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Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Boy, do I need to post updates!!! So many updates! Good stuff coming soon, so stay tuned — I’ll finally be updating the blog later this week. 🙂 Happy Wednesday!


Friday, June 21st, 2013

Last night, I got to tell Neil Gaiman, in person, how he is my biggest influence as an author, and that I write because of him.


Neil Gaiman in Saratoga Springs on June 20, 2013, on his last US signing tour.

That’s me, shaking his hand, bawling as I thanked him. Next to him is the fabulous Cat Mihos, with whom I’ve been emailing on and off for, oh, years. She’s outstanding, and I’m so glad she was there. I would have said something coherent to her, except I gave Neil a copy of BREATH, and then he hugged me, and I cried even more. Good cry, not bad cry!

Getting to talk to Neil last night was a shining moment for me. Loving Husband and two of my dear friends were right there, after we waited on line for hours — it was about 11 pm when it was our turn — and I’m so thrilled they were there to share the moment.

Thank you, Neil, for doing this last US signing tour, for picking Saratoga Springs as one of the 16 cities for your tour, and for signing books for hours and hours and hours. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I can’t wait to read THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE.


Day 3 of the Crossroads Blog Tour of 2012

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Today I visit Confessions of a Bookaholic for day 3 of the Crossroads Blog Tour of 2012! You can find out a little about BREATH, and learn five things about me that you may not have known. 🙂

Meanwhile, I’m still reading Daniel Marks’ Velveteen, and I’m enjoying it hugely. I’ve never seen the afterword like this!

I’m also working on converting one manuscript from third person to first person. It’s a labor of love.

Don’t forget that comments are still open on the Authors Against Bullying post, for a chance to win signed books from me and A.S. King, who’s one of my favorite authors, and on the Velveteen giveaway post. Even if you already commented, please make sure it’s there – I had massive spam issues, but thanks to my awesome web guru, I have a new spam-b-gone in place. (As much as I like playing whack-a-mole, it gets tiring when there are more than 41,000 moles.)

Day 2 of The Crossroads Blog Tour of 2012

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

It’s Day 2 of the Crossroads Blog Tour! Today, Judith Graves and I are at Late Bloomer Online! Come read our interviews, then follow the instructions for a chance to win a Kindle pre-loaded with 13 books!

Separately, I’ve been working on two things.

First, I’ve been cleaning up alllllllllllll the spam comments trapped in my PENDING section. (41,000+ spam comments! Yow!) Akismet has also been trapping my legit comments in the spam/pending filter too. UGH. I’ve been doing this manually, and I think I approved all of the legit stuff. BUT – if you’ve commented on the Authors Against Bullying giveaway post and/or the VELVETEEN giveaway post AND your comment hasn’t shown up, please repost! Both giveaways are open to comments until October 30.

Second, I’ve been working on a project for my Precious Little Tax Deductions. I originally wrote the piece in close third person…but now, for the revision, I’m switching it to first person POV. And guys…it’s working! I read the revised first chapter to my boys, and they loved it! Both boys said they preferred the story this way, in first person. My older son was riveted as I read to them, and my younger son (who’s a wee bit under the age range of the project at the moment) laughed at a good number of the funny lines. I’m thrilled! So I’m focusing on this project for them. Who knows? Maybe with no sleep over the next week, I’ll finish it before NANO. 🙂

Falling In Love Again

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Been working on a bright and shiny new project lately. And I’m loving it. I’m writing it for the Precious Little Tax Deductions. And I’m writing it for me. It’s a middle-grade novel. It’s got supernatural creatures in it. And I’m falling in love with it. Just wrote two chapters in two days. My insane goal is to finish the draft before Labor Day. Rah! (That should be interesting, because my revision letter for LOSS should be coming any day now. Yikes.)

There’s nothing quite like falling in love with a story. It makes all the time sitting in front of the computer, staring at the screen and wishing to God I could find the right words, completely worth it. It’s the sheer joy of losing myself in the story. And it is freaking AMAZING. I love this feeling. I love falling in love again with a new project.

Just wanted to share. 🙂

Secret Identity

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

I have made an extremely important discovery.

Light from DEATH NOTE…

…is really Justin Bieber.

More about HUNGER in new interview

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

So you probably know I have an alter ego as Jackie Kessler, novelist for adults. I had the opportunity to chat with Jackie Morgan from Literary Escapism during the RT 2010 convention, and during the interview I talked a lot about HUNGER and the world of the Riders’ Quartet. (Yeah, that’s what I’m calling the Horsemen books. I like it. Has a nice ring to it.)

We talked about my adult series too, and why I went with a slightly different name for my young adult books. But I thought you might be interested in reading more about HUNGER and the Riders. And hey, if you’re into superheroes, my second superhero novel, SHADES OF GRAY (coauthored with Caitlin Kittredge), hits the shelves Tuesday, June 22, 2010 here in the US and in Canada. SHADES OF GRAY, like the first book, BLACK AND WHITE, is dystopian. Think Frank Miller’s THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, or Alan Moore’s WATCHMEN, or Neil Gaiman’s SANDMAN.

The interview is here.

If you want to preorder HUNGER, you can do that here, here and here (among other places).

If you want to preorder SHADES OF GRAY, you can do that here, here and here (ditto the among other places).

And another interview, this one talking more about SHADES OF GRAY, is here.

Both interviews have contests to win a copy of the first superhero book, BLACK AND WHITE. 🙂

Gonna Make A Playlist

Friday, March 12th, 2010

My cousin died this week. She’d had cancer, both years ago and then again more recently, and this time, there was no escaping the final outcome. I went to her funeral yesterday, and I listened to the rabbi talk about my cousin, and heard her son deliver a powerful eulogy. He said that my cousin was defined by pain and pride — one was etched into every fiber of her being, and the other was how she fiercely took pleasure from the accomplishments of her loved ones. Her son is a college student, but as he spoke about his mom, and helped his grandmother stand strong in the face of burying a child, it hit me that he had been forced to grow up much too soon.

Parents shouldn’t have to bury their kids.

Kids shouldn’t have to juggle college classes around their mother’s funeral.


ME: Sometimes, life seems horribly unfair.

DEATH: Life isn’t unfair. Life simply is. It’s people who go about trying to pigeonhole the vastness of life into some preconceived notion. You should stop that.

ME: Pfft. Easy for you to say. You’re Death. You don’t have just a handful of years to try to make sense out of everything.

DEATH: You think being eternal means you can actually make sense out of things? T’y’ah. As if.

ME: So if there’s no right answer — if some things never make sense, like someone dying too soon — then…why are we here?

DEATH: That’s easy. You’re here to live, for as long as you’re alive.

ME: That’s it?

DEATH: That’s it. What you do with your life is your choice. Sure, some things will be outside of your control. Disease, for example. I mean, yeah, you can do things that make it more likely you’re going to get sick, but whether or not you actually get sick, well, that’s not your call. It’s not how long you live, but how well.

ME: Sometimes, things still seem horribly unfair.

DEATH: Again, you’re trying to shoehorn life into neat categories. Fair, unfair, deserved, lucky. What have you. That’s not what it’s about. Life is about living. Everything else is just how you label it. And as a wise person once said, labels are for soup cans.

ME: Huh. Maybe. Still, I’m feeling lousy about it.

DEATH: You know what helps?

ME: What?

DEATH: Listening to some fabulous music.


This would have been a different conversation if it had been Pestilence instead of Death. For one thing, Pestilence doesn’t appreciate good music.

So now I’m making a Life Can Be Lousy But At Least I Have Good Music playlist. I’m open to suggestions.

Happy Birthday to Me

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

My birthday is here! Cake for breakfast and happiness all around! Here’s wishing everyone a marvelous, magical day.

A new Post Mortem is on its way — stay tuned!


Monday, November 16th, 2009

I was interviewed at The Book Resort! Come see!

Thanks, Diane!