I interviewed Nicole for my YA novel involving heroin addiction. A week ago, Nicole overdosed. She has overdosed before. In fact, she had been in and out of over a dozen rehabs. Heroin’s pull is powerful. So powerful, Nicole once explained, that when she heard about a “laced” batch that was...

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I’m not editing this piece.
Nope.
Not even going to reread it.
Make a change.
Fix a spahlling mistake.
Even the ones I make on purpose
to make myself laugh.
Because today, one of my former elementary school students
Tweeted me a compliment.
In fact, he called me amazing.
And I wondered.
A...

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When I develop characters or prepare to revise a manuscript, I often stop writing and turn to other forms of art. I’ve found that switching arts helps me either dig deeper on the “feelings level” or stay connected to my story.

While crafting characters for my recent teen novel, Frayed, I signe...

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