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June 18, 2018
Guest Author Aminah Mae Safi: Ask Why, Not How
I’ve gotten a lot of questions, as people have begun reading my debut Not the Girls You're Looking For...
June 1, 2018
Swoon Author Jen Wilde: What Album Is the Soundtrack to Your Life? (Quiz!)
In The Brightsiders, Emmy uses music like therapy. Listening to her fave albums lifts her up when she’s down...
May 29, 2018
You Are What You Read: Living Vicariously Through Characters
Many of us read books to escape. We want to visit new worlds, meet exciting characters, and discover realities we...
May 17, 2018
Swoon Author Shani Petroff: Love for My Plus-Size Protagonist
I’ve struggled with my weight for most of my life. Yet, as I was setting out to work on...
May 3, 2018
Swoon Author Sandy Hall: Bucky Barnes Gives Me Life, or Why Side Characters Are Important
Confession: I love Bucky Barnes. Powered by Giphy This realization didn’t exactly come as a shock to me. I...
April 13, 2018
Swoon Author Alyssa Brandon: Characters – To Have, to Hold, to Hate?
Should you love or hate your characters? Are their your friends? Or are they just tools to get your story...
March 23, 2018
Swoon Author L.E. DeLano: Ask Yourself (And Your Character) “What Did You Learn?”
I will confess right now that I wasn’t sure how I was going to end Dreamer. I knew where...
March 20, 2018
March Madness, Bookish Style
Happy March Madness, Swooners! Unfortunately for me, my Alma Mater was never known to be very good at basketball. There...
March 15, 2018
Swoon Authors Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas: Where Are They Now?
Dear Swooners, Our trilogy is complete. Our blog tour is underway. We haven’t written a lick of Evelyn dialogue...
March 13, 2018
3 YA Female Character Tropes That Can See Themselves Out ASAP
Let’s face it—even though we’re living in the golden age of young adult fiction (I just decided...
November 14, 2017
Celebrate International Girls Day with These Four Kick-Butt Female YA Characters
I love to read novels about young women who are taking the world by storm, whether they’re making a...
October 23, 2017
NaNoWriMo Prep: How Well Should You Know Your Characters?
National Novel Writing Month is coming up! I'm sure those of you who are participating this year are currently...
October 9, 2017
Fancasting: Bringing Favorite Book Characters to Life (Part II)
As I have mentioned previously on this blog, I’m not just an avid reader, but a colossal movie/TV...
October 3, 2017
Torturing Characters for Fun and Profit
As a reader and a fangirl, I have a LOT of sympathy for Tumblr posts like this: There are SO...
September 1, 2017
8 YA Characters Who Could Convincingly Narrate Taylor Swift’s New Single
Hoping to capitalize off a year of PR missteps, Taylor Swift is seizing the narrative that painted her as a...
August 31, 2017
Swoon Author Maggie Ann Martin: Writing Character Quirks (Plus a Quiz!)
One of my favorite parts about starting a new project is finding out what makes a character tick, the things...
June 27, 2017
Say What?: 5 Tips for Avoiding Common Dialogue Mistakes
The key to writing good dialogue is to be as realistic as possible without boring your reader. You want your...
June 13, 2017
Unlikable Characters: How to Make Them Work
For many readers, the first thing that hooks them when they open a book is the main character. They are...
April 5, 2017
Writing Prompt: Time for Some Fanfiction!
Feeling stuck on your WIP? Revisions got you feeling drained? Sometimes the best thing to do is to just step...
February 14, 2017
It's About Chemistry! (Because Science)
One of the things that can really make a story shine is the chemistry between characters. Not just in romance...
February 2, 2017
Swoon Author Shani Petroff: What's in a Name?
What's in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet; So...