This book is the most personal I've ever written, because it's based not only on me, but my daughter. And improv! It doesn't focus on the bits but on the emotional impact of the scenes and being on a supportive team. In the cover copy I wrote that Ava has a "Technicolor inside but a … Continue reading IMPROV BOOK COVER REVEAL!
While I was at BlogHer doing the Path to Publishing workshop-- in the MIDDLE of Path to Publishing, actually-- it came to my attention that neither I nor my co-leader knew how to write a query for memoir. I thought it was nonfiction and therefore out of my area, so I hadn't even looked it … Continue reading Writing Wednesday: How to Write a Query for a Memoir
Author of How to Be An American Housewife Margaret Dilloway’s middle grade debut, MOMOTARO, about a half-Japanese kid whose father disappears in an unexpected storm
Dear Ally, a Story My daughter is a fairly prolific writer for an 8 year old. Here's the first chapter of a book she wrote last fall, called Dear Ally. ( Ally is supposed to be read as "allie.") It's about a girl named Emily who moves to Arizona and writes to her friend from … Continue reading Dear Ally, a Story. Chapter 1
It's November 1st. Time for my recurring nightmare that I've missed Christmas, woken up the day of, and had no gifts for anyone. It also reminds me of Piers Anthony. He was my favorite author for many years, beginning in 6th grade. For my birthday, my brother Jason gave me the book, A Spell for … Continue reading Happy November, or No-Remember
I have big book news to announce. From the Publisher's Lunch announcement: "SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, the story of two adult siblings who must come together to piece together their fractured family history with the help of an ancient book of samurai lore, as their fragile mother fades further into dementia, to Christine Pepe … Continue reading Big Book News, a Class, and a New Event!
A long time ago, somebody told me that if you write regularly, you can call yourself a writer when people ask what you do. However, I always felt vaguely dishonest about that. A writer, I thought, meant you were Published, for money. Once I sold my debut novel, it seemed like I should be able … Continue reading Who Do You Think You Are, Calling Yourself a Novelist?
In the spring, Tobias Wolff (This Boy’s Life) came to Grossmont College, a local community college, to speak and lead workshops for the students as part of their annual Literary Festival. I went to his open lecture and bought a copy of Old School (on which the Will Ferrell was based. Not.) Wolff was as … Continue reading Every Hidden Thing: Writing
I would call our trip to Chicago for ALA a success. Some things happened. Everybody talks about how Chicagoans are rude; or at least, that is what people specifically told me (perhaps they tell other people different things?) but everyone was super friendly and helpful. Was it because we arrived the day before the big … Continue reading Chicago: ALA, Authors, Food, and an Accident
Today there was an article on NPR that said not only do kids choose easy books to read for pleasure, the reading that high schools assign is getting increasingly easier. This is the opposite of my kid's experience. This year, at the public high school, my 9th grade daughter read THE KITE RUNNER, UNCLE TOM'S … Continue reading What Kids Are Reading