Book review: Sophie Murphy Does Not Exist, by T Blanchard

If you’re looking for your next clean middle grade read may I introduce you to this gem by T Blanchard and @chickenscratchbooks? Here’s the blurb:An important life is measured by one thing: Netopedia. When Sophie Murphy discovers that her father’s life wasn’t remarkable enough to warrant a listing, she makes a decision. Her life would be remarkable.Continue reading “Book review: Sophie Murphy Does Not Exist, by T Blanchard”

Buckle up, friends :)

Happy New Year! If I’m over-excited about 2022, it’s only because I’ve been looking forward to this year MY ENTIRE LIFE. Bear with me, y’all. I still get stunned and teary-eyed when I think that this is the year my little book launches head first into the world! I wanted to share a couple ofContinue reading “Buckle up, friends :)”

I did a thing.

To some, it may seem small. But to me, it’s the end result of decades of patience, learning, trying, failing, work, rework, nearly giving up, not giving up. So it’s enormous. I signed my first publishing contract last night, for my middle grade contemporary novel. It’s the second novel I’ve written but the first toContinue reading “I did a thing.”

How to be a rock star critique partner

Critique groups are lifelines for writers. Joining a new writing group can be kind of intimidating, especially when you’re new to an area or if you’re new to writing. But- when you find that right group? It’s game changing. For me, the right group is made up of consistent, candid, encouraging people. People who showContinue reading “How to be a rock star critique partner”

Three Content Issues to Consider for Middle Grade Readers

Know your audience. That’s one of the first things they teach you in journalism school. What they don’t teach you is that this rule applies to writing pretty much anything else. Especially children’s fiction. But there’s a catch. When you’re writing for middle grade readers – or children of any age – you’re actually writingContinue reading “Three Content Issues to Consider for Middle Grade Readers”