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Yearly Archives: 2013

comic con recap + upcoming event in BOISE! + an update

So Comic-Con…I don’t really even know where to begin. I couldn’t believe I got to be on this panel with these amazing women (who all said such smart things, and our moderator, Sherrie Smith, was truly fantastic with her thoughtful questions and follow-up). It’s lovely to hear writers you admire talk about writing and characterization and the process. Thank you to all of you who

summertime & comic-con

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. I’m going to get back to a regular posting schedule (right now I’m thinking maybe I’ll post on Mondays? does anyone even read blogs anymore?). But there are two things I wanted to mention before even more days slipped away from this going-far-too-quickly-summer. First, I am going to Comic-Con for the first time! I am over the

personal idols: michael phelps

I have all these thoughts going on in my head about what I should write about. Within the space of a couple of weeks I got to hear two of my (very different) idols speak–Michael Phelps in Pasadena and P.D. James in London. My attendance at one event was very planned (I found out that Michael was speaking in an article online–I think on NBC–and

very big news about my next project!

So I have some big news! I’ve signed on again with Dutton/Julie Strauss-Gabel for two more books! I cannot tell you how happy I am about this. Working with Julie (and the rest of the team at Dutton/Penguin) has been the ideal experience for me. Julie is one of the smartest, kindest, most interesting people I know and it’s an absolute honor to have her

moments

When I was presenting to a group recently, someone asked me about the hard parts of being published and going on tour. There are hard parts now and then (leaving the kids, no sleep, crazy schedules, deadlines, etc.) but there are also so many good parts. Obviously, the best part is getting to meet the readers, who care about the books and the characters. I

palette

I was going through photos on my phone when I found this one that I took of my mom’s pastels. She had them all set up on a plateau in Zion and she was waiting for the light to be just right so that she could capture the sunset on the water and the rocks. I love this picture. Even though she isn’t in it,