Building a character's world

Building a character's world

I've been purposely quieter on the internet this summer because I've felt like I needed a break from the noise. I probably follow too many political pundits and not enough calming voices. But I'm also sort of defensively taking some space for myself as I approach two things: the publication of A Line in the Dark in October, and the start of drafting my next novel.

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Mid-March news: ARCs! NYC Teen Author Festival!

Mid-March news: ARCs! NYC Teen Author Festival!

It's only mid-March but mentally I'm already all the way in October because this week I received the advance review copies of A Line in the Dark. Lookie!

Advance review copies go out to reviewers, which means other people are going to be reading this book soon. This is a nerve-wracking time for the author, because now is the moment the book ceases to be mine alone and becomes ... yours. I am excited and nervous for this book to hit the world.

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Want to see the cover for A LINE IN THE DARK?

This morning, the cover for my novel A Line in the Dark went live on the internet at one of my favorite websites, Autostraddle. I’ll post the direct link in a few paragraphs, but first I want to tell you a little behind-the-scenes detail about the cover. I am fortunate to be working with the super talented team at Dutton Books and Penguin Young Readers on A Line in the Dark, and they really came through with the cover design.

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Things are happening. Many things!

Things are happening. Many things!

Eight months! Which means things are getting real around here. There are a million things that have to happen before a book hits the bookstore shelves, involving everything from double- and triple-checking every word (shout out to copyeditors and proofreaders, who are invaluable), to designing the book cover (which is totally stunning and you will get to see very soon), to advance planning about book events and publicity and …

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