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Calm in a Crisis.

Thoughts on the Unexpected

in Writing & Beyond


YA Mental Health Panel at YA NovCon 2017

On January 27 and 28, I had the privilege of taking part in the San Mateo County Libraries 2nd annual YA NovCon along with a star-studded line-up of YA authors including Gretchen McNeil, Neal Shusterman, Andrew Smith, Jessica Brody, Mariko Tamaki, Alexis Bass, Martha Brockenbrough, I.W. Gregorio, Stephanie Kuehn, Sara Elizabeth Santana, Stacey Lee, Gordon Jack, Lindsay Holland, and B.T. Gottfred. On Friday, we all visited area high schools and juvenile detention facilities. And on Saturday, we held panels and author Q&A sessions with about 200 people. I sat on a censorship in YA panel, and most notably had the honor to speak on a mental health panel along with Neil Shusterman, National Book Award-winning-author of CHALLENGER DEEP based on his son's struggle with schizophrenia, and Stephanie Kuehn, Psychologist and author of several fictional psychological studies such as CHARM AND STRANGE, DELICATE MONSTERS, and THE SMALLER EVIL. We were joined by Rocio Cornejo representing NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and Rebecca Bucher, mental health coordinator for several San Mateo schools, who moderated. Here is the whole thing as taped by Millbrae Community Television:


Guest Post at BookPage

Happy holidays and wishing you peace, health and prosperity for 2017.

At San Francisco Suicide Prevention, the crisis line where I volunteer, we know that the holidays are actually a tough time for many people who are alone, who suffer from mental health issues, or who are simply going through a difficult period in their lives. Here's a guest post I did for Bookpage during National Suicide Prevention Week in 2015 for the release of RTDITCOL. 


#RTDITCOL wins the 2016 Housatonic Book Award for YA and MG!

Totally unexpected! I am delighted and honored that Romancing the Dark in the City of Light was chosen for the 2016 Housatonic Book Award for Young Adult and Middle-Grade Fiction! Heartfelt thanks to the WCSU MFA in Creative and Professional Writing Program, the MFA Alumni Writer’s Cooperative, and all involved. Congratulations also to the other winners and finalists! I'm looking forward to crashing the residency in Danbury in August 2017 to lead a workshop. 


Guest Post at Writer's Digest

Here are some things I've figured out about writing, at Chuck Sambuchino's Guide to Literary Agents blog for his ongoing series of "7 Things I've Learned."


Guest Post at Jennifer Chambliss Bertman's Creative Spaces!

The author of the amazing middle-grade adventure (soon to be a series) BOOK SCAVENGER invited me to post on her blog about writers' creative places. Check out a writing process that is tortured and full of snack breaks, and a "desk" that's a mess.