Category Archives: Writing

Meet the Molehills: Sneak peek behind the book cover

Molehill starts with M. And mischief starts with Molehills. The Molehills will be arriving on bookshelves this summer in “The Mountain of Dempsey Molehill.” But just who is the Molehill family? Get a sneak peek of who you’ll meet between … Continue reading

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Rebranding future books under a new imprint

The past three years have been devoted to work on The Mountain of Dempsey Molehill. First writing it, then rewriting … and rewriting … and editing … and rewriting … and editing … and … You get the picture. But … Continue reading

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Dear Opossums, I owe you an apology

Even though opossums are fierce on the surface (I have to confess it’s a little off-putting when you’re in close quarters with a hissing ‘possum who seems to unhinge its entire face when it opens its mouth), they get an unnecessarily bad reputation. Continue reading

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The power and importance of constructive criticism

When I finished writing my second novel in seventh grade, I was appalled at the idea of an editor suggesting changes to my masterpiece. “I’m never going to let an editor change my work,” I vowed back then. Erm … … Continue reading

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New year, same old story

2018 is already more than a week old. Meanwhile, I’m blinking and flabbergasted, wondering, “Where is the time going?” A year ago, I set a goal to finish writing “The Mountain of Dempsey Molehill” within the 365-day time frame of … Continue reading

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Let’s start at the beginning: A writing update

Books start at the beginning. They have a first chapter, a first page, a first word. It’s the logical place to start. That’s also the hardest place for me to begin writing a book. I usually know what happens in … Continue reading

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How readers can react to ‘Handbook’ ruckus

On Thursday, YA organizations and social media were buzzing about the New York Times best-seller list. The short version of what happened: A new teen novel, “Handbook for Mortals,” came out of the blue to bump “The Hate U Give” … Continue reading

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