I once rode an elephant in Thailand.
Together with my husband, I opened and owned a used bookstore in Vancouver for 3 years.
My maiden name is Wallace…as in William Wallace aka Braveheart. Growing up (way before Mel Gibson made the movie), my father had our family crest displayed on the wall in our front hall, bearing the clan motto Pro Libertate...as in “they can take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!”
I have taken two sabbaticals in the UK – one before having kids, and one when our first son was 4 years old.… Read the rest
Lately I’ve been asked: why the switch to YA?
Which is a great question! While my first published books were in the adult category (my Agency of Burglary & Theft
series), my YA debut is coming out in Feb 2018. Truth is, there are many reasons for the switch to YA. I’ll probably talk more about the process of writing YA in future posts but for this post I want to dive into the concept that, for me, reading YA happened well before writing YA ever did.… Read the rest
So this happened:
That’s right, I have a new book deal!
This book will be my YA debut, and the hardcover will be hitting shelves in Fall 2017.
Here’s how this story happened:
While I was on contract with Kensington and busily writing my three AB&T books, a germ of an idea occurred to me. First, you have to understand that I’m a big lover of all things Great Britain.… Read the rest
So it’s been three weeks since my third book was released and I’m finally getting around to writing this post. It’s been a busy few weeks, clearly.
Here are some of the things I’ve been working on:
We’re running a giveaway on Goodreads
right now–5 paperback copies of A BRILLIANT DECEPTION are available to be won!
for a little visual insight into the book, check out my Pinterest page
of images that inspired me while I was writing.… Read the rest
Last year, I curated a list of my favorite books set in Paris
. This year, I’m turning my attention to Italy. For one thing, my latest book
(which comes out on June 23rd) is set in Venice. But also, because my family and I have just returned from a trip to Italy! It was so wonderful; I am already trying to figure out when we can go again.… Read the rest
It’s one of the most commonly cited pieces of advice for writers: show, don’t tell. But…what the heck does it mean? And how do you go about accomplishing it?
Today, I’m going to dig into “show, don’t tell” and see if I can offer some clarity.
Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.… Read the rest
Voice: so important for writers, yet so damn difficult to define. Agents and editors frequently say things like “I’m looking for a distinctive voice”, but they tend not to elaborate on what they mean, exactly. If you’re a novice writer, how do you begin to work on such an elusive quality if you don’t even know what it is?
Some industry insiders have tried to define voice.… Read the rest
As an author, waiting for your cover can be a nail-biting experience. Covers are so important, yet most of the time we have little (to no) say in its design. My editor at Kensington is great–he always gives me the opportunity for input, and I usually make up a Pinterest
page of ideas and comparables.
Even still…you never know how it’s going to turn out.… Read the rest
Just in time for NaNoWriMo
I thought I’d do a post about how to write a first draft. Because let’s face it, first drafts are hard.
It’s no secret, it’s not my favorite part of the process. I love the outlining/dreaming/planning stages, and I love the revising/shaping/polishing stages. The first draft stage? Not so much.
But it’s okay. It has to get done.… Read the rest
When you’re creating a character from scratch it’s a good idea to know her name, her hair color, and how she takes her coffee…but those elements are just the start.
If you want to create truly compelling characters—the kind that leap off the page, the kind that really get into your readers’ bones—you’ll need to go beyond the superficial stuff and dig deep into your character’s internal landscape.… Read the rest