About This Blog

Note:  This is my blog about the craft of writing.  I do mention my own books occasionally, but only if the info is pertinent to writing and publishing   If you're here because you're a fan of my fiction, check out my author website for behind the scenes info, excerpts, and other bonus content.

I started this blog when I was a neuroscience graduate student at MIT, conducting research on the neural correlates of reading, where I took the analytical approach I used for my experiments and applied it towards the process of writing and publishing. After earning my doctorate, I've switched to full time writing.   My debut YA fantasy novel MIDNIGHT THIEF will be coming out with Disney-Hyperion in 2014. The goal of this blog remains the same though: study pieces of writing, break it down into component pieces, and try to see what makes it work.

If this is your first time here, check out the top ten posts from Year1 and Year 2. And if you'd like to get regular updates from the blog to your email inbox or RSS reading, you can subscribe using one of the options on the sidebar. I also keep a low-volume mailing list for people who want to hear about new books and special promotions.

Questions? Comments? Email me at liviablackburne [at] gmail [dot] com

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