Monthly Archives: April 2011

Romance Slam Jam Conference

Today I’m in Baltimore Maryland at the dazzling Romance Slam Jam conference. This conference of African American romance writers included workshops on Creating Memorable Characters by Marilyn Tyner, and Sexy Banter from the awesome writer Gwyneth Bolton, and What’s the … Continue reading

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New Adult classification for books

This idea has knocked around for a few years now, a seperate classification for books aimed at the 18-20 something reader.   Many YA authors would like to move beyond high school and set their stories with protagonists in college, or … Continue reading

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Eighth grade school visits

In honor of National Library Week I did a bunch of school and library visits last week.  I’m finding these visits a blast, and loving the witty repartee with the students.  At least I was, until I walked into an 8th … Continue reading

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High Schoolers don’t get all the fun

On Friday I spent a day with members of the Service Over Self (S.O.S) students from John Hersey High School.  This group of students reaches out to  members of the community. I participated in the Senior Olympics with some of them … Continue reading

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If they want you, they will find you

Not long ago one of the writers email loops I belong to had a discussion on pseudonyms. I prepared to chime in and say anyone can find you if they really want to, when I received proof of that statement. … Continue reading

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A visit to the Chicago Public Schools

I visited with Langston Hughes Elementary school on Chicago’s south side yesterday. I spent the d ay there, speaking with 2nd, 4th, 5th and 8th grade classes. Talk about the need to be versatile! What works for one group leaves the other … Continue reading

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Sometimes kids just get it better than adults do

Several fellow authors have told me not to read my book’s reviews, but I can’t help myself. And frankly, most of them are favorable, so it’s usually a boost. But by reading them I have discovered an interesting trend in … Continue reading

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