Building Worlds at SCBWI

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On February 6th the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) kicked off 2015 with its winter conference in New York City. This was the third conference I’ve attended, and my first as a member of the faculty. If you’re interested in writing or illustrating children’s books, I really can’t recommend the SCBWI more highly. Writing can be a […]

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“The Greatest Man in the World”

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SPOILER ALERT!!! If you have not yet read The Red Winter, you may not wish to continue reading this entry. I will be referencing events that occur toward the end of the book and I don’t want to ruin anything for you. If you’ve made it all the way to the end of Max’s journey, however, continue on a little […]

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BIG News!!!

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I can officially share the news via Publisher’s Weekly HC Nabs Neff’s New Middle-Grade Fantasy Henry H. Neff, author/illustrator of the bestselling fantasy series the Tapestry (Random House), sold a new middle-grade fantasy, called Impyrium, to HarperCollins Children’s Books. Antonia Markiet bought North American rights to the novel, in a three-book pre-empt, from Josh Adams at Adams Literary. The book, […]

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Takeaways from SCBWI

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This past week I attended the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) national conference in Los Angeles. For those unfamiliar with SCBWI, it’s an organization that brings together people from all areas of children’s publishing — writers, illustrators, editors, agents, art directors, publicists, etc. If you’re interested in making children’s books, it’s an organization you really need to […]

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My Favorite Holiday Reads

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The holidays are a particularly magical time of year — a stretch of quiet, lazy days with frost on the windowpanes. Perfect reading conditions. For me, the holidays are a period when I like to revisit some favorite books and stories. Here are some of my seasonal favorites: 1. The Wind and the Willows by Kenneth Grahame – the perfect […]

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Red Winter Release Date

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I’ve been receiving lots of questions about The Red Winter’s release date. This is understandable since an end page in The Maelstrom boldly proclaimed that it would be out in October 2013. Alas, October has come and gone and yet no Red Winter. The truth is that I’m not yet finished with the book. While I have a sizable manuscript […]

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A New (and Early!) Arrival

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The Neff family is proud to welcome James Henry Neff to the family. James was so impatient to read a draft of The Red Winter, he decided to arrive 5 weeks early. Needless to say, he was quite a surprise and triggered a mad scramble as mom/dad headed off to the hospital and a bewildered Charlie was left in capable […]

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New Year, New Aspirations

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Happy New Year! The beginning of a new year is always interesting. It’s a time to reflect, plan, eye one’s holiday paunch, and join a gym(!) 2013 promises to be an interesting year for yours truly as I conclude The Tapestry and move on to new projects. As I write The Red Winter, it’s a bittersweet feeling. I’m both excited […]

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Holiday Joy!

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Well, the holidays are upon us — a cherished time to reflect, snuggle with loved ones, quaff eggnog, and toss innumerable catalogs in the recycling bin. It’s also a time to coax one’s bewildered toddler into sitting on a stranger’s lap. I’m not certain which aspect of this photo is more upsetting; the fact that my son is howling or […]

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The Boy Turns One!

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People often ask what I do when I’m not writing. For the past year, the answer has been “chase after Charlie.” Hard to believe, but our baby turned one a week ago and is ready to take his first steps any day. The Maelstrom is Charlie’s book — dedicated to him. While I’d thought of the title before we ever […]

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