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Sarah, a teen with a port-wine stain and body image issues, is abducted, and must find a way to rescue herself.

“Powerful. I raced through it, wanting to know if Sarah would find a way to escape both her captor and her self-doubts. A real nail-biter!“
- April Henry, NY Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

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Kendra must face her past and stop hurting herself--before it's too late.

Awards: #1 in the Top 10 ALA Quick Picks, ALA's Rainbow List, a Governor General Literary Award Finalist, Staff Pick for Teaching Tolerance.

Yes, it's my own arm on the cover of SCARS.

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Caitlyn, a telepath in a world where having any paranormal power at all can kill her, must decide between saving herself or saving the world.

Awards: A finalist for the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award.

PARALLEL VISIONS book cover

Kate sees visions of the future--but only when she has an asthma attack. When she "sees" her sister being beaten, and a schoolmate killing herself, Kate must trigger more attacks--but that could kill her.

Awards: 2013 Gold Winner, Wise Bear Digital Awards, YA Paranormal category.

STAINED book cover

Sarah, a teen with a port-wine stain and body image issues, is abducted, and must find a way to rescue herself.

“Powerful. I raced through it, wanting to know if Sarah would find a way to escape both her captor and her self-doubts. A real nail-biter!“
- April Henry, NY Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

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Make Your Writing Come Alive: Write About What Moves You

by Cheryl Rainfield, 2003

There's a common saying among writers—write about what you know. I think that's generally good advice. I'd like to add: write about what moves you, what you care about, what provokes strong emotion in you.

In my opinion, some of the best writing comes from something you feel passionate about, something that forces you to reach deep into your soul, into your emotions, responses, and memories. It's what makes the writing come alive. It's worked for me—and I've seen it work for other writers.

I'm not talking about likes and dislikes—I like to hike, I like cats—I'm talking about what pulls up emotion so powerful that you feel like a kid again, or you can't avoid feeling whatever emotion is rolling through your body. That's the stuff that can produce powerful fiction. That's the stuff that can bring the fire of life to your work.

It doesn't have to be something that makes you feel good. In fact, fear and pain can push a writer to write more furiously, more desperately, more passionately and true to the heart, than she or he would otherwise. But it does have to be something that evokes great emotion in you, if you want your writing to come alive, and make the reader feel its life.

So take a deep breath—and plunge into your soul, putting as much as you dare onto paper. Your writing will be stronger for it.

©Cheryl Rainfield, 2003

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