Thoughts on YA Historical Fiction

In my conservative, small-town school, I grew up getting a very White-washed version of history.  It was the same curriculum taught from different angles each year, and I quickly came to dread History class altogether.  I do, however, have a very vivid memory of the historical fiction texts I read (The Cay and The TrueContinue reading “Thoughts on YA Historical Fiction”

Turning to Fellow Writers: an Interview with Will Walton

Writers young and old know the many different types of writer’s block intimately.  They’ve had long dinners with indifference blocks, stayed up late on the phone mediating arguments between frustrated and overwhelmed blocks.  Maybe (probably) they attended the wedding of lazy and bored block.  Let me go on record saying it was a beautiful wedding—everyoneContinue reading “Turning to Fellow Writers: an Interview with Will Walton”

Thoughts on YA Historical Fiction

In my small-town school system, I grew up getting a very White-washed version of history.  It was the same curriculum taught from different angles each year, and I quickly came to dread History class altogether.  I do, however, have a very vivid memory of the Historical Fiction texts I read (The Cay and The TrueContinue reading “Thoughts on YA Historical Fiction”

A Character Study in Astrology

A study tactic I often used back in undergrad was looking up various authors I was studying in class and finding their birthday, so I could discover their astrological sign. I know a lot of people (Boomers, ahem) think this is ridiculous and counterproductive, but it really helped me round out the images I wasContinue reading “A Character Study in Astrology”