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Young Adult Writer, mom, and erstwhile artist.

It may be especially common in the children's literature field for writing and parenting to be linked. On one level, it seems obvious - we have kids, so why not use our talents to write for them? And yet, parents are incredibly overworked. Why do we choose this incredibly busy period of our lives to write books? In my first Writing While Parenting interview, we heard from spiritual activist Ami Chen - click to the previous article if you haven't [...]

Today is the first interview in a series examining the interrelated roles that writing and parenting have on our lives. I'm so lucky to have my friend Ami as my first guest! Unsurprisingly, her impressive background in self-examination produced some answers that will keep me thinking for a long time. First, a little about Ami, and then we'll get on to the questions! Ami Chen Mills-Naim is a global speaker, coach, trainer, editor and author of Sta [...]

Trying to get a novel traditionally published can feel just about as foolish as chasing rainbows. As a child, I actually did try to catch them - and not just for the fun of pelting across a field. I really wanted to see if there was anything at the bottom. Believing in the possibility felt like it just might pay off - even though I knew deep down how unlikely that was. This past weekend, I attended my first SCBWI conference, where the SF South me [...]

The morning after the election, I did what I could to keep my world from falling apart. I kept my writing date with my friend, burying myself in my novel. I took refuge in my own world, that of my own creation. Is this an act of defiance, or retreat? Is art only self-care? What is the value of writing stories, especially when that time could be spent on the resistance effort? It can seem a sort of betrayal to do your own work, to continue carving [...]