To Parkland, With Love

The silence must be unbearable—for 17 families of children and teachers gunned down in a Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Those killed take with them the laughter, the love, the chatter over the … Continue reading

Bird Watching and Writing

I am a birdwatcher. Not the kind who can’t go out without my binoculars, but the kind who feeds hummingbirds and notices when a sharp-shinned hawk is building her nest in the woods behind my house. I also watch the … Continue reading

I Am Not an Enemy of the People

When I was a child growing up in a small town in Missouri, I watched wrestling every Saturday night on television with my father. Inevitably, I would cry foul at a cheap shot or when a tag team ganged up … Continue reading

Book Club #1: Why We Love Precocious Child Characters

The Book Club Series is an informal chat about what we love about books, movies, and television shows. Join the discussion. I’d love to hear from you. Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, amateur detective and ardent chemist, is the precocious star … Continue reading

Book of Mercy Finalist in Midwest Book Awards

Book of Mercy was a finalist in the 22nd Annual Midwest Book Awards, which were announced on May 9 in Bloomington, MN. Is this a big deal? I interviewed Antigone Brown, the main character in Book of Mercy, about her view of … Continue reading

“Mom, They’re Banning Books!”

I had been stumbling around in the plot of a book I was writing for some time. I knew the protagonist couldn’t read and that books were disappearing. I was going for some kind of Alice Hoffman magical realism thing. … Continue reading

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