As It Turns Out, You Do Know Jack

For years, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Lee Child’s novels about Jack Reacher. I love the way the Reacher stories thrum with pleasurable uncertainty while I roll my eyes as Reacher’s over-the-top, alpha-male infallibility. For me, the latter annoyance begins...

Writing For Children & Teens

Madeleine L’Engle once said, “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” Not only is that my favorite quote, it’s my standard response whenever someone asks me if I think...