Nushi bustled in and out of the kitchen carrying plate after plate of food. I helped until I tipped a pile of tangerines into a bowl of rice. As the Chinese New Year celebrations continue, I thought it would be fun to look at some of the traditional foods of the holiday. Food is an … Continue reading
THE FIRE HORSE GIRL begins on the day before the new year. It is a time of preparation and looking forward – a perfect starting place for a journey. I loved researching the preparations that Nushi and Jade Moon would be busy with on this day for the first chapter. Since tomorrow is the first … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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. … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading