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Starting Fresh

We have a new site! The design is by Brandon at A+B Works, and the web developer is Brittny from TechieChic. I think they did a fantastic job and I love the new look. Also, Brandon designed some bookmarks and other fun things that I’ll be able to bring to signings. No longer will I be empty-handed! I really appreciate both of these talented people lending their expertise.

I feel like this is the perfect time to revamp the site because I’m also in the process of revamping some of my life, both personal and professional. The big things stay the same–family, my work as a writer–but I’m trying to think about different ways to simplify while still making the most of everything.

My first book was published in 2006, six years ago, and I’ve been writing daily since 2003. That’s a long time, almost ten years, and you’d think I would have it together by now. But no, we’re coming up on published book #8 (or #10, if you count anthologies), and I’m still learning. I have always written with little ones still at home, but now I have little ones and school-age ones, which creates kind of a perfect storm. When school is in session, the little ones need me during the day, and the big ones need me at night, and that can be tricky to work around with writing. And, my life has changed very much in the past two years in ways I could have never foreseen, and I’m still figuring out what those changes mean and how I can work through them with grace.

One constant is that I will keep writing. I wrote when I was a little girl and could barely form the words on the page. I wrote when I was in elementary school and could never finish a story but loved to start them. I wrote when I was a teenager and then I burned what I had written. I wrote all those months in upstate New York with a new baby and a house full of sorority girls. I write because it is who I am, and guess what.

I am writing something new.

It feels wonderful.

+ comments (8)
  • Your blog looks great! I love that it’s simple and clean. I’m so glad you’re coming to the Austin Teen Book Festival! Yea for visiting Texas! 🙂

  • Tasha
    August 7, 2012

    I find great satisfaction in hearing authors who look like they have it all figured out still talking about figuring it all out because that means I don’t have to know it all right now either. Love the new look, good luck with the balance and can’t wait to hear what you are writing now 🙂

  • Becca
    August 7, 2012

    Good stuff. The site is pretty (and so clean!). Hope you find the balance you need.

  • brook andreoli
    August 7, 2012

    so excited. . .

  • Jenni Elyse
    August 7, 2012

    Love the new look! And, I look forward to hearing about your changes if you choose to share them. 🙂 I know you have to have some things to yourself and your family.

    And, I look forward to your new book! 😀

  • Ashley R.
    August 7, 2012

    I love it! So excited for your new book! 🙂

  • Emy Shin
    August 8, 2012

    I love the simplicity and elegance of the new site!

  • Ashley Nicole Huffman
    August 31, 2012

    i really love your book matched i only have 12 pages left unti i am finished with the book

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