What I’m Reading
I just finished Katie McGarry’s DARE YOU TO, BEGINNERS’ LOVE by Norma Klein, and THE NEXT FOREVER by Lisa Burstein. My reads are romance-heavy as usual.
What I’m Writing
I’m working on PLEASE STAND BY. I think this is the second-and-a-half revision. I stayed away from it for a few months because it was so freaking annoying. And by annoying, I mean I was trying too hard to control every little bit of it rather than trusting my usual process and letting the story reveal itself. I get nowhere fast when I try to stage-mother my writing.
What Inspires Me Right Now
This interview with Alice Walker, the author of one of my all-time favorite novels, THE COLOR PURPLE. When she talks about how literature doesn’t reflect the experiences of the people that populate her life, I get chills: “If you deny people a voice, their own voice, there’s no way you’ll ever know who they were, and so they are erased.” PREACH, Alice!
What Else I’ve Been Up To
- I’ve found a YA book club in my city. Yay! Now I just have to work up the nerve to go.
- Plotting on vacations. I may not be able to swing Hawaii but there’s plenty of cool places within driving distance and for the first time in forever, I don’t have the kind of job that makes taking summer trips impossible.
- Mindless entertainment. I’ve been watching way too many episodes of “Wipeout.” Where has this show been all my life?