Category Archives: Writing


Last weekend I attended the 40th anniversary of the Rocky Mountain SCBWI Conference. What a fantastic time! Great speakers, food, and conversation. Nearly 300 people attended the two day chapter event. It struck me how little diversity there was in … Continue reading

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Picture the Perfect First Page

I’m spending several weekends this month at local writing events. One is our region’s SCBWI conference while two others are informal gatherings with other writers. Each one gives me the opportunity to present one of my first pages to a … Continue reading

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The range of MG books this or any year is immense. You’ll find literary masterpieces right next to silly bare thin plots. Both are needed. Book publishers do a good job of making sure their title list contains books for … Continue reading

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Summer is a great time to attend one of the many writing conferences. You get great tips, rub shoulders with agents and other writers, and leave feeling empowered. The only problem is the cost often approaches $500 and that doesn’t … Continue reading

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Backstory May Kill Your Story

When I first began writing MG stories, I loved filling in the juicy details as to what had already happened to my main character.  I assumed potential readers needed to know the reasons behind the behavior of my MC in … Continue reading

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An Irish Aside

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I couldn’t resist putting on my green socks, sipping green tea, and revisiting my favorite upper MG book set in Ireland – CELTIC RUN by Sean Vogel (2012). Here’s the book jacket blurb: While in Ireland … Continue reading

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A Sidebar on Plagiarism and Cheating

I’m currently reading SOAR, a unique new story by Joan Bauer. The backdrop is a baseball steroid cheating scandal at a small town high school. The uniqueness comes from Jeremiah, the 12-year-old narrator. He’s also a heart transplant survivor. I’ll … Continue reading

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