Research Rocks

Research Rocks

You can’t write what you don’t know. Sure, books and the internet are great ways to find out about your subject, but the best way to research your story is to live it. For the Lakeview Novels I tried to do just that. While researching Hush (the story of an unknown princess who is discovered by an undercover student journalist and hunted down by terrorists on the campus of her elite boarding school) I went to several rugby games – a...

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Describe Each Day of the Week as if it was a Person.

 This has been the funnest writing exercise I’ve done to date. I dare you to give it a go. You’ll be laughing at the difference a day makes. Here’s my week… Monday          I am the little old lady at the pool who drags her ill fitting flip flops across the wet tile before slipping into the cold chlorinated water for my morning swim. I know I’ll feel better after I force myself to do something that I’d rather not...

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ARRGH! has a theme song

ARRGH! has a theme song

It’s true! I can’t believe it. The amazing musician Anna Schaad has agreed to write ARRGH! its own theme song. How cool is that?!? I was just told the news  last week. We’ve all been so excited with the early press for ARRGH! that my amazing publisher Kari Hock at Green Darner Press, decided to have this amazing violinist create a piece just for my book. Anna Schaad has recorded  4 albums to date and has played in New York,...

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My Mind is Swirling, Whirling, Gurgling!

My Mind is Swirling, Whirling, Gurgling!

I have no excuse for being a bad blogger, except that with the release of Whisper and the home invasion by our three kids on spring break, I have fallen hopelessly behind. Now Blakely, the real one for whom Hush was written, is graduating from high school. The realization of having a child preparing to enter college, and everything that goes with it, is mind-boggling. I think how can I be that old? Then I laugh, as I look in the mirror and see...

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A guest blog from the real Blakely-

A guest blog from the real Blakely-

To the majority of people, boarding school is a foreign concept that can only be understood by watching the ever so insightful Nickelodeon show, Zoe 101. Whenever I tell anyone I go to a boarding school they can’t help but ask, “what on earth did you do that was bad enough to get sent away from home?”. However, much to their disappointment of being deprived of a riveting story of whatever shenanigan I got caught doing, this...

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