88 Cups of Tea Podcast

I am thrilled to have been a part of the 88 Cups of Tea 88th Milestone Episode! For those of you who aren't familiar with 88 Cups of Tea, it's a wonderful, inspiring podcast that interviews amazing writers like Leigh Bardugo, Renee Ahdieh, Kody Keplinger, Jeff Zentner, Sabaa Tahir (just to name a few), as well … Continue reading 88 Cups of Tea Podcast


Chicago Reads: CARAVAL

Yesterday on ChiYA, I blogged about Stephanie Garber's February 11th Caraval event at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville, IL. I wanted to add another anecdote to this reblog: at the event, Stephanie revealed that Caraval started with just a character named Legend and a setting. From there, she found the voice of the protagonist, Scarlett, then decided the story would … Continue reading Chicago Reads: CARAVAL

Chicago Reads: Anderson’s YA Literature Conference

If any of you need any writing motivation, here’s my blog post from ChiYA about the Anderson’s Bookshop YA conference. It’s chock-full of wisdom, jokes, and inspiration from some of the best YA writers out there! Happy writing, everyone!


I was lucky enough to attend Anderson’s Bookshop’s YA Literature Conference last month in Naperville, Illinois. And I am so happy that I got to go with my ChiYA sisters, Ronni and Samira!


The lineup of authors was fantastic (keynotes in bold): Frank Beddor, Anne Greenwood Brown, Kym Brunner, Julie Buxbaum, Sharon Cameron, Traci Chee, C. Desir, Paula Garner, Kathleen Glasgow, Goeff Herbach, Ellen Hopkins, Miranda Kenneally, Brendan Kiely, Sarah Darer Littman, Chris Lynch, Adriana Mather, Anna Michels, Susan Moger, Jennifer Niven, Kenneth Oppel, Joy Preble, Adam Selzer, Adam Silvera, Sherri L. Smith, Jordan Sonnenblick, Ann Stampler, Laura Stampler, Aaron Starmer, Paula Stokes, Krystal Sutherland, Kara Thomas, Maggie Thrash, and Jeff Zentner.

On Saturday, the conference consisted of panels and keynotes. The panels were:

  • Get Real
  • Guys Write YA!
  • Love Contemporary Style
  • Mystery! Thriller! Suspense!
  • Navigating the Issues—Yesterday & Today
  • Sci-fi, Fantasy, & Witches…

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Hanging Out with David Arnold & Adam Silvera + Mosquitoland Review

I was extremely fortunate to have met and hung out with (!!!) David Arnold and Adam Silvera last night. David was in town on tour for his latest release, Kids of Appetite, which sounds AMAZING. I can't wait to dive into my copy (signed, with the best inscription ever): I wrote this review for Mosquitoland … Continue reading Hanging Out with David Arnold & Adam Silvera + Mosquitoland Review

My Novel Has Found Not Just A Publishing House But A Home

I'm beyond delighted, beyond thrilled, beyond ecstatic to share that my YA contemporary novel about a Taiwanese-American teen has sold to Jennifer Ung at Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster! I am so impressed with Jen and the Simon Pulse team already, and I can't wait to work with them. I cried when I read Jen's letter that … Continue reading My Novel Has Found Not Just A Publishing House But A Home