Fun news! + Meet Me in Chicago or New York?

Fun news! + Meet Me in Chicago or New York?

My short story “You Deserve More” was included in Hong Kong Noir, published last month as one of the latest installments in Akashic’s famed noir series. It was an incredibly fun story to write. I got to go back to Hong Kong, one of my favorite cities, and I got to write my first murder. Yikes!

Later this month, I’ll be joining editor Susan Blumberg-Kason for a couple of events, and I’d love to meet you in person if you’ll be near Chicago or New York!

How to Write an Awesome Personalized Query Letter

How to Write an Awesome Personalized Query Letter

I know it’s tempting, but you absolutely should not send out the same query to a hundred literary agents. Personalizing may take more effort, but by telling an agent why you’re targeting them, you’re showing that you understand the industry, that you take your book seriously, and that you’re probably a good fit for them. Here’s how to do that…

Anyone else struggle to balance writing with life?

Anyone else struggle to balance writing with life?

God knows I do. I think about this all the time, so when Lauren Groff famously refused to answer the Harvard Gazette’s question about work-life balance, I was thrown. Like many of us, I cheered her on, but I was also frustrated. I reached out to some of the most prolific writing mothers (mothering writers?) I know and asked what advice they had for us.



What My Post-Vacation Depression Taught Me About Creativity

What My Post-Vacation Depression Taught Me About Creativity

I came home and fell into a serious funk. So did my husband. It took us more than a week to shake it off. (If I’m completely honest, I’m still not 100% back. In a minute I’ll get to how I’m addressing it and ask for your suggestions.) Here’s the weird thing, we were especially thrown by our malaise because we’re both lucky enough to LOVE our work and our home and our neighborhood, and now that we’re back home we aren’t sharing an itty bitty stateroom with two kids. So, why?! Why were we so deeply burned out on our lives mere days after returning from a restorative vacation? 

Do You Have to Write Every Day?

Do You Have to Write Every Day?

Nope. You don’t. You definitely, absolutely, 100% do not have to write every day to be a writer.

So why do some writers claim you do? Because they do. It’s fabulous that they can sit down and write every single day of their life. Plenty of successful authors do that. Plenty of successful authors don’t.

If a daily schedule works for you, beautiful. But if it doesn’t, that’s okay too. Like athletes, many of us need breaks to recover, adapt, recharge, and prevent burn out. 

Want some proof?