Last week one of my kids asked me how they could get the courage to talk to someone they have a crush on. Now I only have one high school Crush Story where I exhibited bravery. It was at a high school graduation party and I approached the boy I’d been crushing on for two years and asked him to dance. He said no. On the surface, it’s not such a great story. Except for the part where I actually… Read more »

It’s Reader Paparazzi time.   It’s research, not stalking. Reader Paparazzi is my Q & A series spotlighting YA readers (if you missed any previous interviews, click here or on the tab in the header above).  I spend a lot of time inside the mind of fictional teens–writing and reading, so it’s great to get a little real YA world perspective to help with character inspiration, or to learn what holds a teen’s interest, or simply find a new book to read…. Read more »

Today I’m over at Julie Glover’s blog Threading the Labyrinth.  Julie writes  mysteries and YA fiction.  She blogs about the wonders of language (Amazing Words Wednesday) and fun pop culture stuff on Deep-Fried Fridays.  Julie is just awesome! Today we are talking about movies that define a generation, starting with the 80’s.  Come on over!! 🙂     Happy Friday!!  **If you enjoyed this post, you can subscribe to my mailing list to receive my new posts straight to your inbox…. Read more »