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REVIEW: A Literary Tea Party cookbook

I was walking through the newsroom where I work two weeks ago when a reporter waved me to his desk. “I know you like literary things,” he said. “Have you heard about this new cookbook that’s coming out?” He gestured … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘Out of My Mind’ by Sharon Draper

I wanted to love this book. I was introduced to “Out of My Mind” by fourth-graders at McKinley Elementary School in Ottawa, Ill. During a round of questions and answers, they asked me to name my favorite books, then shared … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Imaginary’ [A.F. Harrold, Emily Gravett]

My previous news editor used to say, “Every good story begins with a question.” He wasn’t telling us the first sentence of an article had to end with a question mark. Instead, it was his advice for finding a starting … Continue reading

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Judge’s review of ‘Sarah & Katy and the Imagination Blankets’

Back in February, I entered “Sarah & Katy and the Imagination Blankets” in the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. I found out in mid-October that my book was not among the winning entries. It would be a lie to say … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: A Girl with a Cape, by Amy Logan

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of joining my nieces for a reading and book signing by Amy Logan, author the the “A Girl With a Cape” books. The visit was my first encounter with these tales, which tell the … Continue reading

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The best feedback I’ve ever received as a writer

Over the weekend, my family gathered at my parents’ house to celebrate my 28th birthday. The family definitely knows me well and had the gifts to prove it: four boxes of banana-flavored Little Debbie Marshmallow Pies, newspaper-print Converse shoes, a … Continue reading

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Take a deep breath, read a word at a time: A writer on reading reviews

The first few weeks SARAH & KATY AND THE IMAGINATION BLANKETS was listed on Goodreads, I checked the website obsessively multiple times per day. I was both eager and anxious for that most important of components to a recently published … Continue reading

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