Pinterest: Book 2, Diary #3

While drafting If Birds Fly Back, I didn’t use Pinterest at all, but for book 2, I find myself gravitating towards it more and more. Book 2 is so very much influenced by setting that I thought I’d give Pinterest a serious try. And I love it! For me, it really helps with atmosphere – a reminder that […]

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In Which I Ask Myself Questions and Then Answer Them

So, If Birds Fly Back is your first novel, right? Yes and no. I wrote my first full-length novel between the ages of nine and thirteen. While The Lady of the Tree was short on things like plot, character development or an original title, it was strong in enthusiasm. I knew deep down that writing was what I […]

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Book Review: Girl in Pieces

Thanks to Netgalley for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Just, wow. I’m not sure what impresses me most about Girl in Pieces: the elegance of the writing, the depth and punch of the narrative, or the way we’re pulled into this story so fiercely that it’s impossible to […]

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Book Review: Saint Anything

I’ve read a good deal of Sarah Dessen books, so I don’t think it would be wrong for me to claim that Saint Anything is her best. Like The Truth About Forever, it has a love story—but the book is so, so much more than that. It’s about family struggling to keep it together after […]

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Book Review: Gilded Cage

WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW. Think: plus plus This book is seriously hard to put down. The pacing is so quick (in the absolute best way), and it’s one of the most unique concepts I’ve seen in ages. At first I was a bit like, oh sure, it’s being compared to Game of Thrones, yeah […]

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My Writing Process: Book 2, Diary #2

Creating a book (a whole big book with words and pages, oh my!) is rather intimidating. It doesn’t matter if you’ve written a complete book before; what I’ve learned is that the second time is just as nerve-wracking – possibly even more so. A few people have asked me recently about my writing process, so […]

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Book Review: #famous

A summary of my reactions to #famous I honestly believe that readers who appreciate Rainbow Rowell and Stephanie Perkins would be hard-pressed not to love #famous, and here’s why: Rachel and Kyle are equally adorable yet distinct people. It’s incredibly difficult to write dual POV that feels nuanced, but the MCs in #famous both have […]

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Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See

I have finally finished this! Hallelujah! In all seriousness, I am completely embarrassed by how long it took me to complete ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE (*cough, cough* four months). I’ll compare it to a really rich chocolate cake – you love it, but you can only handle several bites at a time. The […]

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Pub dates!

I’m very happy to share that I have two official pub dates! If Birds Fly Back will be available on June 27th in the US and June 29th in the UK!

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Book 2 Diary, #1

Ah, the fearsome Book 2—striking panic in authors since the beginning of time. This may be the first of many Book 2 posts… or not. I haven’t quite decided yet, but I knew that I needed to get some thoughts on paper (or on the Internet, in this case). Even before I got my book […]

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