After the Moment

Despite stars from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, this book has received its share of pretty bad blog reviews. Most of them while I (and the novel) were on a blog tour. Lesson learned. Do not tour the internet. I've written a couple of essays about some of the thinking that…

Stay With Me

I first wrote Stay With Me from Clare's point of view. It wasn't the right way into the story, but I couldn't see it in any other way. So I put it aside, took Italian lessons, read The Economist from cover to cover every week, and watched Buffy reruns until I had…

The Kings Are Already Here

The Kings Are Already Here is my favorite. Not only because I took ballet classes again to be reminded of what barre exercies feel like (they hurt, and no grown woman should be forced to look in a mirror while wearing pink tights). And not because my first real crush was…

My Heartbeat

My Heartbeat is a book that did really well. It got very nice reviews, won a prize, and made my publisher happy with me (they sent flowers). All of which made me quite grateful, but also rather astonished. I had set out to write a novel of loyalty and betrayal, and…

When I Was Older

When I Was Older had another life as a manuscript titled Juliet and the Idea of Frogs. In it, Sophie's mother was a lesbian, giving me the opening line of: "My mother likes girls, say it loud, say it proud, my mother likes girls." Juliet was turned down by about twenty-seven editors, most of…

French Ducks in Venice

French Ducks in Venice is my first picture book, and is now out, published by Candlewick Press. The illustrations are by a very talented artist named Erin McGuire. Here's a video trailer for the book: [vimeo 33629966]   It's about two ducks, Georges and Cécile, brother and sister who believe they are French.…