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]

Angels cover


Travel Backwards… A life-affirming novel about a teen dealing with death, loss, and love while traveling backwards in time. 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.… [read]


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]


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]


Free Comic! (Broken Saviors Issue #1)

Issue #2 was funded! Thank you Backers!

Aliens came to save us. They thought it would be easy. They were wrong. “A playfully original beginning to what promises to be an epic alien invasion story… I like it. It’s a solid piece of work.” —Fanboy Comics Only have a minute? Watch the trailer: Read Issue #1 for FREE: Broken Saviors Issue #1 Thanks to over […]

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


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)


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). […]

Create a Comic Book in 10 (simple?) Steps


Comics and other graphic texts are one of the fastest growing areas of publishing, and they seem to be getting stronger each year. If you haven’t considered getting graphic, you might want to.  This post is for creators, especially writers, who are interested in graphic story-telling. Even if your art skills are limited to crooked, one-armed stick figures, […]

10 Must Read Comics for People Who Don’t Read Comics


University English Professor are sometimes seen as gatekeepers for what is literary and worth reading, so people are often surprised when I mention my affinity for reading and teaching comics. In fact, many of my colleagues still dismiss comics as being childish and “too commercial.” Conversely, I think there are many things going on in contemporary comics that […]

Coming Soon—Broken Saviors Issue #2

Coming soon. Check it out!

Because of over a 100 generous Kickstarter Backers, Issue #2 of the Broken Saviors series is being produced, and it’s almost ready for launch. Producing a comic is a long, labor intensive process that involves creating multiple versions of a script, and working with an artist on layouts, inks, letters, and colors, all while making revisions and trying to improve […]