Newest book optioned for TV/film development!

Here’s some news I’ve been eager to share: my newest book, THE NAMING GIRL, was recently optioned for TV/film development by Good Neighbors Media. Jennifer Phang, the director, and Robert Chang, the producer attached to the project have been amazing to work with. This is a book inspired by my daughters, and by the complex […]

What Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Books Say About Us

For years, I’ve been wondering why dystopian and post-apocalyptic books are so popular, especially with teens. Personally, I love reading these books. I also enjoy writing them. Now, I’m generally a very optimistic person who believes we can create a good future. So what is it about corpse-ridden zombie-sucking industrial wastelands that appeals so much […]

Making Things Worse by Making Them Better

Writers talk a lot about provoking characters to transform by making things worse and worse for them until they’re exhausted, and are left with no choice but to change. That’s what stories are usually about in a nutshell: transformation in the face of adversity. It’s the old “hurt the hero” game. As Star Trek and […]