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Friday a strange thing happened. I was gone from the computer for several hours and when I returned home, my inbox was crammed full of email. It's not unusual for me to have a lot of email. I even dread going on vacation because of it. But nearly 100% of these new messages were notifications that...
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GIRLS IN TRUCKS, Katie Crouch. Southern debutante Sarah Walters takes center stage in this novel of interconnected stories, each literary snapshot focusing on a different stage in her developments from young member of the Charleston Cotillion Training School to her return home as a thirtysomething...
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In the New York Times the other day there was an article on John Cheever's life in suburbia. At one point, it said of his widow, "Mrs. Cheever took care to point out that her husband wrote only in the mornings because by the afternoon he was often drunk on gin." That got me thinking about...
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GEEKTASTIC: STORIES FROM THE NERD HERD, edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci. This anthology, due out in August, is a solid collection of short fiction featuring A-List novelists of YA literature tuning up their inner geek. Standout stories include those from Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith...
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A year ago this past December, I hired a professional to revamp my website. He did a terrific job, adding several nice bells and whistles. One was Stat Counter, so I can check how many hits the site gets per day, how long each visitor stays, where they come from and how many are repeat visitors....
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THE HUNTRESS: YEAR ONE. Ivory Madison; Cliff Richards, illustrator. I have to admit that before reading this graphic novel, I had no idea Bruce Wayne (Batman) and Seline Kyle (Catwoman) had a daughter together. What rock have I been living under??? Turns out that character has had many alterations...
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Can you still be a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize if Publishers Weekly thinks your book is no great shakes? Apparently you can. Earlier this week on a writing forum we were talking about the importance of reviews. The subject came up because one of our members had received a poor review from one...
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My mother was unexpectedly admitted to the hospital on Sunday, so today's regularly scheduled blog post has been canceled. In its place, I'm rerunning a piece I wrote for The Huffington Post two years ago for Mother's Day. It's called "The Female Line": This is a story about women. I know...
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It's an embarrassment of riches here this week and quite an eclectic mix, some on the shelves now, some due shortly. LAURA RYDER'S MASTERPIECE, Jane Hamilton. Ms. Hamilton is a real writer's writer, never mining the same field twice. This time out, the author of the moving bestsellers The Book of...
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There's a rumor going round that unlike literary fiction, genre fiction is plot driven without a theme in sight. OK, maybe that's not the exact wording, but you get the idea. Or, if there is a theme, it's a simplistic one. With some genres, you could even make the case of a universal theme. In...
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Crazy Beautiful
In September my next YA novel will come out, CRAZY BEAUTIFUL, a contemporary re-visioning of Beauty & the Beast told in he-said/she-said fashion about a boy with hooks for hands and a gorgeous girl who meet on their first day at a new school. Now, about those hooks... When I originally...
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Georgia's Greatness
The Sisters Eight, Book 3: Georgia's Greatness goes on sale today. Please tell anyone you know with 6- to 10-year-olds who love to read! It all began with Annie's Adventures, of which Kirkus said, "BaratzLogsted's tales of thrills, suspense and hijinks should satisfy adventureseeking young...
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I'm on a short least this week, so today's post is simply an announcement about an online event featuring my husband and me where we'll answer questions about writing and publishing. I hope some of you will attend. I hope to be back next Tuesday with a more substantive post, perhaps one on theme or...
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Ever heard that one about a rising tide lifting all boats? It's been my experience as a writer that you don't get very far in this business, at least not spiritually, unless you come across other writers who are willing to buoy you up along the way. Today's post then is a shout-out to just a few of...
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So here I am talking about Twitter again. Seems like lately, a lot of what I get interviewed about is Twitter. Twitter, Twitter, Twitter. On the front page of the Arts section of the New York Times this past Saturday, Alessandra Stanley wrote an article - "What Are You Doing? Media Twitterers...
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