Category Archives: Biography

Return to India, Part 2: Mumbai

To continue with the India narrative (the first post is here, in case you missed it)—after visiting Chennai, we flew to Mumbai for a four-day visit. When I originally planned our India trip—back in the spring—I thought it might be … Continue reading

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Return to India, Part 1: Chennai

For the last six months, I’ve been working on a new book—a young adult contemporary novel set in Chennai, India. The story was inspired by my family’s experiences there in 2009, when my husband participated in a Fulbright Teacher Exchange. … Continue reading

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From the Field to the Page

If you’ve read the “About Me” in this blog, you’ll know that I have a background in archaeology. I worked on a lot of digs, got my MA in Archaeology from UCLA, and I put four years into the PhD … Continue reading

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Spring Break 2014

Since last week was Spring Break for the kiddos, my family embarked on a six-day trip to Boston and New York. The plan was for my daughter (a junior in high school) to tour six colleges (three in Boston, three … Continue reading

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Taming the Worry Monster

I am a chronic worrier by nature. Always have been, always will be. As a writer, I battle the Worry Monster a lot, especially late at night, when I can’t sleep. When I started querying for the first time, my … Continue reading

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My Agent Announcement

The short version: As of today I am officially represented by Erin Niumata at Folio Literary Management!   The longer version: I’ve been waiting to write this blog post for three years. Three years, people! That’s how long I’ve been … Continue reading

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Oscar Night

This Sunday is Oscar Night – or, as it’s officially known, the 86th Annual Academy Awards – and I can’t wait. Never mind that I’ve only seen one of the Best Picture nominees, I’m still excited to watch the ceremony … Continue reading

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Pitch Wars Mentee Bio

Rather than explain the intricacies of Pitch Wars (since most of you reading this post will be mentors and fellow mentees), I’m posting a link here. Basically, it’s an online contest for writers hosted by the fabulous Brenda Drake. Even … Continue reading

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A Whole New (Adult) World

If you’ve visited my blog before, you might notice a few changes. Like the fact that I’m now labeling myself as a writer of Young Adult and New Adult. I haven’t given up on my YA projects, but I’m adding … Continue reading

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Thanks, Dad

With Fathers’ Day coming up this weekend, I wanted to pay tribute to my father, Mario Luna, who died when I was in my early twenties. Although he was just as creative as my mother (his talents included painting, soapstone … Continue reading

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