Revisions—Part 2

Thank you, everyone, for your support and for all your lovely words about the AMERICAN PANDA cover! It was such a wonderful week, and hearing how much the Chinese girl on the cover meant to people meant THE WORLD to me.   Thank you to everyone who reached out to tell me how the Revisions … Continue reading Revisions—Part 2


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


I'm honored to be a Speaker at WriteOnCon 2017, the interactive online writer's conference to take place Thursday February 2-Saturday, February 4. The only writer's conference you can attend in your pajamas (well, without any repercussion). The conference is for writers and illustrators of PB, MG, YA, and NA. There will be blog posts, vlogs, … Continue reading WriteOnCon

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


I'll be writing a series of blog posts the next few weeks about the tricks I've learned through revising, The Call (separated into Before, During, and After posts), and submission. It starts today with Revisions! I am so excited to hibernate with my revisions this fall/winter. American Panda has already been through quite the process, having … Continue reading Revisions