16 Characters from You, Me, and Our Heartstrings by Melissa See as Bath and Body Works Scents

My dear friend Melissa See has written the incredibly beautiful book, You, Me and Our Heartstrings, coming out August 2nd from Scholastic. I’m honored to be a stop on her blog tour! This is a 5-star book if I’ve ever read one, and I’m so excited for readers to get their hands on it soon!Continue reading “16 Characters from You, Me, and Our Heartstrings by Melissa See as Bath and Body Works Scents”

“Foreshadow” Stories As Zodiac Signs

“Foreshadow” is an ethereal YA anthology edited by Nova Ren Suma and Emily X.R. Pan and published by Algonquin BFYR. It’s out October 20th, and you can purchase a copy here. With thirteen original stories from new voices, introductions and analysis from bestselling authors, and writing prompts that make it totally interactive, this is aContinue reading ““Foreshadow” Stories As Zodiac Signs”

#YAinMay – My Eyes Are Up Here by Laura Zimmermann

Welcome to #YAinMay, where every Monday this month, I review a Spring 2020 release. I’m sure that the current landscape isn’t what these authors could’ve predicted that their books would be published in, but as with everything else, all we can do is make it the best we can.  In that spirit, the first bookContinue reading “#YAinMay – My Eyes Are Up Here by Laura Zimmermann”

Who Wants A Blind Date With A Book?

Last fall, my cousin and I went to the Festival of Books and Authors in Downtown Winston Salem, and I fell in love with Bookmarks. Part independent bookstore, part magical wonderland, the place is amazing. Right now, in the time of COVID-19 and the shutdown of every non-essential business in the state, independent bookstores areContinue reading “Who Wants A Blind Date With A Book?”

How I Got My Agent

When I first thought about writing this post, the first answer to the customary How I Got My Agent question was just…the same way everyone else did. But once I thought about it, I realized that’s really not the answer at all.  I have a treasure trove of thoughts, feelings, and generalized rambling to putContinue reading “How I Got My Agent”

12 Days of Collabmas: An Interview with My Cowriter

Here we are, the finale of the series. Elizabeth and I wanted to interview each other, because beyond it sounding fun, it was an opportunity to dig a little deeper and ask each other the kinds of questions we normally wouldn’t in casual conversation. We’ve both really enjoyed doing this series, and we hope you’veContinue reading “12 Days of Collabmas: An Interview with My Cowriter”

12 Days of Collabmas: What It’s Like to Work With Me

Hi! I’m Elizabeth, the cowriter that Ris has been referencing in all these posts over the past few days. I’m here because we thought that if we were going to talk about cowriting, then we needed to give each other’s readers an inside look at what it’s really like to work together. Marissa makes theContinue reading “12 Days of Collabmas: What It’s Like to Work With Me”

12 Days of Collabmas: How to Find The Right Cowriter

I’ll be honest with you, when Eliza and I were planning out this series, this was the post I was most concerned about. Finding the right cowriter is the trickiest part. If I’d decided to message someone else on a whim years ago, I would probably be writing a very different series. I’d probably beContinue reading “12 Days of Collabmas: How to Find The Right Cowriter”

12 Days of Collabmas – Why Bother?

Why write with a cowriter? Well, to be honest, I wanted to write with a cowriter because I was tired of myself. Writing is solitary by nature, and as introverted as I was, I was tired of my entire writing world consisting of just my own mind. That’s the main reason I reached out toContinue reading “12 Days of Collabmas – Why Bother?”