I’ve heard writers say that the first draft of a novel is the one where we tell the story to ourselves. What I haven’t heard is that this can also be true of the second, third, fourth, and fifth drafts, because sometimes it takes that many tries to figure out what the hell we’re doing.

Interview about writing Shallow Graves and The Memory Trees at Semi-professional Book Person. July 28, 2017.

The thing about first novels is that when we're writing them as innocent baby authors who know nothing of the publishing world, we're pretty much only thinking about the story and why we love it and why we want it out in the world. But second novels are different. 

Review of The Mark of Cain by Lindsey Barraclough at The Washington Independent Review of Books.

The Mark of Cain is a spooky, often terrifying story steeped so deeply in the ominous feeling of a singular place that the richness of the setting carries it along even when a sluggish pace and rotating points-of-view threaten to derail it.

Thinking of the Children on Chiara' Sullivan's blog. July 3, 2016.

There's a lot of talk in the children's book community recently about the pushback certain books and authors are receiving for writing and talking about subjects that some people believe is inappropriate for their intended audience.

7 Things I've Learned So Far on the Guide to Literary Agents blog at Writer's Digest. January 27, 2016.

There are writers in the world who finish a first draft, read it over a couple of times to clean it up, and that’s it. They’re finished. The story is done.
This is what I have learned about those writers: I hate them.

First Draft Live with Sarah Enni. Author panel on scary stories and why we love them with Anna Carey, Marie Lu, Margaret Stohl, and Kali Wallace. October 30, 2015.

"On Scaring Children," on Pub(lishing) Crawl. July 27, 2015.

The funny thing about writing a horror novel is that approximately 87% of the people you meet will tell you to your face they don’t want to read it.