Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final: New Post-Potter Piece by JK Rowling Hints at More Potter to Come?

If you’re a member of JK Rowling’s famed Pottermore, a website devoted to everything Harry Potter (and more), you were greeted to a treat today: JK Rowling has posted a new “story” of sorts on Tuesday, July 8th; it’s an article from the Daily Prophet by the famed Rita Skeeter, written — of course — […]

Why It’s Bad Form to Tell a Writer to Stop Writing

Originally Published: February 24th, 2014; Updated: June 24th, 2014* When I saw the title of this piece, “If JK Rowling Cares About Writing, She Should Stop Doing It” that was originally published on HuffPost Culture this past weekend, I felt a familiar rage bubble to the surface before I even read the first sentence, which, […]

Sex in YA: Everybody Does “It,” Nobody Talks About It

Originally Published: December 9th, 2013; Updated: June 24th, 2014 In Young Adult Literature, How Should Sex Exist? Sex is a basic human need. When we’re young, we’re curious about it; as we mature, we want it and once we have it, we crave it. If we aren’t having it, we’re daydreaming about it, reflecting on past experiences, looking ahead […]

Zombies, Vampires, and Katniss Everdeen, Oh My!

Originally Published: October 28th, 2013; Updated June 24th, 2014 The end is nigh. The apocalypse is upon us. . The sparkly vampire, zombie, post-apocalyptic, dystopian craze is coming to an end. According to an article in Publisher’s Weekly by Sue Corbett, “New Trends in YA: The Agent’s Perspective,” agents are now looking beyond paranormal and sic-fi/fantasy; […]

The Great Escape! Escapism in Children’s Lit

Originally Published: October 4th, 2013; Updated: June 24th, 2014 Escapism in Children’s Literature Children’s literature can take many forms, from sweeping sci-fi and fantasy epics to riveting who-done-it mysteries. One of the most popular ideas presented in these various forms is that of escapism, which authors use as a way for their main characters to […]

The Book I Wish I Had Written: Openly Straight

Originally Published: June 14th, 2013; Updated: June 24th, 2014 What’s the difference between “tolerance,” “acceptance,” and “celebration”? I never thought much about it before. Or at least, I never sat down and had a conversation about the inherent difference in that collection of words; not in a concrete way, anyway. For the length of this […]

Ex-Gay Camp: ‘The Summer I Wasn’t Me’ Will Change the Face of Summer Reading

As a writer, it’s hard to tackle certain subjects with a level of objectivity that doesn’t scream “THIS IS REALLY MY OPINION ON THIS HIGHLY CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT BUT IT’S DELIGHTFULLY MASKED IN MY OBJECTIVE TONE, SEE?” That’s why I hesitate whenever I pick up a book with controversial subject matter, and when my good friend […]

A Month of NaNoWriMo: A Recap of Epic Porportions + What’s Next

I conquered NaNoWriMo and lived to blog about it. For those who are not in the know, NaNoWriMo is the playful acronym for National Novel Writing Month, where you pledge to write 50,000 words during the month of November. The prize? The self-satisfaction of having written damn near close to an entire novel in 30 days. […]

The New Kind of Problem Novel: ‘My Life After Now’ by Jessica Verdi

Have you ever come across a book that you just can’t put down? A book where the voice immediately grabs demands your attention because it’s so real, so authentic, so undeniable that it hooks you from the first page to the last, is the one quality that I look for most when I sit down […]