Posts By: Lia

Living the dream

By Posted in - DIARY OF A DRAFT on April 24th, 2015 0 Comments IMG_7568

Today I had an important, perhaps even pivotal, writing day. I’m feeling a little giddy, a little punch-drunk, but I’m still going, as I have to return to my part-time job for the next two days and …

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On becoming a Mentor

By Posted in - NEWS on March 31st, 2015 2 Comments Proof-NVSCBWI-Mentor-873x1024

There’s a little announcement to be made, now that it’s official—I’m to be a Mentor on the renowned NV SCBWI Mentor Program!

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Au Revoir, YA Muses!

By Posted in - NEWS on August 3rd, 2014 0 Comments MUSES square

Yesterday, the YA Muses, of which I’ve been a contributing member for the past year, decided to take a hiatus from blogging, although you’ll still be able to follow each of us via our individual websites and …

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The Plot-Expanding Power of Consequences

By Posted in - WRITING on September 20th, 2011 17 Comments DSC_0390_Iván_Melenchón_Serrano_MorgueFile

Have you ever started a novel or story but lost impetus after the opening act, unsure what should happen next, but sensing that the arc you pre-planned doesn’t work for some mysterious reason? Then maybe you need to take another look at what your protagonist does after the incident that gets the story started.

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Getting Serious

By Posted in - WRITING on July 22nd, 2011 29 Comments 59738_441916875894852_500998625_n

I’ve been a bad girl. I’ve allowed myself to get distracted by a thousand different things, become a virtual social butterfly, and forgotten what’s really important to me—writing my book.

Something needs to be done.

My problem …

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The Future of Publishing?

By Posted in - OPINION on March 8th, 2011 31 Comments merchants-of-culture-2-edn

A number of people have asked me what I think the publishing world will look like when the dust has settled on the current revolution, and last weekend I was invited to participate …

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So What DO Teen Boys Read?

By Posted in - OPINION on June 6th, 2010 32 Comments

Boys need and deserve books addressed specifically to them, to overcoming the fears or ‘monsters’ that bedevil them. For what are great stories if not a vicarious exploration of one’s deepest darkest fears, vanquished by an unlikely but ultimately worthy hero?

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What Is It With YA Book Covers?

By Posted in - OPINION on June 1st, 2010 35 Comments

I went into Borders with my 21-year old son yesterday. He stood beside me, shoulders hunched, hands in pockets, as I perused the YA shelves to see who’s getting the prime shelf space and why—a …

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The Journey Begins…

By Posted in - DIARY OF A DRAFT on February 28th, 2009 2 Comments

You have to be mad to want to write a children’s book. Absolutely certifiable. It’s so much harder than it looks! But now that I’ve talked about it, and signed …

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