At last, one of my novels has been made into an audiobook!  Thanks to Three Saints Press for making it, and Rachel Jacobs for narrating it!  Can't wait to hear what you guys think.

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IDENTITY CRISIS: SHAPING THE SELF IN YA LIT.  Saturday, August 5th at 2pm in Huntington Beach.  Come hear 5 fab YA authors and me talk about our latest books and the theme of identity formation in YA lit!  Totally free and totally fun.  Open to the public, so bring friends!

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Here's What Having A Panic Attack Really Feels Like

{Originally posted on Seventeen Magazine HERE}

I'm either dying or crazy.

Those were the words on repeat in my brain the first time I had a panic attack, the summer after my sophomore year in high school. I was at the Georgia Governor's Honors Program, aka "GHP," a four-week summer program for "gifted" kids that sounded really awesome when I applied. Two days in I realized I'd made a terrible mistake. I don't fit in, I remember thinking as I lay in bed that second night. I don't belongNot here. Not anywhere. And then my heart started racing and my skin got way, way too tight.

It wasn't supposed to be like this. I'd pinned all my hope on this summer at GHP..... {CLICK TO CONTINUE READING}

The Magic of Book Buzz

Many of you have asked how you can help support my new book. Thank you! This post is for you....

First, a caveat: self-promotion is excessively painful for me. But there's no way around it: "book buzz" is the magic thing I need. I went with a tiny indie publisher this time around, so there is no behemoth marketing machine behind All Things New. I truly need all the help I can get.

So, if you're game, here's what you can do:


If you're planning to buy All Things New when it comes out, I'd very much appreciate pre-orders — they really matter! It's not just about sales figures -- preorders create buzz among booksellers, the media, and readers. So if you think you want to read (or gift) All Things New, please consider pre-ordering now.

The more pre-orders I get, the more likely the retailers are to recommend and feature my book in their stores and online So thank you in advance!

The other thing you can do is:


There is only so much I can say about my own book before people start un-friending and un-following me. But getting the word out is the only way that All Things New will succeed. So, if you have the time and inclination, please consider posting about the book on social media.

Of course, you can also just tell people about it! In particular, I'd love to get the book in the hands of teens who suffer from anxiety. When I was a kid, books were the thing that helped me know I wasn't weird or different or alone. I'm hoping All Things New can do that for teens (and tweens! and grownups!) suffering from anxiety. Shed some light. Give some hope.

And, if you're a teacher or a librarian (or know one), I'm available for Skype visits with book clubs and school groups in the fall. Just email me if you want to discuss possibilities!

Last, I just want to say THANK YOU to all of you for all the ways you've supported me, my family and my writing over the years. It blesses me so much, truly.