I wrote a blog post this week for Scholastic’s On Our Minds Blog about what inspired me to write The Fire Horse Girl. Click the link above to read. I hope you enjoy!
In a few weeks (on February 10) the Chinese New Year celebrations begin and we enter the year of the Snake. Just like the Fire Horse, the Snake has certain characteristics. In The Fire Horse Girl, Sterling Promise was born in the Year of the Snake. Snakes are clever and calculating, which makes … Read more
There is a giveaway of The Fire Horse Girl and a listing of all the great books coming out this week on Adventures in YA and Children’s Publishing. It is a great site in general, so after you sign up for the giveaway, look around. Also, I will be guest-posting an Inspired Openings blog post next Monday. … Read more
If you live in the Dallas area and are interested in a great writing program, click here to listen to Suzanne Frank, Dan Hale, and me talk about The Writer’s Path at SMU. And yes, Krys Boys is as fabulous as you would think if, like me, you have listened to Think for years.
If you have been following along on our journey to dig up the central conflicts and theme in your work-in-progress, now is the moment that we bring it all together. I have to use a enumerated list…that is how exciting it is! 1. Gather up your three charts and a blank sheet of paper. If … Read more
Here is more of the early brainstorming for Jade Moon. Hopefully you have you character chart explained in yesterday’s post. To continue discovering the repeating images and themes in your story, complete two more charts. On a fresh sheet of paper, brainstorm everything you know about your book’s plot. This might include what happens, what … Read more
For the next few days, I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane to the early days of Jade Moon (before she was even Jade Moon). It is fun to see her in the early stages of the book. She is still as fiery as she is in the finished book. … Read more
This is the moment we got our new little girl. It is intensely emotional. You reach out for a child who you have spent months dreaming of and praying for. Even though you want to laugh and cry and dance and hold her close, you try to squeeze as much of the excitement and nervousness … Read more