Pitch Wars Here I Come!

I got into Pitch Wars!!!!


I am so jazzed to revise my story, LISA PIZZA’S PERNICIOUS CURSE, with a team of amazing mentors, Tara Creel and Jenna Lehne. They are beyond awesome, have oodles of wonderful idea to make my MS shine, and are more supportive than I can possibly express in one blog post.

LISA PIZZA’S PERNICIOUS CURSE is a middle-grade novel about a twelve-year-old girl who attends a seance, get cursed, and suffers some truly dastardly consequences. She and her best friend become Curseologists, fighting back against the curse before it tramples her family’s restaurant and their friendship in its wake.

Follow the adventures of #teamcurseologists on Twitter!


More MG Reading Adventures

It’s 2017. I wrote a new novel! I am editing another one! And I have been doing A LOT of middle grade reading, which means even more ugly-crying on NYC public transit. Without further ado and in no particular order, here are some recent favorites:

  1. The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner
  2. Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  3. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  4. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  5. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
  6. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  7. All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
  8. Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
  9. The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
  10. The Seven Wonders Series, Books 1-5 by Peter Lerangis
  11. It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
  12. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  13. Wishing Day by Lauren Myracle
  14. The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
  15. Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
  16. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
  17. Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
  18. The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer
  19. The Scandalous Sisters of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
  20. The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates by Caroline Carlson

Books that made me laugh out loud: almost all

Books that made me cry: at least a third

Books that made me cry while taking public transportation: 3

My Latest MG Reading Adventures

In my search for comp titles for my novel, I have been reading lots of books about awesome 12-year-olds on fantastical adventures. Here are 20 recent reads, an embarrassing number of which made me cry on the NYC subway:

  1. My Diary from the Edge of the World by Jodi Lynn Anderson
  2. The Keeper of the Lost Cities  by Shannon Messenger
  3. Classy Crooks Club by Alison Cherry
  4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  5. Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly
  6. A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
  7. Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz
  8. The Thickety by J. A. White
  9. Savvy by Ingrid Law
  10. The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
  11. The Expeditioners by  S.S. Taylor
  12. The School of Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
  13. Wildwood Chronicles by Colin Meloy
  14. The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand
  15. Pegasus: the Flame of Olympus by Kate O’Hearn
  16. The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham
  17. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
  18. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
  19. Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sister by Lesley M. M. Blume
  20. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente

Will All of My Blog Posts Be Lists?

Answer: Definite Maybe. Because I love lists!

Today’s Topic: Strangest Google searches I have undertaken as a writer of middle grade fiction. Here are ten recent gems:

  1. Videos of Swan Attacks (Dear Reader, should you want to waste an afternoon, this is a particularly fruitful youtube wormhole to explore).
  2. Common Haitian Pet Names
  3. Science Behind Feet Falling Asleep
  4. Do Guinea Pigs Recognize Their Owners?
  5. Underbed Dioramas/Art Installations
  6. Steampunk Bunkbed
  7. How to Pop A Dislocated Shoulder Back In
  8. Vanish in a Poof of Dust Sound Effect
  9. Properties of Superconductors
  10. Restaurant Quality Whipped Cream Dispenser