Archive for the ‘Children’s Fiction’ Category


I’ve been dying to spill this news. DYING, I tell you! At long last, I’m allowed. Publisher’s Marketplace had this wonderful  little announcement in it this morning. Nikki Loftin’s debut novel THE SINISTER SWEETNESS OF SPLENDID ACADEMY, pitched as Coraline … Continue reading

My Very First Guest Blog Post

Happy Tuesday, Writer Friends! I am pleased as punch to announce my very first guest blog post is up today at echook. (This is the digital chapbook publisher that chose one of my essays for their first release on memoir.) … Continue reading

Holy Houston Conference Cow!

Every once in a while, awesomeness just sneaks up on you. If you were at the Houston SCBWI conference this past week, it snuck up on you with waving pompoms and a 100-megawatt smile in the form of agent Sara … Continue reading

My Spring: Houston Conferences

Hiya Peeps! I’m packing this morning for the annual Houston SCBWI conference. This was my very first conference as a kidlit writer two years ago – ah, the stories I could tell of that first year! * I should say, … Continue reading

Market Schmarket

I’ve been writing short fiction. Sort of compulsively. I think it started when I realized my WIP was going TERRIBLYWRONG RUNFORTHEEXITS KILLMENOW — wait. Deep breaths, deep breaths. No, put away the paper bag. I’m fine. No more WIP thinking. … Continue reading

Mojo Status: Regained

Hiya, Peeps! Okay, thanks for the Writer Friend love last week. The mojo has returned, along with the inspiration. I had the cutest idea for a short story today and started cranking it out. Woo hoo! And then I wrote … Continue reading

The Real Audience

Oh, Writer Friends, I have been thinking Very Deep Thoughts these last few days. Thoughts about childhood, and why I write, and who my real audience is. Is it because it’s spring, and the does are dropping their fawns in … Continue reading

Characters as Friends

Well, I didn’t know it until just now, but today is World Read Aloud Day! If you didn’t know about this, click on this link for LitWorld and you can read all about it. I read aloud to my boys … Continue reading

Unexpected Reading Jag

Uh, oh, Friends. I finished the draft of The Dark House, threw the confetti, edited it once, sent it off to a couple of Lovely Writer Friends to read… and completely forgot about the Post-Draft Reading Jag. Oh, man. I’ve … Continue reading

The Final Chapter

Hiya, Peeps! I’m writing the final chapter on the WIP today (is that why this song keeps playing in my head?) and it’s a tricky one. I feel like I used to when I was a kid and my mom … Continue reading