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Fun with Literary Allusions

     I'm on Writer Unboxed today, talking about the Mona Lisa and Lemony Snicket. If you're looking for a fun way to enhance a scene, inform a character, or evoke emotion in your work in progress, consider these tips.
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To Mack, or Not to Mack

When you write YA fiction and it's been . . . let's say a few years since you were in high school yourself, it's always great to have some real, live teen resources close at hand. That is why I had children. I had to wait awhile for them to be useful, but they finally…
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I Have a New Book Coming!

Last spring, I had the idea for a new novel about a couple of girls who became YouTube sensations, then one goes mysteriously missing.  I mentioned it to my critique partner, author Heather Anastasiu, and I think her exact words were, "I want in!" We'd sort of talked about maybe someday trying to co-write a…
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Books for Charity

A friend of mine, Justin Baldoni, whom you may know as Rafael in the popular new show on the CW, Jane the Virgin, has started a campaign called#Good30.  Click here to see a video on what it's all about, but the premise is simple: Spend 30 seconds doing something nice for someone else, to help…
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