Tuesday, March 27, 2012
...Speaking of new pics (how 'bout them segues?), Joan Holub, one of the authors at my MG blog, Smack Dab in the Middle, recently put together a slideshow to celebrate the release of her new book, ZERO THE HERO. In the vid, she features pics of authors revealing their favorite numbers. My pic focuses on the cups of coffee it takes to get me through a page of drafting:
...Okay, maybe not quite that many cups. But it's close.
And now, my NEO and I are headed to the deck for a dose of outdoor writing. Ah, spring...
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
And Jake got in the first good dig of the warm season…Too bad the dirt that gets licked off a guy’s nose doesn’t taste as good as the remnants of dinner!
In the midst of all things new, I also found this recent (and fantastic!) review of PLAYING HURT, which is now officially a year old (it just feels so good to know that long after the initial book release hoopla, my book continues to find new readers)! Check out the review at TEEN INK.
Friday, March 16, 2012
One book I devoured during the past month is John Green's THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. As a writer, I consistently love the voices in Green's books and really admire the path his career has taken:
For those who have already read and enjoyed Green's latest, you really ought to grab a copy of Catherine Ryan Hyde's SECOND HAND HEART. I read the book several months ago, and it's still with me. Some of those passages about life and death (the tree / death analogy in particular) brought literal goose bumps to my arms. So good. Sincerely. And only three bucks at Amazon! Click to order.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
I'll also be giving two signed shelf talkers. I originally distributed these to booksellers and librarians when PLAYING HURT released, and have only a small number left (they feature the same graphic that's been running at my author website):
I've never given any shelf talkers to readers or bloggers before, but they'd make a great addition to your own bookshelves!
To enter, head on over to my Facebook author page and become a fan. Write "enter" on my wall, and you're in the running. Giveaway runs through this Sunday, March 11.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Right now, my current soundtrack is Amos Lee…I discovered Lee over a year ago, while watching CMT Artists of the Year—he performed one of my favorite songs of all time, “Colder Weather,” with Zac Brown Band. (If you missed it, click here asap, and prepare to get covered in goose bumps.) I’ve had MISSION BELL since it released last year and have always loved it, but I’ve found myself suddenly obsessed with this album the past few days—and it's slowly started to dawn on me that the reason might be that Lee’s record provides the just-right tone for my current WIP.
…How about you? Do you write to music? Do you find yourself listening to different genres of music depending on what you’re drafting? How has listening to music fueled your own work?