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Cover reveal for my new middle grade–Pumpkin Spice Secrets!!!!!


Okay, here’s a secret you can share. And please do. Because it’s a cover reveal. For my new middle grade, Pumpkin Spice Secrets, coming out this fall with Sky Pony Press. This book will launch Skypony’s new Swirl line, which is an imprint dedicated to books that speak directly to tween girls in a fun […]

One Year Anniverary of my middle grade novel Queen of Likes


You know how first year birthdays are a big deal? Lots of presents, mashing your hands in birthday cake, balloons. Lot of fanfare. Well, for the first time, I’m feeling that way about my book, Queen of Likes. I figured it out because Facebook now reminds you of such things. On your feed you will […]

How important is it to write 10 hours a day?


I must admit that I love a balanced approached to time management. But I didn’t always. In the past (and no so distant past–we are talking like 3.5 years ago), whenever I had a publishing deadline I used to stay up all night long or more. Yes, on more than one occasion I stayed up […]

Twelve Writing Tips

Recently, a teen reader asked me to give her some writing tips, and after ruminating about what to send, I just started typing up some guidelines that hit me in no particular order. I didn’t get into the nitty gritty of line editing, such as–here are common placeholders or watch out for these flabby verbs. […]

Here’s a quick video tip for simplifying your WIP

Here’s how you can simplify your novel. Okay, not everything you need to know. Just one tip to start you off. And that tip is…drum roll please: collapse your characters. Watch the 30 second video (okay, I was cheating it’s 35 seconds actually) to find out how: Enjoy! Yours, Hillary p.s. forgive my presidential hairdo. […]