I'm so honored that Writer's Digest magazine published my new article today! In "Motive Magic for the MG/YA Writer," I emphasize the importance of focusing on your characters' motives (and I explain how + why to do so). Read it on WD's website if you're interested!
My good friend (and fellow 17-year-old writer) Byron López Ellington posted a reading of my book's synopsis on his YouTube channel here! I love it so much. He's an amazing creative; he founded a literary magazine and is writing a poetry chapbook and novel. He's also an aspiring voice actor and I'm really honored that he made this video!
WONKedition, an online news magazine for teens worldwide, featured an excerpt from my book in their "teenwork" column, which showcases the work of young creatives. Check it out here!
This morning, I had the pleasure of presenting about my book and my writing process at Long-View School! I love being able to be a part of book events even during the pandemic. The kids were so nice and they asked insightful questions about everything from publishing, to generating ideas, to how much of the book I wrote on paper. (The answer to the latter is, about 10 percent for the first draft, and a significant amount during brainstorming, but otherwise, not a lot!) My sister, Sofia, goes to this school, and she helped lead the interview. I'm super proud of her as always.
Ren Koppel Torres has adored fantasy books since the dawn of time and started The Shadow in Her Pocket at nine years old. Ren was born in New York City in a Jewish-Mexican-American family and now lives in Austin, Texas. Ren is passionate about advocating for child literacy and is donating a portion of the proceeds from book sales to Bookspring, a nonprofit in Central Texas. Ren is also a freelance writer, a visual artist, a guitarist in a rock band, a succulent aficionado, and a high school student.