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Philly Diversity Conference: Telling the Story of All of Us

If you’re near Philadelphia this weekend, come to “Telling the Story of All of Us: Books for a Modern World”, a conference celebrating diversity in middle grade and young adult literature!

On Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15, panels will feature many authors, including Sonia Manzano (Becoming Maria),  I.W. Gregorio (None of the Above), Shaun Hutchinson (The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley), Corinne Duyvis (Otherbound), and more!

I’ll be moderating a discussion of “The Author’s Journey and the Author’s Responsibility” on Sunday from 3:45-4:45 p.m. at Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, PA, followed by a signing and reception. My books will be available for purchase, as will all the other authors — courtesy of Children’s Book World, the excellent hosts of the events. Buy books to support them and our diverse authors!

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My Dragon Con 2015 Schedule

logoI’m thrilled to be returning to Dragon Con in Atlanta again this year! I’ll be attending the con from Friday, Sept. 4 through Sunday, Sept. 6, and I look forward to seeing fellow fans and writers. If you’re looking for me on programming, my schedule is below. (Of course, it’s subject to change!) I hope that The Missing Volume will have copies of The Silence of Six, Fair Coin, and Quantum Coin for sale; I’ll update if I will have a formal signing, but you can also just catch me whenever you see me.

If anyone wants to meet up and you don’t already have my cell phone number to text me, the best way to reach me is probably through e-mail or Twitter, since I refuse to install the Facebook Messenger app on my phone. Phones aren’t all that reliable at the convention anyway, so it’s also a good idea to try to make plans ahead of time. ;)

Friday, September 4

Panel: Animated To Live Action
Time: 7:00 pm Location: A708 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)


Saturday, September 5

Book Signing*
9:00 am to 11:00am Location: SFWA Table – Hyatt (Exhibit Floor)

Panel: Finding the Teen/Middle Grade Reader Within
Time: 1:00 pm Location: Embassy D-F – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

Panel: Systems of Magic in YA Worlds
Time: 2:30 pm Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

Panel: YA Writing and Publishing
Time: 4:00 pm Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)


Sunday, September 6

Book Signing*
9:00 am to 11:00am Location: SFWA Table – Hyatt (Exhibit Floor)

Panel: Diversity in YA Books
Time: 2:30 pm Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)


*My books will be available for purchase at The Missing Volume (Floor 1 – Exhibitor). :)


Previously Recorded at the Writers House

The YA Writers episode of LIVE at the Writers House is now online! I don’t like listening to recordings of myself, but if you want to hear me read from my story “Kiss and Kiss and Kiss and Tell” in Kaleidoscope: Diverse Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories, check out episode 111 here.

You can listen to the whole program (1 hour) — hosted by Michaela Majoun and featuring YA authors Katherine Locke, Eric Smith, Lauren Saft, Tiffany Schmidt, I.W. Gregorio, and me, as well as the musical stylings of Birdie Busch — or just my bit (7 minutes). This is one of the best events I’ve participated in, and I’m grateful to Eric and LIVE producer Alli Katz for making that possible.

From left to right: Me, I.W. Gregorio, Tiffany Schmidt, Katherine Locke, Eric Smith, Lauren Saft (swiped from


Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt

scavengerhunt450Welcome to the Spring 2015  YA Scavenger Hunt! This event is organized by author Colleen Houck as a way for readers to get exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors… and a chance to win some fantastic prizes! In this hunt, you not only have access to exclusive content from each author, you also get clues at each stop for the scavenger hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize — one lucky winner will receive a book from every author in my team! But play fast: This contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!
Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are eight contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all of them! I’m part of the GOLD TEAM — but there are seven other chances to win a whole different set of signed books from a different team!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, including links to all the participating authors and a full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.




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Kaleidoscope Sale!

KaleidoscopeCover-679x1024In celebration of Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories being nominated for Australia’s prestigious Ditmar Award for Best Collected Work, the eBook of the anthology will be on sale for $1.99 from Thursday, April 2 through Monday, April 6! Whatever flavor you like your eBooks in — Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks, etc. — it’s only $1.99!

This is a very fine collection of stories, and I’m so proud to be a part of it. I read the beginning of my story “Kiss and Kiss and Kiss and Tell” at the recording of LIVE AT THE WRITER’S HOUSE, which will air on Monday, April 6 at 8pm EST on WXPN. If you were there (thank you for coming!) find out what happens next by grabbing the $1.99 eBook. If you missed it, you can still listen on Monday and then get the book before the sale ends. You can also read some free stories from the collection online.

At only $1.99, with twenty fantastic stories from amazing authors*, there is zero probability that you will regret picking up Kaleidoscope!

Me reading from KALEIDOSCOPE at Live at the Writers House. Photo by Eric Smith.

Me reading from KALEIDOSCOPE at Live at the Writers House. Photo by Eric Smith.

* Yeah, in this instance I’m including me in that glowing praise, because I think this is one of my best stories and I felt pretty amazing when I wrote it.