Out with the Old, In with the New: Book 2, Diary #4

It’s amazing how new characters can pop up and surprise you. The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind journey for my second novel. I realized as I was reading through a very early draft that something wasn’t working, and then it hit me. My love interest. My cute, soccer-playing boy from North Carolina. He […]

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Book Review: The Weight of Zero

My heart! Oh, my heart. This book has completely stolen it. Please believe me when I say that the hype surrounding THE WEIGHT OF ZERO is completely deserved. Before I even jump into the storyline, can we just step back for a moment and admire that glorious cover? Have you admired it? Okay, good… It […]

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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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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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Editing! Yay!

So, I’m just going to come out and admit that I like editing more than the early creative stages of writing. There’s just something ridiculously satisfying about taking a lump of words (because, let’s be honest, no one’s first drafts are that stellar) and turning them into something shiny and glorious. I get pretty excited by it. […]

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Writing + Music

During drafting, if I hit on a song I like – something that really works with the tone, message, or plot of my book – I listen to it on repeat. Sometimes all day. I’ve heard of writers who loop one song for the entire writing process. I’m not sure if I’ll ever love a […]

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Query Tips

So you’ve completed your book. Congratulations! This is a humongous achievement, and you should give yourself a pat on the back for even making it this far. Well done, you. I get asked a lot about tips for approaching literary agents – the oh-so-scary query process – so I thought I’d compile some useful things here. […]

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On Writing and Anxiety

Last month, I was inspired by the ultra-talented Harriet Reuter Hapgood, whose super fabulous debut The Square Root of Summer comes out May 5th (I promise I’ll review it soon!). She wrote an article for Stylist about the very real anxiety of writing a debut novel, and if you haven’t read the article, you should here. It […]

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My Actual Query Letter

When I was querying (oh, I’m biting my nails just thinking about it!), I was maniacally trolling the boards of websites like AgentQuery Connect, looking for any inspiration I could find for how to craft my query letter. In that spirit, I’m including my full query letter to Claire Wilson (my now-agent) here – minus a few […]

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