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First, the fun news! I've got an interview up over at my publisher's blog today. You can find it here

And now for the other news. I am going to say goodbye to my Live Journal blog. I've been posting here for several years, but for a while now, it hasn't gotten my full attention. I have two other blogs I maintain, which are updated regularly. I'll still follow the blogs I read on here. I just won't be posting anymore. If you wish to follow me and get all the news on Spirit World, including my upcoming cover, you can find my personal blog over at:


And my short story blog that I share with three other authors is over here:


In fact, if you click on that link any time before Friday, you'll see my latest short story, The Boy with the Bleeding Feet.

Thanks everyone!


Proof That Authors Should Read Everything

My current WIP in progress is MG fantasy, so I've been immersing myself in titles such as The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo, and Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes, both of which I recommend. But to give my mind a break and to get back to my primary genre, I recently chose a YA contemporary. It was a Kindle book that I got on sale, thinking it would be a fun, fluffy read. But, dangit, if I didn't learn something from it. You see, the protragonist is a science nerd, just like the MC in my MG fantasy. Small world, huh? And that YA contemporary helped me solve a problem I was having in the first third of my book. Proof that authors should read everything.

Fiction Femme Fatale Contest

Over at Fiction Femme Fatale (the flash fiction site I run with three other authors) we are hosting our first ever contest. The prizes include:

An ARC of The Diviners by Libba Bray

An ARC of The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer (Kurt on Glee)

A query critique by Lucienne Diver (agent with The Knight Agency)

Critiques by our very own Amy and Stefanie

Head on over to http://fictionfemmefatale.blogspot.com/ to check it out!


A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

My crit buddies and I started a short story blog in an effort to help us improve that writing habit we all seem to have. Each week, one of us posts a 1,000 word story based off a photo prompt. But, because there are only three of us, and we'd like to feature other fabulous authors out there, we take submissions* for the fourth week of the month.

You can find my first story here: Peace

And Stefanie Jones' story is here: Behind the Glass

*We've already chosen an author for April, but we'll be posting the photo for May in the next week.


My critique partner, Amy Christine Parker, had a big announcement today:

Parker Lands at RH Children’s for Debut YA

Amy Christine Parker closed a two-book deal with Suzy Capozzi at Random House Children’s Books for her debut effort, The Silo. Capozzi bought world rights, for six figures at auction, from Lucienne Diver at the Knight Agency. The YA book, which is scheduled for fall 2013, follows a teenage girl named Lyla who has been living in a religious cult after the disappearance of her sister. While her parents are hopelessly under the sway of the group’s leader, Pioneer, Lyla is drawn into a dangerous situation when she begins to question Pioneer’s prophecy about the impending apocalypse.

2013 is going to be a big year for my wonderful critique partners, as my other partner, Dianne Salerni, has Caged Graves coming out that year as well. Caged Graves sold to Clarion last summer.

Congratulations, ladies! You're both amazing!

Going to the Fair

In continuing my blogs about the wonders of Florida fairs/festivals, I present to you the Osceola County Fair.

Now, I have not been to a fair in any other state since I was very, very short (photographic evidence of this will be presented if I can ever find the picture), but I am fairly certain most states have things like chainsaw carving.

And 4h tents.

But I wonder, do all states have animals like giraffes?

And what about Cotswold Sheep?

Or zebras?

In all, a good time was had, although I did end up making an unexpected return trip the next day because I left my wallet on a ride there. Thank you to the kind person who turned it in. I wish you lots of good karma.

What about you guys? What fun things do you like about the fair?


These two things happened within one week of each other. I suppose in some places, there is a season in between the leaves falling and the trees budding, but here in Florida, there is not.* This is also where my next novel is set, in the scary hot summer in the middle of the Green Swamp.

*Not bragging. I miss the snow in Virginia like you wouldn't believe.

My Workspace

Today's blog gives you a peek at my office space.


Field Trip to Find a Writing Muse

I am currently about 5k into my latest WIP, and I decided to go out this past Sunday to do some field research. Translation: I was bored stiff and didn't want to sit in the house. So, I took Small Child to Lake Louisa State Park. Although, if you ask him, we went to see "forest" and "lake," because it is not officially a park unless it has a playground.

He was fascinated.

So was I. See this tree? See those branches? They go back to the ground and burrow underneath, kindof like it's clawing it's way across the path. I just know it has to make an appearance in my WIP.

Bonus points if you can tell me what kind of tree it is, because I'd really like to know.

And look at this. Can you picture a rambling mansion somewhere in there? Cause I can.

Can you spot the alligator?

So, that was my weekend. Much fun was had, and I'd love to go back and explore some more. Did you guys do anything fun this past weekend? Where do you go when you're bored and need a muse?

Trains and writing

To say Small Child is obsessed with trains is an understatement.

The other day when we were playing with one of his tracks on the floor, he got bored and tore up part of the track. Instead of getting mad, I created a new game. I called it, "Oh no! Ice!" inspired by The Polar Express. When the trains went off the track, they slid into an ice field and there was much chaos until the trains made their way back to the track. After a couple of rounds of that, to make it even more interesting, the trains ran into a field of dinosaurs who kept jumping in front of them and landing on the cars. Much fun was had by all.

As we were playing I got to thinking how our game applies to writing as well. Characters doing the same things over and over again gets boring. Going in circles for hours will make a reader close a book fast, but throw in an ice field or a herd of dinosaurs, and they just may keep reading.