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How does Maria Andreu feel about her life in America

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I’m starting to get more emails now from people I don’t know who have heard about my book but don’t know me personally. One yesterday sort of blew my mind. Subject line, “how does maria andreu feel about her life in america,” assuming, I suppose, that I have minions who screen my emails.As someone who […]

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Nose pressed up against the glass no more

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There is a wonderful scene in the 1939 film version of Wuthering Heights (I was a weird kid – I absolutely adored this movie) in which Heathcliff and Catherine sneak on to the grounds of the Linton house at night. The Lintons, the rich neighbors, are having a grand party. Heathcliff and Catherine watch through […]

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Guide to ALA Midwinter

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Going to the American Library Association Midwinter conference? The fun is already getting underway! Check out this handy guide from School Library Journal. (And see information about my Saturday signing on page 6!). Click here. If you’ll be in Philly this weekend, be sure to stop by the Perseus booth #640 at 2:00 pm on […]

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Read the Kirkus Review of The Secret Side of Empty

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Waiting for reviews of your book to come in is like sending your baby off to kindergarten and then waiting all day to find out if she cried and was miserable or made friends and had fun.  Nerve-racking. That’s why it was a huge relief to get the first review of The Secret Side of […]

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Tweet tweet

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Are you following me on Twitter yet?  No?  Don’t worry, neither is anyone else.  I have an anemic 136 followers (way better than the  50-something I had a few weeks  ago) but I definitely get an A for effort this week. And things are about to get way exciting as I live tweet ALA Midwinter […]

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Updates on the book’s release

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T-minus four days and counting until my very first book signing at American Library Association’s Midwinter meeting.  Excited!  And wondering… what if no one shows up?  Argh.  Not knowing the future really irks me sometimes.  I’m focusing on plans to live tweet the event.  Not being much of a tweeter, we’ll see how this goes. […]

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Christina Hendricks, I love you

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I’ve been watching Mad Men (finally, I know) as part of an assignment for a TV writing workshop I’m taking.  I like its complicated and moody characters and the struggle of women on the show.  But it wasn’t until I was in a changing room the other day that I realized just how much what […]

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Thursday thoughts

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My dears: I am being totally remiss in my commitment to post on here once a day, but it is not for lack of desire, I promise!  Being 53 days away from publication of Secret Side means I am doing a lot.  It’s all wonderful, of course, hosting giveaways and writing posts for blogs that […]

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What I learned from my first Goodreads giveaway for my YA novel

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As I learn how to get the word out about The Secret Side of Empty I grow more and more grateful for Goodreads, the social networking site for readers. Imagine a website full of people who love the very thing you hope to popularize (and which you also love)… books. Amazing, right? The trick about […]

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Updates on The Secret Side of Empty’s release

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Things are moving really fast as we get closer to the publication date of The Secret Side of Empty.  Here’s a recap: 1.  The book was chosen as a Junior Library Guild selection, a big honor which, hopefully, points to good things to come.  Read the full piece about it:  click here. 2.  My book […]

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