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...]

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...]


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