Want to take a summer road trip to catch a killer? That’s what two estranged friends do in my debut YA thriller The Killer in Me, which Disney Hyperion will release on July 12. They’ve done a killer job making my book everything it can be. Now I want to give readers a reason to … More Pre-Order Now to Have a Killer Summer
Every month until my book’s release next July, I’m blogging about a different scary book that helped define one of my summers. This one holds a special place in my heart, because it was essentially a textbook in Stuff That Creeps Me Out. See, every kid has to learn her culture’s spooky tales, pseudo-historical BS, … More Scary Books of Summer #2: Strangely Enough!
First, an update: My YA thriller The Killer in Me will be out on July 12, 2016, from Disney-Hyperion — and it’s on Goodreads! The release date seems appropriate, because I’ve always loved reading scary books in the summer. Isn’t that what those long days (and short, sweaty, often sleepless nights) were made for? So, … More Scary Books of Summer #1: Summer of Fear
That’s a joke, because this hasn’t been the most relaxing summer for me. Actually, between work and other work, it sometimes feels more like this. So anyway, did you know that Netflix Instant has 195 episodes of “Supernatural”? Which doesn’t even include the to-be-added season 10? And that a season freaking 11 will air in … More How I Spent My Summer Vacation
When it comes to revising my fiction, a secret side of me sometimes comes out — the scalpel-happy cosmetic surgeon. Most of my revisions have been mere touch-ups, but several have been, to put it bluntly, extreme makeovers. Where one writer might trunk a book, I will go all Dr. Frankenstein on that poor manuscript. … More Revision: The Joy of the Extreme Makeover
One April day in 2013, I got a creepy idea that would not let me go. I sat down and started writing in the voice of a girl who visits the mind of a serial killer every night in her dreams. Only she knows what he’s done; only she can catch him. And that might … More The Big Announcement: How Creeping Myself Out Led to a Deal for My Debut Novel
My lovely sister, Eva Sollberger, makes a video series called “Stuck in Vermont.” It’s a weekly look at something cool our state has to offer, and it appears on the Seven Days website and the local CBS affiliate. Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, Eva and her buff filmmaker friend, Michael (yes, film geeks can be … More You Know You Missed the Summer When…
My two lives — as a YA writer and a movie critic — collide when I watch movies based on popular YA novels. And that happens more and more often these days. I like having the extra insight that comes from having read the book — especially when the adaptation is a good one, like … More YA Books on Screen: How I Live Now
If you know me, you know I work late on Mondays, sometimes really late. And if you know me, you know I love “Breaking Bad.” Those two unchangeable facts of my life collided this past Monday when I missed my chance to watch my favoritest show of the past decade win a whole slew of … More Yay, Breaking Bad! Yay, science!
Tuesday is the day I write a movie review for the newspaper where I work, along with blurbs for this weekend’s new releases. Come the weekend, I’ll have to see one of these movies, so it’s always a mildly exciting time for me (yes, really. I still have hope for new movies). To be honest, … More New Movie Tuesday: Double Your Fun