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Books, Reading, & Libraries

Let Them Read Books: Don’t Squash a Kid’s Love of Reading

Don't Squash a Kid's Love of Reading

I was in the library the other day, browsing through the adult fiction section. This little kid, about six years old, comes running up to her mother, a stack of books in her arms. I smiled because this kid looked like me when I was that age. I was always struggling under a pile of …

Books, Reading, & Libraries

Avoiding a Book Hangover

Avoiding a Book Hangover

You’ve probably heard people talk about their “book hangovers.” A book hangover arises when the book you just finished reading was so amazing that nothing else can even come close. There’s a fear of starting a new book and not giving it a reasonable chance to shine on its own. Some people wander around in a …

Books, Reading, & Libraries

Egads! She Doesn’t Have a Favorite Author

Favorite Author

One question that readers love to ask authors is, “Who is your favorite author?” Or the similar but different, “Which author has influenced you the most?” These two questions always make me clam up because I don’t have an answer. At least not one that’s likely to be as true tomorrow as it is today. …

Books, Reading, & Libraries

How Can You Not Have a Library Card?

Library Card

In honor of National Library Week, I thought it would be fun and useful to rerun this post from last summer… Enjoy.  I was speaking to a neighbor the other day who’s lived here for over a year, now. She mentioned her love of books, so I said, “Oh, then I’m sure you’ve been making …

Writing Tips & Career Advice

Why I Write YA Fiction

YA Fiction

After someone asked me the other day, “Why do you write YA and not, say, mysteries, romance, or literary fiction,” I realized I’ve never addressed this question on my blog. I’ve written about how I became a writer in a general sense, but not why I chose YA fiction. And it’s a great question. Why …