My first novel, Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire, comes out today in stores throughout North America. I’d love you to, well, buy it. People buying books makes future books possible. It’s available at massive online stores, national chains and your local indie bookstore. Arlo Finch is middle-grade fantasy fiction. That’s the broad category […]
John and Craig introduce Launch, John’s new podcast about making a book. Over the course of six episodes, the series tracks the process of writing and shipping a novel, from idea to printing. The first two episodes are available today, with new episodes coming each Tuesday. Not to worry — Scriptnotes isn’t going anywhere. We’ll […]
John and Craig discuss suspense and its function in all genres, from thrillers to romcoms. They examine suspense of the known and of the unknown and the techniques available to construct it. We also answer listeners questions about registering scripts with the WGA, how to overcome creative paralysis and unconventional sluglines. Links: The WGA’s page […]
When working of paper edits, I’ve found the fastest solution is to stop scrolling altogether and use the built-in search function.
I have a very hard time writing a character if I don’t love the name. So I obsess over picking the right one. I’ll spend hours staring in the middle distance, trying out various combinations until something clicks.
This quote from Dennis Lehane on the difference between writing books and movies is spot-on, but worth a few clarifications.
Books have two title pages. Like most things that seem oddly wasteful at first glance, there’s a good reason for it.
I’m not here for work, or to escape this nightmare of an election. Rather, this sojourn has been in the planning stages for several years, going all the way to back to a screenwriters trip organized by Film France back in 2009. My daughter is attending sixth grade here. We’ll head back to Los Angeles for seventh.
Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire will be the first book in a new series from Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan. It comes out in 2018.