Tracy Marchini

Tag Archives: YA

Sometimes, I Get to Read

September has been a fabulous month for me in terms of catching up on some personal reading. I started with Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I don’t want to give … Continue reading

September 17, 2009 · Leave a comment

How Gross Is Too Gross?

Last week, I started a short story on the subway. Even though I advise everybody to find beta readers other than their mothers, I must admit that one of my … Continue reading

August 19, 2009 · Leave a comment

An Author’s Responsibility

I’m about halfway through Episodes: My Life in Syndication by Blaze Ginsberg (Roaring Brook, September 2009). It’s a memoir by a highly functioning autistic 21 year old, written in the … Continue reading

April 24, 2009 · Leave a comment

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

Yesterday I finished The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams (St. Martin’s Griffin, May 2009). I have to admit, the first thing that caught my eye was the impressive list … Continue reading

April 21, 2009 · Leave a comment

Motivate Me

In the current work-in-progress, one of my main characters is all motivation. She eats, sleeps, breathes it. She even says it in French – Je suis motivé. To counter-balance this, … Continue reading

April 20, 2009 · Leave a comment

Check Yo’self Before You Wreck Yo’self

Dialogue is hard. It has to advance the plot, not sound didactic and ring true to your character. In young adult literature, this means you’re probably using some slang. Writing … Continue reading

March 12, 2009 · Leave a comment

The Desperado Gazette

Yesterday the office was closed due to snow, so today I opened my inbox and was very excited to see The Desperado Gazette: John H. Ritter and his wife Cheryl … Continue reading

March 3, 2009 · Leave a comment

Kekla Magoon on THE ROCK AND THE RIVER (Part 1)

Kekla Magoon‘s first book, THE ROCK AND THE RIVER, is a beautifully written tale of a boy’s struggle to find his place in the civil rights movement. It has received … Continue reading

February 17, 2009 · Leave a comment

An Ode to Children’s Writers

I was checking my facebook, which made me think again about the joys (and stresses) of children’s publishing in such an interconnected world. And then I thought – Children’s writing … Continue reading

February 5, 2009 · Leave a comment


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