Tag Archives: young adult

Write an Opening Chapter that Hooks Readers

This year, I have left behind the characters who populated the series that I’ve been writing for several years. I’m embarking on a voyage to a new world, with a crew who is brand new to me. It’s fun and … Continue reading

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Why Every YA Author Should Post a Book on Wattpad

I know I’m a little late to the party, but recently I had a wonderful experience posting the first novel in my YA fantasy series, The Society of Imaginary Friends, on Wattpad. It’s been so rewarding that I recommend that any … Continue reading

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The Pros and Cons of Cursing in Young Adult Literature

After six books that were curse free, I’ll never forget my surprise near the end of the final Harry Potter book, when Mrs. Weasley calls the woman who killed her son a bitch. I remember wondering – can she do … Continue reading

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How to Kill the Villian in Your YA Fantasy Series (with Style)

The time has come, now that I’m wrapping up my YA/Middle Grade fantasy series,┬áThe Conjurors, to say goodbye to my favorite character – the villain. I hope it’s not a spoiler to say that he’s going to get the axe. … Continue reading

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