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Color me tickled! The Barnes and Noble blog has always been good to THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY, but I was particularly jazzed by my latest mention there. My boyfriend’s daughter has turned me on to the TV show Riverdale, that fun and campy reimagining of Archie comics, which I loved as a kid. We […]

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Quoted in the Los Angeles Times

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Read an insightful and provocative piece in the LA Times which quotes many well-known young adult authors (and me!) about what it’s like to write YA in the age of Trump. It’s written by Laura Stampler, a novelist in her own right, as well as a writer for publications like Time and the L.A. Times. […]

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Follow me on Instagram

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I am catching on to this concept of chronicling life through pictures. I’m a word girl, so sometimes it’s not intuitive. But I’ve been getting better at it. Click here In other news, things in miniature make me absurdly happy, so the screenshot of my account from my phone (to the right), just makes me […]

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First draft done!

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Honey bunches, it’s been a mad scramble, and I’ve had a TON of help from my many writing friends, but I can now finally report that my first draft of my new novel is done! Honestly, when I finished yesterday, I thought I might cry. It was the most exhilarating feeling. Some of you may […]

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Yvonne and Alison and I are actually doing TWO Barnes and Nobles events on June 12th, not just one. Besides the one I told you about before, in Clifton, there’s another in the Woodland Park Barnes and Noble at noon. Also note that the Clifton event has been changed to 3:00 p.m. to give us […]

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Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers

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Pleased and honored to announce that TSSOE has been nominated for a Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers! And among some pretty impressive company too. I just finished reading the blockbuster AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, so it’s very cool to be nominated alongside Sabaa. I also sat on a panel with the wonderful IW […]

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The Secret Side of Empty on School Library Journal

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A few days ago I told you I’d gotten word about TSSoE being mentioned on SLJ. The link is finally online! Click here to read the full piece, which is entitled  “Long-Awaited Mirrors: Latino Lit for Teens.” Lots of interesting reading suggestions in the article. Here’s a short blurb from the write-up: This is a […]

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CLASP Américas Award Commended Titles of 2015

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CLASP Américas Award Commended Titles of 2015 I just found out that THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY was named as one of the CLASP Américas Award Commended Titles of 2015.  CLASP stands for Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs.  Their Américas Award was established in 1993 to recognize authors of books either set in Latin […]

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Novels set in the Garden State

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I remember the thrill I felt when I first saw my native New Jersey featured in a Judy Blume novel back when I was a kid. How could this be? No book I’d ever read was set in New Jersey. Growing up in New Jersey is a bit like growing up a plain girl with […]

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Wichita Library’s Big Read chooses TSSoE as one of their titles

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Today I was honored and delighted to learn that THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY has been chosen as one of Wichita Public Library’s Companion Titles for Young Readers for their Big Read, which is going on from October 1st through November 15th. Their theme is that of immigration and culture and they’ve got a full […]

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