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In case you missed the announcement last week, my YA novel Into the Fire will be published in 2015.

I’m working hard to get Into the Fire ready for release this spring. I’ve also been working on ITF’s sequel Among the Flames.

My true love has always been fiction, and I’ve dreamed of being a published author. Now that my dream is happening, it’s time for me to step away from blogging and focus on writing fiction full time.

That means I’ll be moving to a newsletter-only format. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to sign up for my new and improved author newsletter—“Vandelized.” That’s where you’ll get the latest information about Into the Fire, Among the Flames, and future books. Vandelized subscribers will also be the first to get a look at ITF’s cover and read the back cover blurb.

2015 is going to be a great year. I’m excited to finally be able to share Into the Fire with you!

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Coming in 2015

coming soon bannerI’m excited to announce that my debut novel is scheduled for publication in 2015!

Into the Fire is a YA urban fantasy set in the Seattle suburbs. (So perhaps “suburban fantasy” would be more appropriate in this case?)

Into the Fire is the first of a series, and it will be available this spring. More details coming soon.

Words to Live By

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Celebrate Imagination

super imaginatorOne of the perks of being a less-than-talkative introvert is that, even after several years of marriage, you can surprise your spouse with trivial facts about yourself. You know, the random kind of information most people would have exchanged during their first year of dating.

The other day my husband and I were discussing an invitation to a Halloween party. I made the comment that Halloween was my favorite holiday, and he replied, “It is? Why?” After my initial thought of How can he not know this?, I scrounged up a few words to explain.

Other kids went to haunted houses or watched scary movies. I stayed home to watch the Peanuts Halloween special on TV and stuff myself with caramel apples and popcorn balls. Other kids dressed up as witches and vampires. I borrowed a wig to complete my Princess Leia costume. In the days before attending Comic Con was cool, I looked forward to Halloween because it was the one day of the year that I could dress up like a space princess without being labeled as a nerd or a freak. For one day, I didn’t have to worry about reality. I could be Princess Leia. I could lead a group of ragtag rebels against the Empire and win.

Growing up, Halloween was about picking a costume and becoming a character, the perfect holiday for a future novelist. It was a day for me to celebrate imagination, and it still is. Halloween is one of the rare occasions when it’s socially acceptable for adults to play pretend—to imagine who they could be and what they could do—and I refuse to give that up.

Where will your imagination take you this Halloween?


The Reading Connection

The pleasure of all reading is doubledI attended the annual ACFW conference in St. Louis last week. It was a great opportunity to learn about the craft of writing and get the latest news of the publishing industry. It was also a lot of fun to hang out with my writing peeps. They get me.

We talked about writing books, of course, but we also talked about reading them. When it comes down to it, we novelists are readers first. We write because we love books, and we believe in the power of story. Reading the same book creates a connection. It provides common ground to discuss thoughts and emotions. The pleasure of reading is one of the few things in life that multiplies when it’s shared.

Are you part of a book club? A member of Goodreads? How do you share the experience with other readers?