Road Trip Wednesday – African American Authors and Characters

For this week’s Road Trip Wednesday,  YA Highway asks Who is your favorite African American author or fictional character? I’m pretty excited by this question, because I’m been thinking a lot about writers and characters of color, and what they mean to me, a white writer. I’m very conflicted about writing characters of color myself, which … More Road Trip Wednesday – African American Authors and Characters

Road Trip Wednesday – Words That Don’t Belong in Queries

For this week’s Road Trip Wednesday,  YA Highway asks what words do you absolutely hate? A couple of years ago I started a thread on Agentquery.com called ‘Words that Should never Be In Queries’. A great deal of hilarity ensued about such phrases as ‘fiction novel’ and ‘the next Twilight’ (although I said this to my … More Road Trip Wednesday – Words That Don’t Belong in Queries

Road Trip Wednesday – Gabrielle by Any Other Name

For this week’s Road Trip Wednesday,  YA Highway asks about names. Not character names, writers’ names. Pseudonyms, in other words. First I should point out that my sister browsed my blog the other day and complained that on the Why Angelhorn page I didn’t give some background as to my own name, Gabrielle. You can … More Road Trip Wednesday – Gabrielle by Any Other Name

Thoughts on 2011

2011 has been one of those years in which a whole lot of things happened that I never would have predicted on January 1st. We sold our house. We bought a fixer upper. I got an agent and a book deal. I sold two articles to magazines. I wrote A LOT,  probably over 200,000 words all … More Thoughts on 2011