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I'm an author and arts administrator living in New England with my family and pugs. I'm also a caffeine addict and voracious reader. My latest middle grade fantasy novel, SHADOW WEAVER, is available now from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky!

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7:00 pm The Heroes Return Launch Party @ Barnes & Noble
The Heroes Return Launch Party @ Barnes & Noble
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
I’ll be joining Monica Tesler for the launch of her latest book in the Bounders series, THE HEROES RETURN!

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A Year for Renewal

2017 was a difficult year in a lot of ways, and I’m hopeful that 2018 will be much better. We have our newly expanded family to love, learn, and grow with, and I have lots of books to write (my “must-do” goals list is a wee bit longer than usual)! And if we’re lucky and all get out to vote in November, maybe we can correct the course the country is currently taking.

I’m keeping this post short and sweet this year (leaving me more time to write, of course), so without further ado, here are my writing goals for 2018:

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A Year For Words

2017 is going to be an interesting year. In 2015 and 2016, I had new books coming out but this year, I do not (I know! Sad!). However, I do have a new middle grade series beginning in early 2018 which I’m very excited about and a couple surprises in store for 2017 too (sorry, you’ll just have to wait and see :P). So this year my focus will be on looking head and laying the ground work for the great things on the horizon in 2018.

Which essentially means writing lots and lots of words. Words in books (at least 3!), but also words in letters to my state representatives, house and senate committees, etc. about issues that are important to me. 2018 is also a year for midterm elections and a pivotal opportunity to gain ground for the rights the incoming administration threatens. I know a lot of people say that writers should keep politics out of their books and online presence — personally, I think that perhaps they don’t quite understand the nature of writing. Writing is a conduit for freedom of expression. It is a thing we are able to do freely in this country due to the protections of the First Amendment. Writing is an inherently political act, and like it or not, we (at the very least) subconsciously imbue our works with our own moral, ethical, and political undertones. Ignoring that, denying that, feels dishonest to me.

I think recognizing this is particularly important when writing for children. Teens and tweens are much smarter than they are often given credit for being, and they’re aware of what’s going on in the world. Avoiding those issues is doing them a disservice and denying them the chance to process their fears in a safe space: within the pages of a book. Themes of being bullied, parents getting a divorce, family members battling a disease are seen in all types of fiction from contemporary to fantasy to post-apocalyptic. Tackling any of the many potential issues from the incoming administration is no different — it’s about to become a real part of our lives. Looking the other way will not change that. So, I’ll be doing my part in the ways that I can. Writing stories and writing letters and doing what I can to help create positive change.

Anyway, it’s tradition for me to post my fiction writing goals on my blog each year to keep myself accountable. Last year, I managed to complete all the “Must Dos” and all but one of the “Want To Dos” which is not too shabby. Maybe this will be the year I’ll finally cross everything off this list!

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2016 – What A Year

Well, 2016 is nearly over. In some ways that’s a blessing, and in others it’s pretty darn terrifying. It’s impossible to ignore the impact of this year’s election. The hate and fear-mongering that plagued it managed to taint even happy, exciting events. So I’m keeping it short and sweet this time. Here’s hoping there are some rays of light in 2017 too.

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How did 2016 treat you? What are you looking forward to in the new year?

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2015 – Year of Saying Yes

YearofYES2It’s hard to believe 2015 is already over (seriously, where did the year go?!). I spent most of 2014 preparing for 2015 and it did not disappoint! It was a year filled with firsts and fun and stress and saying Yes to as many opportunities as possible.

I’m very lucky to be in a place where I have a part time day job and a flexible schedule that allowed me to do as much as I did. I think I actually said Yes to every invitation I got for a book event, blog post, school or library visit, etc on top of all the other opportunities I pursued myself. I went to several new places and met a ton of awesome booksellers, readers, librarians, teachers, and authors. In short, it was a flat-out AMAZING year.

But saying Yes to everything also has some drawbacks. To be honest, I took on too much and spent most of the year feeling overwhelmed and behind on everything.  So while it was incredibly fun and rewarding, it was also very stressful. Plus I’m an introvert, so being “on” so often can give me anxiety. However, 2015 was a great learning experience on how to fake being an extrovert for a short time…as long as I got to have a day or two of hibernating afterwards. And that hibernation meant I pulled back from non-book related activities without really realizing it. I’m kind of a workaholic, so when I feel like I have ALL THE THINGS to do, I get so focused on it that occasionally that means I may not reach out to family and friends for a lot longer than I should. While I love writing and making up worlds, it isn’t healthy for me to spend so much time alone in my own head. I unintentionally pulled away from my support system, and that’s something I definitely need to remedy in 2016.

Long story short, 2015 was a very exciting year, and now I need a nap and to include more non-bookish activities on my docket for 2016. I also want to say THANK YOU to those of you who came out to my events, bought Monstrous, read Monstrous, supported me in any way shape or form – you are awesome and helped make this year one of the best in a long time! 🙂

These were some of my favorite highlights of the year:

 

HOW DID 2015 TREAT YOU? WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THE NEW YEAR? HERE’S TO A FABULOUS 2016! 

 

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A Year to Debut

2015This is IT, guys! 2015. The year Monstrous will be out in the world! I’m so flipping excited! *muppet flails*

If you happen to be in the Boston area, consider yourself invited to my launch party on Tuesday February 17, 2015, 7pm at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA (it has parking and it’s T-accessible). If you’re not and you’d like a signed copy of Monstrous, you can pre-order one from Porter Square Books here and just put “signed” in the order comments. AND if you’ve already pre-ordered Monstrous, you rock and I’d love to send you a Swag Pack!

Over the past couple years, my resolutions have focused on setting goals for things I want to accomplish and treating my writing like a job (because, hey, it IS). I’m a list person, so I’ve found it very beneficial to have benchmarks to go by and to help me prioritize. The result: I’ve been super productive and you know what? I kind of love this whole writing-as-a-job thing. If 2015 goes well, maybe I can keep doing it for a while longer 🙂

Despite some craziness during the year, I actually managed to accomplish all of the items on my 2014 Must-Do list, and about half of the Want-To-Do list. Since 2015 has the added unknown factor of promoting Monstrous, I have fewer items on my Must-Do list, but I’m still hopeful that I’ll be able to complete most of my Want-To-Dos. We’ll see how that goes!

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