A Flight of Angels

*A YALSA Top Ten Pick for Great Graphic Novels for Teens*  Now available in paperback, and it’s pretty flipping beautiful. Or stay classy with A FLIGHT OF ANGELS hardcover version. “Occasionally someone executes a standard storytelling device with such dazzling skill that it reminds you why that device became standard in the first place… [A Flight of Angels]… [read]

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Backwards

Travel Backwards… Available now from Candlewick Press! *Winner of the 2014 Colorado Authors League Book Award* *Finalist for the 2014 Colorado Book Award* *Finalist for the Crystal Kite Award* It was Saturday, November 15th, but I didn’t know that. I wouldn’t understand the strange countdown of days that formed my existence until later. All I… [read]

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The Traitor King

The Manannan family secret is about to be revealed… *Colorado Book Award Finalist* Now available on Kindle and Nook for under five bucks! Or check out the new paperback edition. “You MUST read this book.”  —TeensReadToo.com (starred) “Humor, menace, and mystery suffuse this fast-paced tale… New surprises and plot twists keep readers enthralled, because nothing -librarians, skeletal pursuers, or hard-drinking dads-… [read]

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The Secret to Lying

What happens when your life becomes a lie?  *2011 Colorado Book Award Winner* *Texas Library Association Teen Reading List Selection* *Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards Selection*  E-book, paperback, and audiobook (read by Nick Podehl, “Best voice of 2010″) now available! “Engrossing and entertaining…  a great read.”  —Publishers Weekly “An artful blurring between reality and fantasy, The Secret to Lying masterfully… [read]

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Free Comic! (Broken Saviors Issue #1)

Issue #1 available now for Free!

Dear friends, The invasion is coming… I’m super excited to announce the launch of a new graphic novel project. And the best part is Issue #1 is free and available right now. Click to reach a page where you can download the .pdf and start reading now. The artist, Patrick Mulholland, and I have been […]

The One Thing I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Creating Characters

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There’s a lot of conflicting advice out there about characters. Do you make them quirky and unusual (like Amelia Bedelia), or more ordinary  (like Charlie Brown)? Do you make them heroic (someone readers might aspire to be, like Atticus Finch), or deeply flawed (like FH in Jesus’s Son)? Do you make them raw and human […]

Writing Advice Part II (my top six other best pieces of advice)

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The single best piece of writing advice I ever got was to write the book you most want to read (more on that here). After that, here are six other bits of writing advice that have made the biggest difference for me (and that I need to keep reminding myself of to keep on going). […]

NCW Podcast Interview

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The dynamic writer/radio host Richard Keller asked me about tesseracts, squirrels, writing YA books, suicide prevention, staying sane as a writer, and the trouble with Shakespeare. This is what happened:  http://ncwpodcast.podomatic.com/entry/2015-02-26T11_06_37-08_00 Many thanks to Rich for asking such brilliant questions, and putting this together (with music by Cloud Cult!). If you’re a writer in Colorado, […]

How to Scare Kids the Right Way

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The Denver Post just did an article on campfire stories that they interviewed me for. Here’s the link if you want to know more: Why We Love Campfire Stories —and how to tell them Kate (the DP reporter) and I had a long discussion about ghost stories. Unfortunately, most of that couldn’t fit in the article, […]