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...]

Bound by Words: Love, Tragedy and Faith in a Writer’s Group

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The "lone wolf" writer is firmly fixed in the cultural psyche. Everyone believes the phrase, "writing is a solitary profession." There is some truth to the statement. When a person sits down to write, they're doing it by themselves with no one looking over their shoulder.  It's just them and the voice (sometimes voices) in their heads. People picture the writer, hammering away on the computer, lost in the thoughts of their own head and locking out the rest of the world.Like most cultural … [Read more...]

Announcing the Four Finalists for the 3 Gates Film Contest

 To new readers of Geek Goes Rogue, I am the author of the 3 Gates of the Dead series (available everywhere books are sold). The debut novel is doing very well, exploding into the top ten paranormal reads and the top 20 in horror on Amazon.My publisher, Premier Publishing, ran a contest for aspiring filmmakers based on 3 Gates of the Dead. Participants chose to either film a trailer or a scene from the novel and entered the competition for free.Four finalists have been chosen … [Read more...]

Major Teen Writer Conference Invites Me to Give Talk. Will Mad Cap Hilarity Ensue?

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So, in the flurry of the past week, I got a majorly cool, last minute invite to be a Drill Instructor at Teen Author Boot Camp held on March 8th, 2104 in the mountains of Utah.TABC is quickly becoming one of the largest Teen Writer conferences with writers like Brandon Mull, Shannon Hale, and Kiersten White giving the main talks. This year, the boot camp's main speakers are James Dashner (Maze Runner) and Ally Condie (Matched Trilogy) who will lead a pack of amazing writers......oh...and … [Read more...]


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