New York Times & Publishers Weekly best-selling YA author Cynthia Leitich Smith hosts an outstanding blog called Cynsations. The blog is an ever-engaging mix of author/agent/editor/librarian interviews, book celebrations, expert guest posts, and all kinds of resources about the craft and industry of children’s books, with new posts daily. I’m honored that Cynthia contributed the article “Paranormal Fiction: More than the Monsters” to my book WRITING YOUNG ADULT FICTION FOR DUMMIES.
Cynthia is also a prolific writer, and one of her bits of productivity wisdom is to put the blog on hiatus once a year or so. But even on hiatus, she keeps her readers informed and inspired by highlighting some “best of” guest posts. Yesterday she featured my 2011 Cynsations guest post “Why Perfectly Nice People Make Perfect Bad Guys.” You should read it — my neighbor’s dog, Lilo, is the star.