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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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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Book Review: Love & Gelato

How cute is this book??? Answer: From the cover to the storyline, INCREDIBLY cute. Think Stephanie Perkins meets Jenny Han and set in Florence. Okay, so I sort of saw most of the plot twists coming, but that didn’t lessen my reading experience. Love & Gelato swallowed me up in Italian sunshine, and I got so, […]

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Book Deal!

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have already seen some very exciting news. I HAVE A BOOK DEAL! The fact that I can even type that sentence is a miracle. I keep reminding myself: This is actually happening. Holy crap, it’s happening! The first book is called If Birds Fly Back, and I’m […]

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Things I’m Loving in June

Reading: I finished reading One Day for the second time, and despite the rather unfortunate (that’s putting it lightly!) ending, I’m still just as obsessed with this will-they-won’t-they book as I was before. It reminded me why I love funny books – and why I want to write them as well. Summer Days & Summer Nights, […]

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Book review: Summer Days & Summer Nights 

Short stories for a YA audience are something you don’t see every day, and perhaps that was why I was immediately attracted to Summer Days & Summer Nights (many thanks to Rachel Petty at Macmillan for providing me with this book!). The best thing about this reading experience was the exposure to new authors. Although […]

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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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