Category Archives: YA

A few months ago, I had the great privilege of reading HAMMER OF WITCHES, a brand-new debut historical fantasy from author Shana Mlawski. A BOY main character! A unique historical setting! Awesome cultural interaction with Jews and Moors in Inquisition-era … Continue reading

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Hello all, and welcome to my stop on the YA SCAVENGER HUNT! Confused about anything hunt related? Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. Basically, there are TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can … Continue reading

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Saw a great blog post today by Michelle Maison on getting the perfect title for your work (via Janice Hardy), and in reading, realized that I have utilized many of these methods myself. Sometimes, the perfect title comes in an … Continue reading

Posted in PAP, star-swept, writing advice, writing life, YA 1 Comment

Let me start out this post by saying RIO IS FINE, and also, because it can’t be stated often enough (and for anyone who got here by googling): DON’T FEED YOUR DOG CHOCOLATE, GRAPES, OR RAISINS, and definitely no sugar-free … Continue reading

Posted in other writers, Rio, SSG, star-swept, unicorns, writing advice, writing life, YA, zoo 1 Comment

I’m battling a cold and sub-freezing temperatures (why, DC? Why?) so let’s keep it cheery today. First up, BenBella, the publisher of my new anthology Shadowhunters and Downworlders, a Mortal Instruments Companion, is doing a fun, illustrated excerpt thing on … Continue reading

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It has recently been pointed out to me that I include a lot of religious themes in my fiction. Given that I set a whole series in the ruins of a Catholic nunnery, I suppose this is an undeniable fact. … Continue reading

Posted in PAP, short stories, SSG, story, writing life, YA 4 Comments

A few years ago, when the term first cropped up, I wrote a couple of posts about so-called “New Adult” books. At the time, it was a term coined by a couple of editors at St. Martin’s Press who were … Continue reading

Posted in biz, new adult, other writers, SSG, writing industry, YA 15 Comments

On the YALSA blog, there is a discussion of white washing on the cover of YA novels, and one of the novels mentioned is For Darkness Shows the Stars. There are many inaccuracies in this article (including stating that LIAR … Continue reading

Posted in biz, industry, mea culpa, Oceania, other writers, PAP, responses, SSG, star-swept, writing advice, writing industry, writing life, YA 11 Comments

Thing 1: Q (whose name is not actually Quinn, sorry) and I went to see Ally Condie speak at the Bethesda Library last night. She was remarkably well-behaved throughout Ally’s discussion (in which she TOTALLY name-dropped For Darkness Shows the … Continue reading

Posted in diversions, other writers, Queenie, star-swept, writing industry, YA 2 Comments

Possibly the best thing ever. Everyone go look at it, except for Sailor Boy, who may suddenly realize that the Printz Awards are attended by folks other than elderly lady librarians. Yes, it’s safe for work. But maybe not safe … Continue reading

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