2015….The Year I’ll Become a Writer Again And Not Chase Hollywood

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I’m not sorry to see 2014 go. It’s been like riding a roller coaster ride conceived by Quentin Tarantino with enough violent twists to make anyone’s neck snap.A few of the turns include:I got a job as a book editor and moved to Notre Dame, Indiana. I love my job. I get to produce great books and help fellow authors hone their words. Is there a better job for a writer? I don’t think so. The whole thing about writers not being good editors is a crock of poo. Yes, writers shouldn’t edit thei … [Read more...]

2014 Was Hard for All of Us….but There is Always a Silver Lining…

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This year has been a heavy one for a lot of people in my immediate circle and for the world in general. As stories of unrest, bigotry, terrorism and other bad news stream at us through the media, it’s difficult to see the peace on earth or good will toward men. Sometimes, finding hope in adversity seems impossible. But, the silver linings are there if we have eyes to see. Even in the smaller events in our lives we can find blessings if we aren’t determined to be drama queens. It’s all about attit … [Read more...]

SLC Comic Con Exclusive: Teen Author Boot Camp To Announce their Main Speaker for 2015!

As regular readers of The Rogue know, staff writer, Jo Schaffer, along with the other ladies at Writer's Cubed, started an amazing writer's conference called Teen Author Boot Camp. They've started to attract some of the largest names in the YA business, including last year's speakers James Dashner and Ally Condie. If you're at Salt Lake City Comic Con this weekend, they will announce the main speaker for next year's Teen Author Boot Camp. So, make sure you stop by the Writer's Cubed/Teen Author … [Read more...]

My First Comic Con: How We Will Cover it

So, I'm about three days away from my first Comic Con ever. Yes, that's right, I've never been to a comic con. I know this is really hard for most people to comprehend, especially the people who follow this site on a regular basis.Here's the thing, I'm only partially a geek. I like playing video games, but I'm not a gamer. I love comic books, but I'm not going to be participating in cosplay. I love Sci-FI/Fantasy, but I won't be getting into long, involved discussions about the bathroom … [Read more...]

Teen Author Boot Camp 2014: 3 Gates, Awesome Kids, and Jet Lagged Author

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As I write this post, I’m a bit blurry eyed, tired, and my body isn’t entirely sure what time zone it’s in. However, I wanted to write this post without too much thought because I wanted to give my unedited feelings on my time at Teen Author Boot Camp.Let me get this out of the way; I had the time of my life.To refresh everyone’s memory, I instructed a class at a Teen Author Boot Camp on Saturday. This great conference is run by Writers Cubed, an amazing collection of ladies (read their s … [Read more...]

Teen Author Boot Camp 2014: Interview with Renee Collins

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 (In a few hours, I'll be boarding a plane for Utah to speak at Teen Author Boot Camp. I'm beyond excited. One of the reasons is that I get to meet cool fellow authors like Renee Collins.)How did you get into writing?It sounds like such a cliche, but I've always been a writer. In high school, however, I wrote mostly angsty teenage love poetry to boys who absolutely didn't deserve my fervent passion. It wasn't until years later, after most of the angst had left my system, that I … [Read more...]

Teen Author Boot Camp 2014: Agent Amy Jameson

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(An agent can make or break an author. Get an amazing one (like me), and it's smooth sailing. Get a bad one, and suffer frustrating heartbreak. Amy Jameson, like all great agents, believes in cultivating writers and developing their talent.Check out what she says about being an agent and the future of the publishing industry. She will be giving a workshop at Teen Author Boot Camp 2014.) What inspired you to become an agent? I never knew literary agents existed until I moved to New York C … [Read more...]

Teen Author Boot Camp 2014: Interview with Sara Larson

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(We're less than a week away from Teen Author Boot Camp and I can't wait. It seems as if Utah has more YA writers than you can possibly imagine, and they're all pretty great. Sara Larson is no exception. She did me the honor of agreeing to an interview as she talks about writing and why teaching teen writers is so important to her)How did you get into writing? Writing has always been an integral part of who I am—I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t write. I even have notebooks f … [Read more...]

Teen Author Boot Camp 2014: Interview with Tyler Jolley

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  (Tyler Jolley is a combination you've never heard of before; a dentist and a writer. He runs the site Jolley Smiles about dental health. On the writing side, his book that he co-wrote with Sherry Ficklin The Lost Imperials just released this past November to great reviews.)Why did you get into writing?The ladies . . . well actually one lady, my wife. I had all these crazy stories in my mind while I was in dental school. Maybe the stressed caused it. There’s just something about teeth a … [Read more...]

Teen Author Boot Camp 2014: Interview With J. Scott Savage

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 (Teen Author Boot Camp is one of the largest writer's conferences for teens in the country. J.Scott Savage is the guy who brought all the lovely ladies from Writers Cubed together. In fact, they call him "dad". Turns out, he is an amazing writer in his own right and agreed to sit down with us before the conference. His book series, FarWorld is in bookstores everywhere)Why did you get into writing?I think it’s an extension of reading so much. Like many authors, I didn’t fit in wi … [Read more...]


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