Monthly Archives: April 2012

My Simon & Schuster author video

It’s official.  I am in the Simon & Schuster “Author Portal.”  (At least the link works on AOL.)  And I love how much Level3 footage they used!

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World Book Night (at the Merrimack-Nashua JV lacrosse game)

World Book Night was a great success!  Since my sleepy, little New Hampshire town shuts down by 7:00pm, I handed out my copies of Peace Like A River a tad early, at my nephew’s JV lacrosse game.  What a joy it was to give away one of my very favorite books.

The Merrimack - Nashua boys JV lacrosse game.

Yes folks, it's true. I am the half-time show.

She was glad for the rainy weather, since it meant more reading time.

The score Merrimack 8, Nashua 5. But the readers are the real winners. ;)

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Writing for a Genre That Doesn’t Exist (Yet)

Aspiring writers, fans of Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat!, and enhanced e-book enthusiasts should check out my blog post on BlakeSnyder.com today:  Writing for a Genre That Doesn’t Exist (Yet).

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Why I Write

Head on over to Tangled Up in Words and learn the answer…

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But How Many Words Per Minute?

A great YouTube find!  I am hoping for a typolution myself at the moment. ;) –Hilary

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The Last Seven Books I Bought

Yesterday, on Presenting Lenore, the lovely and talented Lenore Appelhans revealed the last seven books she’d bought, and to my delight, REUNITED was on the list (as a pre-order, of course)!  So, I’ve decided to join in the fun and do it, too.  This was actually a bit harder than I thought, since I’ve been trying not to spend so much money on books.  Plus, I’ve been reading lots of ARCs lately, and my mom just passed along the incredible yet emotionally traumatizing Sarah’s Key (my current read), but here goes.

1) Croak by Gina Damico (well, technically, I haven’t bought it yet, but I will at her book party (woo hoo!) at the Burlington, MA Barnes & Noble next week).  I am soooooooo excited to read this!


2) Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty  At the suggestion of a friend, I bought this at Longfellow Books in Portland, ME two weeks ago.  It’s in the line-up on my nightstand, but I haven’t read it yet.

3) The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay My sister said it was a must-read & she was absolutely right.  What an incredible book.  Bryce Courtney is a genius.

4) An Abundance of Katherines by John Green  After reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson, I needed more John Green.  It’s in the line-up.


5) Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green, David Levithan  LOVED it! This is a book I want everyone to read, especially high school kids.


6) Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen A.C. Gaughen is such an amazing writer and even though I’d already read the ARC on Netgalley, I just had to own a copy myself.  In my humble opinion, Scarlet is one of the best female characters in all of YA lit.  I adore this book!


7) SWELL by Corwin Ericson.  Another one in the line-up.  (Plus, I bought two additional copies as gifts.) Cory is my friend Bethany’s brother & his book is getting lots of great buzz, especially around Boston.

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Start with Failure: The Advice No Aspiring Writer Ever Wants to Hear

I was 23-years-old when I made my first feature film. It took me a year to write the script, six months to raise the money, two weeks to shoot it, and three months of editing. The following two years were spent trying to find a distributor and crying myself to sleep each night I failed to do so…  Check out the full story over at the Adventures in YA & Children’s Publishing blog.

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