Category Archives: My Crazy Life

Launch Day!

So, this is it! After almost four years of writing, traveling, editing, and waiting, GOLDEN BOY will actually be offered for sale in bookstores starting today. It’s officially a book. I can’t tell you how excited I am! In just … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing: NESCBWI ’13

This past weekend I attended the annual conference of the New England chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators (NESCBWI). Now, when I was first learning about writing, I had no idea that SCBWI existed. I was … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing: Once More Over the Hump, Dear Friends!

It is a sad truth I’m learning about writing: stuck-ness happens. At every stage, debut work or not, there are long periods of “writing” where little or no writing happens. I’m bad at these. Though, ideologically, I agree completely with … Continue reading

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Monday Media: International Calling

On this year’s inaugural Spanish Exchange we splurged a little in the budget— upon our arrival we went out and purchased disposable phones for every kid and each chaperone – a total of €30 apiece, wich included €10 of talk … Continue reading

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Thursday Travel: ¡España!

As you know, if you read my blog post on Tuesday, I am currently in Spain with the BHS Spanish Exchange. Interestingly, though I grew up in Latin America and split my summers between the US & Europe, I had … Continue reading

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Monday Media: The Penguin Catalogue

So… guess what just came out? THE PENGUIN SUMMER CATALOGUE!! AND… guess what’s on page seventeen?? GOLDEN BOY IS!! Just one more step to really being a real book. … Also rather humbling. There are some BIG books coming out … Continue reading

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Thursday Travel: Needham Public Library

It was like a dream. There I stood, in front of the book signing table, TWO Newbury Medal winning authors facing me: Clare Vanderpool (Moon over Manifest, 2010) and Jerry Spinelli (Maniac Magee, 1990). I had just attended an event … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing: Junior Library Guild

I have some very exciting news for this week’s Wednesday Writing: GOLDEN BOY has been chosen by the Junior Library Guild as one of it’s “Spring Selections” for 2013. For those of you who have never heard of the JLG … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing: Waiting

Short post tonight since I spent most of my blog-writing time drafting a comparable titles post for the class of 2k13 blog. It’s basically a “If you liked X, then you’ll like GOLDEN BOY comparison & it’ll be up tomorrow, … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing: Cover Reveal!

Hello Blogosphere, it’s been a while. However! Though things have been crazy lately, I haven’t forgotten my promise to tell you about my cover reveal! Look at it! Isn’t it amazing? Jesse Joshua Watson gave Habo so much emotional depth … Continue reading

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Monday Media: Online Reviews

A few things recently have gotten me thinking about the new face of reviewing… First, GOLDEN BOY finally appeared on Goodreads (go! say you want to read it! add it to a list!) and I had to create an author profile. … Continue reading

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Friday Feature: Julia Maranan

Today’s Friday Feature is the multi-talented Julia Maranan, member fantastique of my fabulous writer’s group who is NOT ONLY cooking up some amazing middle grade fiction, but is also a published non-fiction author. Read on!   Hi Julia, what are … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing: Copyedits!

So… the big news in the writing world is: MY COPYEDITS ARE IN! Woot! This means that there are only a few tweaks left before I’m holding shiny new ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies or “galleys”) in my hands!! (For those … Continue reading

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Thursday Travel: Into 2013!

Yay, time travel! Well… okay… not really. But close! Today we, the debut author CLASS OF 2013, launch our official blog with an awe-inspiring giveaway: a $50 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble AND a GIANT PILE OF BOOK LOOT– … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing: Boston GLOW Panel

So last night I stayed up way later than I should have in order to go to the MG & YA author panels being hosted by Boston GLOW (Girls Leadership; Organized Women) where the theme was strong female characters in … Continue reading

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