I have BLOG SHAME. It’s been sitting at the bottom of my To Do list all summer, hoping for a rainy day or for me to be trapped in an airport. But how can the blog compete with sun, summer ... Read More
This February and March I’m teaching a class for adult writers at Hugo House. There are still a few seats left. Join me!
Building Your Young Adult Novel
The Icelandic translation of my short story, Before We Go Quiet, is here.
November 29 was the second annual Indie’s First bookstore event. An idea hatched by Sherman Alexie and Janis Segress from Seattle’s Queen Anne Book Company, Indie’s First is a day when authors get ... Read More
I’ll be telling stories this weekend in a BACKFENCEPDX event along with Matthew Dickman, Brian Finkelstein and Vin Shambray. It should be a lovely night of remembrance.... Read More
One night last winter I went to poet Rachel Kessler’s house for a dinner party. Then a snow storm blew in forcing us to spend the night in the guest room. That was the night I discovered Rookie Magazine. ... Read More
I’m writing a new short story. Here’s why that is so scary that I’m not actually working on it right now but writing this blog post instead…I don’t actually write short stories. I write poetry and novels. And, yeah, ... Read More
It’s BANNED BOOKS WEEK again and I’ve been thinking about how IDEAS CAN BE DANGEROUS.
I struggle with the question of content all the time as an author who writes from young adults. During the process of editing COURAGE: DARING ... Read More
It could sound braggy to say that I’m happy with critical response to my second novel STARBIRD MURPHY AND THE WORLD OUTSIDE. But the life of a writer is full of mean days, so I’m going to live ... Read More