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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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Character Transformation and Writing

Last week I wrote about “windows” and “mirrors” in creative writing, and how travel–or really any experience with difference, even in own neighborhood–can challenge our expectations about the world and provide great fuel for writing. This week I want to … Continue reading

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Writing and Travel

Folks talk about creative writing providing windows and mirrors: stories that allow us to feel and experience another’s context or perspective (windows) and tales that help us better understand ourselves (mirrors). I tend to gravitate toward writing that offers me … Continue reading

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