Lessons from Lemony Snicket: Narrative Voice

As I mentioned in my writing update a few weeks ago, I recently reread Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events as a part of trying to crack the secret of writing a strong, distinct narrative voice for Whitman Court. My aim with Whitman Court was to write the stories with a clever, omniscient Narrator …

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April 2022 Writing Update: Secret Project, SCBWI Conference, and More!

I’ve got a lot of ground to cover with this overdue writing update, so let’s dive right in! There’s a lot going on with my writing projects, plus I attended a regional conference with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) last weekend! Writing Updates: The Queen of Whitman Court: Back in March, …

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Storytelling Tips from Video Games

I love video games, though I’m not a particularly skilled player. My brother and I grew up in the Nintendo DS and Wii era and shared many moments playing together—duking it out in Super Smash Bros. Brawl or Mario Kart.I still feel nostalgic about particular games I played growing up, and during college started to …

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February 2022 Writing Update

Set-backs in writing are…frustrating. And discouraging. I know set-backs are common for writers. Stories not working out, characters falling flat, readers not understanding something in the book, etc. There are always scenes to revise and stories to sort out. And it takes humility to see it, to say, “It’s not ready yet,” and be willing …

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How Our Company of Fools Changed My Writing

Fueled by an explosion of inspiration and angst, I wrote Our Company of Fools at the beginning of January 2016. I’d never written a book of that length that quickly. I’d never written a more personally emotional book. I never wrestled so much with a story through the ebbs and flows of editing and revision. …

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Fools Friday: Our Company of Fools Soundtrack

What if Our Company of Fools had a soundtrack? I love music and the storytelling power of music. I usually write to instrumental music, mostly video game scores or movie soundtracks, but when I’m in the car, I’m all about jamming out. Much of the time, I listen to certain songs on repeat help me …

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Happy 1st Book Birthday, Our Company of Fools!

Hello and Happy New Year! Today is a big day because…it’s the one-year anniversary since Our Company of Fools was released! Huzzah! For those of you who may not know what Our Company of Fools is, it’s a young adult fantasy thriller novel about a group of young writers who literally face their demons. It’s …

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