Author Interview: Steph Bowe

Some stats on Steph: Writes: YA Fiction Represented by: Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown. Debut novel will be published by: Text Publishing Release Date: September 2010. Writes the popular blog: Hey! Teenager of the Year Resides in: Victoria, Australia Jody: You are fifteen. Is this true or false? Steph: True! Jody: I still can’t believeContinue reading “Author Interview: Steph Bowe”


It’s possible I have a tiny little hint of a whiff of a speck of whisper of an obsession with a book called Stargirl. It’s just that Jerry Spinelli does everything right in this book. He makes a character so beautiful (and beautifully flawed, though it’s hard to see it when you’re reading the story–atContinue reading “Sparkgirl?”

Author Interview: SPC Michael Anthony

Knowing my interest in military books (especially ones that are about young people), my friend Val, a book reviewer, let me know about this book. Thank you, Val! I quickly bought it, and contacted the author. Even though I’ve talked to a lot of soldiers, I still get a little intimidated. SPC Anthony is, ofContinue reading “Author Interview: SPC Michael Anthony”

Badass Authors, Badass Soldiers, and Me

Not it. Not a badass. I wish I were, really. I’m afraid of bats. And mice. And hell, I’ll just confess it: I’m afraid of slugs and worms, too. I don’t know; obviously I can outrun them, but they really frighten me. In fact, at our house there is somehow some unwritten rule that JoshContinue reading “Badass Authors, Badass Soldiers, and Me”

Stories From Those Who Serve

Writing a young adult book about a girl in the Navy has made me realize how many (real) stories of those who serve aren’t being shared. It made me want to feature some of them on my blog. Well, sometimes¬† when you ask someone to share stories with you, it turns out to be prettyContinue reading “Stories From Those Who Serve”

Author Interview: Sara Lewis Holmes

I’m so excited that today I get a chance to interview Sara Lewis Holmes, author of OPERATION YES. When I first heard about this book, I think I actually gasped in excitement. I was thinking, Yay, other people are writing young adult books about the military! And then I saw that it was from ScholasticContinue reading “Author Interview: Sara Lewis Holmes”

Heading North

I’m heading north to my parents lakehouse this weekend for some thinking/writing time. I’m sad to be missing this year’s SCBWI conference. I always have an incredibly inspiring time; and it was a year ago that I met my agent at our SCBWI Michigan fall conference. For all of you attending, have a great time!Continue reading “Heading North”

YA Book Covers: Fun Fakery

I saw this new meme over on YA author Anna Jarzab‘s site, which she found over on 100 Scope Notes (both great sites). You make a YA book cover for yourself with a fake book and fake title. You see, it’s fake. Just want to be clear on that. Here are the instructions if youContinue reading “YA Book Covers: Fun Fakery”

The Inaugural Post

I actually don’t know where to start. I’ve drafted this post like four times. What a dork. Is it weird that I feel like the first one has to be grand and memorable?¬† It’s not like the start of a novel; hardly anyone will read this beginning. (Please, dear God of the publishing world justContinue reading “The Inaugural Post”