Review: The Lost Girls by Heather Young

The Lost Girls

The Lost Girls is an atmospheric mystery that unravels the fate of a young girl who goes missing in 1935. And so much more.

The book hinges on the disappearance of six-year-old Emily Evans, but it is not Emily’s tale.  This is the story of the mother and sisters left behind and the generations of girls who come after, all of whom are arguably more lost than Emily. Continue reading “Review: The Lost Girls by Heather Young”

Review: The Takedown by Corrie Wang

The Takedown by Corrie Wang

My regular readers — both of them — know supporting my writing community is my top priority as a writer. Which is why I have decided to share book reviews here on my site. Yes, these reviews are available elsewhere, but you can never overshare a good book, right? In light of another exciting first I wrote about here, it’s only fitting that The Takedown by Corrie Wang is the first book I review. Continue reading “Review: The Takedown by Corrie Wang”

Facing Fear and Finding Firsts

Firsts Collage

We love to celebrate firsts. First word, first step, first day of school. First date, first kiss, first love, first child. Child’s first word, first step. You get the picture.

There comes a time in life when firsts are few and far between though.  So many of the milestones by which we measure our lives are in the rearview mirror. Those left on the horizon are far off and hazy, and some of them aren’t much worth celebrating anyway. Life may be rich and rewarding, but novelty is hard to come by. If you want new experiences, you have to seek them out. Continue reading “Facing Fear and Finding Firsts”

Characterization via Social Media?

Social media offers a unique avenue for characterization.

The other day I was wasting time on Twitter — er, I mean, maintaining a social media presence — when I came across a blog post that resonated with me deeply. The post examined the fine line between spoiling a child and accommodating special needs, and it immediately brought to mind the protagonist of my WIP. In fact, my first thought upon finishing the post was, “Wow, I wish I could share this with Sarah.” (Sarah, of course, is my protagonist.) Continue reading “Characterization via Social Media?”

AWP17 In a Word: Community

AWP17 Washington DC collage

Excited. Inspired. Exhausted. Finally warm.

These words could be used to describe me as I stepped off the plane that brought me home from AWP17. This was my first writing conference and despite cold temperatures, biting winds, and my regrettable lack of a warm hat, it was everything I’d hoped it would be and more.

Informative. Encouraging. Fun. And more than a little exhausting.

But one word stands out more than any other as I reflect on my experience at AWP17: community. Continue reading “AWP17 In a Word: Community”

2017 AWP Conference

I’m looking forward to attending the 2017 AWP Conference in Washington, D.C. this February. I hope to see you there!

Each year, more than 12,000 writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers join our community for four days of insightful dialogue and networking.

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