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I am celebrating my tenth anniversary in publishing today! On July 14, 2009, I published my first novel, Something Missing, with Broadway Books, a division of Doubleday, thus making a seemingly impossible dream come true. I can still remember walking into the now-defunct Borders Books and seeing my book on the shelf for the first…

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Elysha met a person who read my first novel, Something Missing, and refuses to read any more of my books because after reading the first, she is worried that I’m a nefarious person. I wrote a novel about a burglar who breaks into home and only steals items that wouldn’t be noticed missing (and ultimately…

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I’ve made it an almost annual tradition to spend a portion of my Thanksgiving writing about the people, places, things and institutions to which I am thankful.  Last year, I chose to thank no one for a very specific reason. In 2015, I expressed my gratitude for possibility. In 2014, I listed 18 reasons that…

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I don’t believe in talent. I believe in hard work.  In speaking to a writer recently about her struggles to get published, I said, “Maybe you should write another book. Not everyone publishes the first thing they write.” “You did,” she snapped. While it’s true that I managed to publish the first novel I wrote, Something…

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I’ve been fortunate enough to have my novels translated and published in more than 25 countries around the world. Just this week I heard from readers in Mexico, France, Brazil, and Australia, including two students who are reading Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend in school and one woman who strongly believes that Something Missing must be…

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I’m often asked where I get my ideas for books, which is an understandable but impossible question to answer. There is no well of ideas. There is no secret formula. There is no one answer to that question, as much as fledgling writers seem to want there to be. Simply put, I hear something. I…

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