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Thoughts sparked by the death of Lois Duncan

The news of Lois Duncan’s death reached me today. Lois, a revolutionary author who essentially created her own genre of young adult suspense, died yesterday at her home at 82 years old. Her best-known title is probably “I Know What … Continue reading

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Balancing time as a working author

Successful writers have mastered a key element of the writing process. It’s not characterization, or pacing, or voice, or outlining. All of those are important, but there’s an essential cornerstone that the best authors lay. Time management. When I give … Continue reading

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Illinois teachers, here’s an essay contest for your students

As a change of pace, instead of asking elementary school students to read, I’m asking them to write. I’m excited to announce the inaugural Sarah & Katy essay contests. Two contests are open to third- and fourth-grade students in Illinois: … Continue reading

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Q&A with the author

The Times newspaper in Ottawa, Ill., published this Q&A with me earlier this week about my newly released children’s chapter book, “Sarah & Katy and the Book of Blank.” To read the original, click here. The full Q&A is included … Continue reading

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A house fit for an author

For about five years, I’ve loved this house from afar. I first encountered it when I met my husband. During our early dates, we would take long walks around his hometown of Streator, and I developed the habit of pointing … Continue reading

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