Category Archives: Inspiration

Weird fish/shrimp/lobster analogies that may or may not make sense and why I’m okay if somebody hates my book

I hate shrimp. And lobster. And fish. And crab. And well, basically anything that comes from the sea.  And I have absolutely no reason for hating it. -I’m not allergic to seafood (not really, once I got black spots on … Continue reading

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My Jo March Moment

So, a few weeks ago I received in the mail a thick, beautiful package.  It was hefty and I have to tell you, I’d been waiting years and years for that package. Some background: In seventh grade, I heard that … Continue reading

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Long Live Ms. X-that Miserable Ol’ Bat!

The year I won a district wide creative writing contest in the fourth grade was awesome.  I truly thought I was the shit because it was open to 4-6 graders and there was an official phone call home and an … Continue reading

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The Barometer

I grew up in a blue collar neighborhood.  My dad left super early in the morning, drove a truck all day, and made his way back from the city to the suburbs of Long Island well into late evening.  He … Continue reading

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Winner of GLASS

And the winner of a signed copy of Ellen Hopkins’ GLASS is… J. Anderson Coats Congrats! A big thank you to all who entered and shared their close encounters of the awesome kind.  Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I … Continue reading

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Ellen Hopkins, a Giveaway, and Other Close Encounters of the Awesome Kind

So, I am coming up for air now that I’ve turned in my first round of edits.  Yay!  And I know, I know, I’ve neglected my little blog in the process.  But…I will make it up to you guys.  Read … Continue reading

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What’s in a Title?

I’ve been thinking a lot about titles lately because it looks like I’m going to have to say goodbye to the original title of my YA novel, GOODBYE, CHARLIE.  I’m totally cool with this and from what I’ve seen, changing … Continue reading

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