What’s on the Blog
One of my favorite places to be is in a book. I read a wide variety. Books are food for the mind and soul, and I cannot seem to restrict myself to one genre.
My novel writing, on the other hand, is focused on young adult contemporary novels and novels for the general market.
Every week I blog about books I’m reading. I usually post an author interview, news from my bookish friends, or writing related updates about once a month.
About My Novel Writing
I tend to write about people who are facing tough times. I’ve written about grief, eating disorders, abandonment, and other difficult issues. There isn’t always a romantic element, but when there is the romances are sweet. Endings aren’t sugar coated, but I always strive to leave my readers with a sense of hope. No graphic language, sex, or violence, just plenty of heart tugging emotion and laughing. My fiction has a slight to rich southern flavor, depending on the book. I have two books featuring a character on the autism spectrum. I am currently seeking representation while I continue to work on my craft.
I spend most of my writing time working on my novels, but I blog here and on my homeschool blog, Undaunted Homeschool.
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“If music is the universal language, then awkward is the universal feeling.”
Funny You Don’t Look Autistic: A Comedian’s Guide to Life on the Spectrum by Michael McCreary
This book is featured as a #biglibraryread from March 23rd to April 13th
I love this #ownvoices memoir.
This was a super easy read. Recommended for anyone who wants to know more about life on the spectrum.
This month’s Almost an Author YA post is about research and authenticity in fiction. Click here to read the article.
Girls in the Moon by Janet McNally
“But this is who I am: the daughter of two people who could make a band work for a while, but couldn’t make the family work for more than a few years.”
The story alternates between Phoebe, in current day New York visiting her sister Luna, and Meg, Phoebe’s mother and former rock star.
First person present done right. I was halfway into the book before I noticed.
Beautiful, introspective moments do not slow the narrative. Skillfully written. I heard it showed the author was a poet, but to me it simply feels like good writing. The prose is easy to dive into and the story unfolds naturally. Not too literary. It hit the right balance for me.
Girls in The Moon was never boring. When I read this novel, I was sick and kept falling asleep while listening. Normally, when that happens, I try to find where I left off because I hate relistening. I can skip ahead and figure the story out. I am an extremely picky and impatient reader, giving a book a scant four pages at most to draw me in before I move on. With Girls in The Moon I was satisfied to back up, more concerned with missing something than I usually am and happy to go over the chapters again.
I will read anything this author writes and am interested to see what she comes up with next.
Complicated Family Dynamics
Coming of Age
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This book wasn’t what I was expecting from the title. There is a prince, and there’s a love story, but there’s also danger, family loyalty, and friendships.
I loved this story. It had a wonderful fairytale vibe, but felt very grounded. The main character is a spunky, smart, resourceful girl. I love all the positive messages in this book. It was very entertaining. Magical.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would not hesitate to recommend it for all ages.
A great read. Newbery book.
Hint of “Magic”
Coming of Age
“You’re a teenager. It’s all complicated.”
Where You’ll Find Me
by Jenny B. Jones
Finley is spending part of her school year as an exchange student to Ireland. There she meets teen movie idol Beckett. Formally, Finley had a few escapades, but she cleaned up her act. She does not want to be paired with a heart throb or revisit the party scene.
She has a goal. Her older brother, who passed away, once visited Ireland and she is retracing his steps. Finley has a music competition coming up and feels that she needs to reconnect with her brother’s past in order to finish writing her song.
When I started reading, I did not realize there was an element of an eating disorder. The unfolding of the story line was flawless. Sensitively done. Explores topics of faith, grief, and a slide into eating disorders, as well as forgiveness.
I loved all the layers in this book.
Faith is woven throughout as are the doubts and the complicated feelings of a teenager. There are no pat answers in this book. It doesn’t shy away from difficult to write about topics.
Carol Award Winner