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
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
Happy Year of the Rooster! In lieu of the lunar holiday and working on the final edits of American Panda, I wanted to take a moment to talk about how grateful I am for this book. It brought me closer to my mother and led to my hearing previously unshared stories about her, her upbringing, … Continue reading Happy Lunar New Year!
As the year is wrapping up, I thought it would be fun to do a round-up of my favorite moments and favorite reads. Favorite Moments: Signing with my literary agent and landing my book deal for American Panda! Meeting so many new virtual friends! Thank you to my followers—I'm so happy we connected! Meeting ChiYA and … Continue reading Favorites of 2016
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!
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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Writing is so much better when you have your community! I'm lucky to have met all these lovely writers, and we've banded together to start Chi YA, "where Chicago’s YA writers come together to discuss all things young at heart, adult in wisdom, and rich in literary style. We’re writers who take our craft seriously and … Continue reading Introducing ChiYA!
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
I fell in love with this when I saw it at the National Gallery in London 2 years ago. The quote from Vincent Van Gogh reads: I dream of painting ... and then I paint my dream. I started writing because of a dream I had, which turned into my first novel. Now, a second book, … Continue reading I dream of writing…
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
With the Pitch Wars picks being announced this week, I thought it might be helpful to talk about subjectivity, a word thrown around so often it risks losing meaning. Recently, I've begun reading multiple books at the same time (no, not literally :D). At one point in time, I'll often be a good chunk into 2 … Continue reading Subjectivity