Greetings, friends. I know I haven't been blogging much lately, so I wanted to give you a quick update on what I've been up to in order to reassure you I haven't fallen off the face of the earth... I finished revisions and edits on After the Shot Drops! This took a couple rounds and … Continue reading WHERE’S RANDY?
Happy holidays, friends! According to Goodreads, I read 77 books this year. Of those, I tweeted a thread of my favorite 16 starting here. Retweet this tweet by the end of 2016 (Pacific Time) for a chance to win your choice from my favs. (Sorry, US only!)
This is part of a (planned) new series of posts called Why did I like this so much? in which I try to analyze my enjoyment with an eye toward learning from great artists to inform my own work. Last night I saw MOONLIGHT, directed by Barry Jenkins, and it was beautiful in a devastating yet … Continue reading Why did I like this so much?: MOONLIGHT
In case you didn't know, October is officially Filipino American History Month! As a Filipino American, I'm usually like, "Woo!" and that's about it. This year, I decided to tweet a mini-story a day on topics related to the Fil-Am history. I'm not doing this as an expert, but rather as a way to force … Continue reading FIL-AM HISTORY MONTH
In effort to encourage voter registration, a few YA authors started a campaign in which they made brief videos about their first time voting. I was tagged by Ami Allen-Vath to do the same, and now I tag Kelly Loy Gilbert and Paul Krueger. Check out my story below and visit RockTheVote.com for more info about registering to vote!
As a debut novelist, I lived with the constant fear that my first book would be so horrible or sell so poorly that I'd never publish anything ever again. Well, in your face, crippling self-doubt! I've sold my next YA novel to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt! Here's the announcement from Publisher's Weekly: And you can add … Continue reading AFTER THE SHOT DROPS
“Closing your eyes isn't going to change anything. Nothing's going to disappear just because you can't see what's going on. In fact, things will even be worse the next time you open your eyes. That's the kind of world we live in. Keep your eyes wide open. Only a coward closes his eyes. Closing your … Continue reading ON EMPATHY, PART I
I made a thing today. A comic, of sorts. And here's a less soul-crushing version.
Next weekend is B&N's inaugural national teen book festival. Stores around the country will be hosting events with MG & YA authors throughout the weekend. Here's where you can find me: Sat, June 11, 1-3pm - Barnes & Noble in Cherry Hill, NJ with Jared Caracciolo and Michael Geisinger Sun, June 12, 1-3pm - Barnes … Continue reading B&N TEEN BOOK FEST
When I first began teaching at my current school, I basically commandeered the summer reading assignment from my department chair at the time. Thankfully, he was a good sport about it. Being an avid YA reader, making this list of options has been one of my favorite things to do each year. Sadly, since I'm … Continue reading SUMMER READING 2016