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Hooray for School Visits!

I had the pleasure of visiting Ms. Bradunas’s class at the Our Lady of Hope/St. Luke School in Baltimore, MD this past Tuesday. We talked about The Storm, the first book in the Dogs of the Drowned City series, the real-world inspiration for the story, and how I created a dog’s eye view of the…

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Cage Match: A Tale of Two Cities vs. The Hunger Games

This week, I thought I would take on the YA-is-super-dark-and-isn’t-this-a-sign-teens-and-YA-authors-today-are-evil/morbid/violent/etc. argument. This issue crops up again and again in the media, like here and here. It came up in my FastCompany interview. And yes, there is a lot of heavy stuff in YA literature today. But is this a sign of change, or are YA…

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This Month in Hypochondria

I am starting to feel like a normal person (well, as normal as possible for me…) again after a rather hectic period of editing Book 2 of the No Safety in Numbers trilogy, No Easy Way Out. I am so excited about this book. I wish I could give it to you right now! Alas,…

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Some thoughts while knee-deep in revisions…

Happy Thursday! I am working away on the final revisions to No Easy Way Out, the sequel to No Safety in Numbers, and thus have few thoughts outside of That Line Could be Tighter and What Happened Here? But I have perused some random things on the interwebs while working and they felt weirdly relevant…

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In defense of the pride I feel in my life choices…

 If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right. – Henry Ford I write this blog in response to a commenter on an interview I did for FastCompany. The commenter called the story of my switch from the law to writing a “rubbish story,” suggesting that I…

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My Book Launch Party: A How-to

I have taken the last month or so off from blogging and tweeting and Facebooking in an effort to remain sane while I finished Book 2 of the No Safety in Numbers trilogy. I am so excited about Book 2! It’s called No Easy Way Out. I hope you like it. I am about to…

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When you learn that the New York Times Book Review reviewed your book…

I’m going to put this down as my new number one entry under “Things That Make My Head Explode.” I’m so thrilled! I can’t believe the amount of awesome that this is! Here, please read it. I’m all verklempt. Thank you to my awesome publicist, Jessica, and to Jennifer Hubert Swan for the review!

My Playlist for No Safety in Numbers

Last week was a busy one! I had my first official TV appearance on WCAX, which was scary, but awesome. And the Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne hosted my launch event for No Safety in Numbers! Thank you to everyone who came out, and thanks especially to Josie Leavitt and everyone at the Flying Pig…

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Happy Belated Birthday to THE RETURN!

I feel terrible that I have not posted about DOGS #3, The Return yet! The third and final book in the Dogs of the Drowned City series, THE RETURN, was released on June 1st. The story follows Shep and his remaining packmates as they try to decide how to survive in the city now that…

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Catching up

I know I have been remiss in keeping up with the blog posts the last few weeks, but I have a good excuse–Look! No Safety in Numbers in the WILD!!! Okay, so that’s not really an excuse. It’s a picture of NO SAFETY IN THE WILD! Which is exciting because it means that you can go and…

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