Let’s Talk About YA Stuff.

Book 'Reviews', Memes, Thoughts

YA is such a prevalent genre these days. Why? It’s awesome. Let’s talk about it.

This is the Voice of YA Tag created by Caitlin LambertMelissa Gravitis tagged me (thanks!) So here we go:

Here are the rules:

1) Thank the person who tagged you
2) Link to the original creator
3) Answer the ten questions
4) Tag AT LEAST two other YA writers/bloggers



#1 – What draws you to YA?

I think its the variety. Literally, you’ve got fantasy, dystopian, historical fiction, contemporary… all the times and places and things. But not just with adult characters, but with characters in my age range. Often times, they deal with things I struggle with or know about, and I learn from that.


They’ll also struggle with things like dragons and super powers and murders and overpowering dictators. Which, you know, I can’t relate *that* much too, but hey, you never know. Tomorrow I could discover my hidden powers, slay a dragon (or make friends with one) prepare to go on a quest but be held back by an oppressive dictator with an army of unicorns and labor camps. *shrug*

#2 – Describe your writing process. Do you like outlines and structure, or seeing where the story takes you? 

They’re often a mess, but outlines are my BFFs. I love them. It helps to have a wide overview of where the story is going, not just where its going to take me. Although, the latter does happen quite often.


#3 – How long have you been writing? Where are you in your journey?

I’ve been writing since the third grade, where I wrote about a lady bug who lived on an island and there was a waffle stand, a cave with crystals, and an evil cupid flying through the sky. Spoilers, but she ends up on a cruise to FLORIDA (gasp) as the cliffhanger.

You’ll have to wait for book two to see what happens next. 😉


But I’ve only been writing seriously since November of 2015. That’s when I took a look around, realized I was writing a series, and wanted to do the thing write. I buckled in, learned about editing, tried to find a community of writers, and started blogging.


#4 – What do you need to write? Coffee? Music?

Need? I “need” music. I can write without it, of course but it’s so nice to have my soundtrack playlist going for whatever specific thing I’m writing.


I but things I actually do need are trusty macbook and/or a notebook. Preferably my mac, as I’ve been typing away on this thing since 2012. The majority of my 300k words that have been written during NaNo over the past years have been written on it.


#5 – If you could offer one piece of advice to another writer (OTHER THAN “don’t give up”), what would it be? 

Write, even if it sucks. Do NaNo and write a crappy 10k story. Explore ideas and stories and places, and write what you have “in your heart” to write. You’ve gotta start somewhere. No one writes a beautiful star studded absolutely perfect manuscript their first try… even if it does feel like gold while it’s coming out of your fingers.

So yes. Writer, go write. Lay down the iPhone and whatever else distracts you. (creative people? Get distracted? pfft…)



#6 – What book still has you reeling from its plot twist? (*no spoilers please*)

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Weel… I’d have to say Storm Siren by Mary Weber. I’ve since finished the series, but seriously… that plot twist had me wanting to drive to the library even though it was closed and late at night. O_O

#7 – What books are you most anticipating this year?

Meep. There are so many books that I want to read that already have been published, that it’s hard for me to say! I’ve not looked much into books coming out this year. I’m still catching up on YA books most people have already read. XD

But, that said, I’m most anticipating Renegades by Marissa Meyer, or The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson.


#8 – In your opinion, what YA book/series has the most unique premise?

Excluding Harry Potter because, pfft, it set the stage so much…


I’d have to say the Lunar Chronicles. It’s just so… odd. Fairy tale retellings set in the future and on the moon and with andriods?! I mean really.


#9 – What is your all-time favorite quote from YA lit?

I am so horrible at keeping track of quotes… thankfully Goodreads is wonderful at it.

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#10 – What book do you most hope will have a movie adaptation?

I’d have to say the Lunar Chronicles all the way. It would be so stinking cool to see that as a movie. I might be too busy fangirling and pointing out any inaccuracies… but so cool.

ALSO: Not really a YA book, but I think the Percy Jackson series deserves a better movie. One that doesn’t make me want to cringe and scream and point at all the things they messed up.

Ya know.


I know this is Heroes of Olympus, shhhhh.

Thank you so much for reading!

If this tag looks cool and want to do it, feel free to do so! Takes some of the questions… take half of the questions… just whatever you do, link me to your post so I can read them, too. 😀

See you all next Sunday. ^.^



Beautiful People March 2017 Edition

Memes, Sparrow Singing

At the prospect of another beta reader call out at the end of March, (hold on to your hats, folks, we’re getting there…) I thought it would be fun to do a Beautiful People link up. I haven’t done one of these for a good long while, so it’s a long time coming!

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As always, it’s hosted by the lovely Cait and Sky.

We’ll be talking about Lyric, the main character in my book Sparrow Singing.

I babble a lot about my book over here (and on Twitter… and on Instagram… I’m making up for not talking about it in real life, you see) but if you’re unfamiliar with it, here’s the synopsis:

Sparrow isn’t her real name, but she doesn’t really have one.

It’s either her assigned number, the stage name she was branded with, or the childhood nickname given to her by her best friend.
In a school training up the nation’s next pop stars, she discovers something that was thought to have been stamped out years ago. It would shake the core of this realm built upon sand, free the people dying far from the core, and tear down the social division.
But to survive, you must thrive. You must have a voice, good looks, and musical talent, and it all must be perfect. If utter perfection isn’t reached, you’re thrown into the outer core, where people are aren’t heard from again.
When time comes, will Sparrow be able to sing?

It’s basically The Voice meets The Hunger Games with Jesus in it. *shrug* I don’t know if there’s any better way to describe it mash-up wise…

Anyway, here’s Lyric to answer some of the questions. 😀


What is your favorite book, movie, play, etc? 

Living in such a hub of entertainment, I have both a lot to choice from and practically nothing. *sigh* It just all feels the same. Romance and drama get old after being soaking in it for fifteen years! I do like piano music, but we aren’t talking about music.

Is there anything you regret doing? 

Well, yes… I mean, doesn’t everyone? I’m sure Idella even has something she regrets… actually, I’d have to say Idella is my biggest regret. I should have distanced myself from her in the Nurtury, or at least stood up to her early on in our friendship. Maybe I wouldn’t be living like a pancake underneath her thumb all the time. 

Don’t tell her I said that. 

If you were sick or wounded, who would take care of you, and how? 

*laughs* Shrew, for sure. I mean. Peyton. Peyton… I have a feeling he would be super hyper about me getting better and wouldn’t leave my side, even if he does like to fly by the seat of his pants.


Peyton. Basically. Minus the red hair.

What would you say are five ways to win your heart… or friendship?

Ah, well, I haven’t thought of that before. I think if someone were to sit and listen to what I actually have to say, that would be one way. Also, if they don’t jump to conclusions or sell me out, that would be nice. Basically, if they don’t act like everyone else at the Institute, maybe like Ember and Peyton, I’ll be friends with them. 

Describe your typical outfit from top to bottom.

Hah, a typical outfit that I pick out for myself, or one that Idella picks out for me? I’d usually content in a pair of strappy sandals, jean shorts and an airy top, since it’s so hot in here… But Idella usually puts me in a dress. One that’s most likely too short, very thin, and shows everything.

What’s your favorite type of weather?

Sunshine, blissful sunshine with some perfect puffy clouds in the sky. I also love when the wind is blowing in from the west with a tinge of coolness on it, canceling out the brutal heat. I like thunderstorms, too, but as long as they don’t get too loud. 

Do you have any names or nicknames you’ve been called throughout your life? 

Depends on who you ask, but ever since I received the name Lyric in Phase One, Idella calls me Ly a lot. But Peyton and I… we’ve had nicknames for each other since before the naming assignment. I’m Sparrow, and he’s Shrew. Don’t ask what a shrew is, I think it’s some sort of mouse… How he would know that sort of thing, I don’t have a clue.

What makes your heart just feel alive?

Would it sound cliché to say music? Not necessarily music I make in studio or music produced in the Core, but music that I make on my own. Nothing else quite opens me up and puts me back together again. Nothing else in the entire Institute is so freeing as strumming around on my guitar or playing the cool keys of piano.

What about your characters? Is there anything they regret? How is your writing coming along this month?