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The logistics: publishing articles and essays

A couple of weeks ago I put in a plug for the writers’ podcast, Launch. Host and author John August walks listeners through his process of producing a middle-grade novel from start to finish and answers all sorts of logistical … Continue reading

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A perfect podcast for publishing

Have you ever committed to a regular writing practice, perhaps pulled together an essay or the first few chapters of a novel that felt pretty polished, but then wondered, “How on earth do I get this thing published?” When I … Continue reading

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Authoring America’s future

Three cheers for the youth of America who are insisting that the U.S. engage in real conversations about gun violence. I hear and admire you! Part of what inspired me to write A Girl Called Problem–a novel about courageous young … Continue reading

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Joining the ranks of team “fake news”

My essay about building a sleep machine for my infant son, Liam, was published today in The New York Times. I hope the full essay (found here) provides you with a few good laughs. You might also get a kick … Continue reading

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Pulleys and infant insomnia

I’m working on two books at the moment: Kurinji, a young-adult novel set at a boarding school in the mountains of South India; and Sari Swinging: One Mom Opts out of the American Work-Family Grind, a parenting memoir about raising … Continue reading

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Reporting from Nicaragua

A year ago, my family and I were in Granada, Nicaragua, riding on chicken buses, swimming in geothermally-warmed waters, peeking into a caldera flowing with molten lava, and generally enjoying la vida nicarag├╝ense. As we settle into the latter part … Continue reading

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YA–why the genre distinction?

An interview done by Scott Simon on NPR with author Claire Messud about her novel, The Burning Girl, recently caught my attention. The novel is a story of adolescent friendship, but it’s not labeled as YA. This distinction had me … Continue reading

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