MORE 'WRITING' POSTS
How might life be different for a gay teenager living on a farm, in a rural community? What challenges might he face that a gay teenager in an urban community would not?
Be Real, Macy Weaver is a story about a girl discovering and embracing her own identity. In some ways, Macy and this novel helped me “be real” about who I am as a writer and trust my own voice more. I wouldn’t trade this two-year journey for anything. Thank you, Macy-girl!
Graphic novels transport us to subjects we may never have delved into if it weren’t for the captivating drawings and the often deeply personal storylines.
As I began to write The Star That Always Stays, I knew that I wanted this story to be an homage to classic girls’ literature, and I was thinking about the books that came before me that I wished to emulate.
Don’t Call Me a Hurricane was inspired by all of those beautiful and life changing summers. I wanted to write a novel in verse about strong friendships and young people rising up together.
In my latest contemporary young adult novel, The Edge of Summer, main character Coriander Cabot returns to Cape Cod for the summer, the place where the year before, her best friend drowned.
Being a parent teaches you many things, none more so than these two sageries: long, difficult tasks do not get any easier with age, and problems rarely go away by themselves.
When I was growing up, if I had a big feeling about something, books were the first place I turned…but there was nothing on the shelves that could have helped me learn about being queer, or trans, or autistic.
It took eleven re-envisionings over six years, but now, holding the finished book in my hands, I know that what feels impossible often isn’t.
When I was in middle school, the word “nerd” was thrown around a lot, a word that then meant someone who was too much, who loved something too deeply. This passion was a delicate flame within me when I was 14, a little older than Elissa, the protagonist of my novel, We Are the Song.