• These Words Matter: Karen Gregory

    These Words Matter: Karen Gregory

    Books have been such a constant thread in my life. It’s hard to remember a time before I could read, let alone tease out the one book that made me into a reader. When I follow the thread back I think about what it means to be a reader beyond the functional, nuts and bolts ability. For me, it’s that capacity to inhabit another world, in partnership with the author or illustrator. To melt into a story and feel it living through you. This starts in a place long before independent reading for those children lucky enough to have access to books. I was one of the lucky ones. My…

  • These Words Matter: Alison McGhee

    Oh, Francie Nolan. Where are you now? Are you now? By my rough calculations, if you’re still alive, you’re close to 100 years old. I wish I could talk to you and find out how your life turned out. When I last saw you, you were wearing a dove-gray shirt and skirt, and you had good friends at work. You and your brother Neely used to talk about the old times while you ironed his union shirts. You loved your boyfriend but you wished you were in love with him. You wanted that wildness, that intensity. So did I. You were my kindred spirit growing up, even though you lived…

  • The Journey: Typing “The End”

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    I didn’t used to think deciding on “the end” was hard. You’d write the last line of that novel and know that’s where the story should end. This has always been the case for me–I have always known where the writing should stop. Knowing where the editing should stop is a whole other ordeal. I have been editing my current WIP for almost six months. I know that seems like a long time, but let me put that into perspective for you: I wrote the first draft in about six months. To not spend at least as much time in the editing phase, to me, is a waste. So much…

  • These Words Matter: Ava Dellaira

    I’ve been a reader for as long as I can remember. As a child, I spent summer mornings buried under my blankets with the latest from The Baby-Sitters Club. Kristy, Marianne, Stacey, Dawn, Mallory and Jesse felt like friends, but it was Claudia whom I most idolized, with her artistic nature and hidden stashes of junk food. I even tried to emulate her wildly cool fashion choices with selects from Goodwill. I was a kid who spent a lot of time alone, in private imaginary worlds. When I escaped into a book, I was part of something bigger. I fell in love with children’s classics—the Wizard of Oz series, Tuck…

  • The Journey: Sharing a WIP

    A little over a week ago, on Twitter, I shared the aesthetic board for my current work-in-progress (herein called LW). It’s a YA urban fantasy set in Toronto, Ontario. My CP and overall goddess Rebecca Mix encouraged me to do it after hers (deservedly so) got such positive response. I am so out of my shell, y’all. I’ve never done anything like this before, and to be honest, this is one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. LW is filled with a special kind of magic, and I hope you love it as much as I do. Here’s the aesthetic board for the project that has been my focus…

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