A lot has been happening. Here’s a post to catch you up on things you might have missed as well as some information on new things coming up! First off, the release date for DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING has been changed to February 28, 2017—just one week later than the original pub date. My … More Exciting Things Coming Up!
I’m so excited to announce that DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING has a cover. Here it is! I thought it would be fun to talk about how the cover came to be, and I received permission from the good folks over at Feiwel and Friends to share some earlier versions. I had no idea how … More The Makings of a Cover
It’s been far too long since I’ve done a post on real life female pirates. So far, you can find info about Ching Shih, our Chinese prostitute turned pirate here, and Grace O’Malley, the Irish pirate queen here. Today’s post features Jeanne de Clisson, a French aristocrat who turned pirate as a means of obtaining … More Real Female Pirates, Part 3
I’ve been busy this month. Unsurprisingly, most of it has been writing/reading related. I’ve been revising DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING’s sequel like crazy. It’s so close to being done! The goal was to get it sent off to my agent by the end of this month. Yes, I said was the goal. But then … More Life Update
Who else is going to YALLWEST? Some of my favorite authors will be there, and I’m so excited to meet them! Namely, Mary E. Pearson Leigh Bardugo Marie Rutkoski Richelle Mead Simone Elkeles To properly prepare, I’ve been reading as many books by authors who will be there as possible. They were already in my … More Getting Ready for YALLWEST
I used to think all I had to do was sell a book, and then I’d be set. If I could just get a publisher to offer me a publishing deal, everything else would work out on its own. I have a publishing deal now. My first book is scheduled to release February 21, 2017— … More Perseverance
I interviewed fellow YA pirate author, Nicole Castroman, regarding her debut novel, BLACKHEARTS. About BLACKHEARTS: Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could … More Interview with Nicole Castroman!
There’s a shortage of YA pirate books in the world. But I’m excited that there are four new pirate books (that I know of) coming out this month! February must be the perfect month for pirates because DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING comes out February 2017. I’m so excited to read these titles. UNHOOKED by … More February Pirate Book Releases
There are often days when I don’t want to write. The scene I put into my outline months ago is too complicated. It’s smarter than I am. I can’t possibly write it. And so the writing comes to a halt because I don’t know what happens next. I mean, I have a general idea of … More Writer’s Block
Grace O’Malley was the daughter of the O’Malley Clan’s chieftain, whose holdings were located off the west coast of Ireland in the 16th century. Grace wanted to be on the sea from the time she was little. She would beg her father to take her with him when he went trading overseas. But … More Real Female Pirates, Part 2