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… 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* *LitPick 5 Star Book Review Award* It was Saturday, November… [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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Broken Saviors Issues 1, 2 & 3!

Coming soon. Check it out!

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   Thanks to 102 Glorious Kickstarter Backers, Issues #1 and #2 of Broken Saviors are now […]

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). […]

Hollywood’s War Against “Todd”: Top 10 Bad Todds

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What’s Hollywood got against Todd? Forget the war against Christmas and other left-wing media conspiracies like faking the moon landing and covering up an alien invasion. Hollywood’s biggest war is the war against Todd. Don’t believe me? Check out the overwhelming evidence. It’s tough to be a Todd. For decades now “Todd” has been the […]

New Book Contract! THE LAST PANTHER

Only about 100-150 Florida panthers are left in the wild today.

  You might have noticed that I haven’t posted much recently. That’s because I’ve been hard at work on final revisions of a new book, THE LAST PANTHER, that’s set to come out with Delacorte Press in Summer, 2017. THE LAST PANTHER (for ages 8 and up) follows the adventures of Kiri, an eleven-year-old girl who lives in a […]