“Author Photo” Phobia….ehnn

So, I need an author photo.  Dilemma 1: What to Wear.  Dilemma 2: How will I get through an hour of someone taking pictures of JUST ME?  Dilemma 1: Fixed.   I went through my closet and settled on a couple good combos.  I’ve got the “Professional but Sassy Writer Lady” Outfit.  The “Look at Me, … Continue reading


Just had a phone call with my editor Pam.  I am happy to report that, after much deliberation, Title Purgatory * has come to an end!  Little Brown/Poppy and I have come to an agreement on a title… Are you ready? Drumroll please……….. dtdtdtdtdtdtdtdtdtdtdt (my estimation of what a drum sounds like in print form) … Continue reading

YA Highway Roadtrip Wednesday!

Okay, so the YA Highway prompt is “What themes, settings, motifs, scenes, or other elements do you find recurring in your work?”  For me?  Lake Erie and parking lots. (Parking lots. Glamorous, I know…) Growing up in a suburb of Cleveland, Lake Erie was a fixture of my childhood.  My family spent many summers taking … Continue reading


Turned final draft in last night!  Time to celebrate…or um, go teach freshman writing.  Same diff, right?  *sighs loudly… I’ll announce the title of the book later this week!  :)  Colleen

Special “Back To School” Request

To all kids and teens returning to school in the next few days: If you see someone who is struggling to make friends or being bullied because he or she doesn’t have many friends or because he or she is shy or not dressed in the most “in” clothes or whatever -PLEASE STEP UP. Say … Continue reading

What I’m reading this month

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler Willow by Julia Hoban Stolen by Lucy Christopher What’s on your reading list for August?    Hmmmm?

More from Ms. Gurdon

“Darkness Too Visible” columnist defends her previous stance in a new article “My ‘Reprehensible’ Take on Teen Literature.” Le sigh.

Great NPR Discussion on YA Literature

The Young Adult Literature world is buzzing about an article in the WSJ titled “Darkness Too Visible.”  The article’s author wonders whether current young adult literature is too “dark.” NPR invited the author of the article on to discuss her views with a librarian and author who feel differently.   Click here to listen to … Continue reading