18042393 April 17

10 Questions With… Author Kristin Rae

By far the best thing about social media (in my opinion) has GOT to be the people you meet and the resulting relationships. If not for the blogging world, I would’ve never come across Texas writer Kristin Rae many years ago. And that, my friends, would be a travesty. Not only is Kristin the author […]

Pharrell_Williams_-_Happy April 14

What’s Your Happy Song?

I feel like we’ve finally reached a point in the year where I can safely say, “Look! Summer IS going to happen, after all!” It’s been the longest winter of my whole life (and that is NOT an exaggeration) and the combination of sunlight, clear skies, and warm temperatures can’t come soon enough. Do your […]

blackfin April 10

10 Questions with Author Kat Ellis

Today at All the Write Notes, we have 10 questions with YA author Kat Ellis. Kat’s incredible debut novel, BLACKFIN SKY, hits shelves in May in the UK and in September in the US. (I’m contemplating making a trip to the UK in May just so I don’t have to wait those 4 extra months! Who […]

milesshhhclose April 07

The Sounds of Silence

One thing that always mystified me is when writers talk about their playlists.  Some are simple (a couple of songs or an album or two) while others are very, very, very, very, very detailed–certain songs for certain characters, scenes, and even a pre-writing hype. Me?  I write in complete silence. I used to not be […]

WEEKEND COVERS April 05

A.T.W.N. WEEKEND COVERS – MARCH

This 17 track #ATWNWeekendCovers playlist has it all. Throughout March on our Twitter feed, we featured 17 covers by such diverse artists as Sam Roberts, Chvrches, Tegan & Sara, The Avett Brothers, Bruce Springsteen, Russell Crowe and Jimmy Fallon, HAIM, and Tokyo Police Club. Enjoy the playlist and keep an eye on our Twitter account every weekend for our favorite book covers and […]

2014-03-16 14.28.23 March 31

In Real Life: Seeing Is Believing

Hi Everyone! So, I’ve recently had the opportunity to see Imagine Dragons in concert. I KNOW. It was amazing. I try to go to 3-4 concerts a year. Why? Because there’s nothing like hearing music live. I’m not sure what happens, but as soon as you’re singing along with everyone to a song you’ve heard […]

16050312 March 27

Guest Post by Amy Rolland + OF BREAKABLE THINGS Playlist!

I’m so excited to have the sweet and talented Amy Rolland on the ATWN blog today! Amy is the author of the AMAZING YA novel, OF BREAKABLE THINGS, out next month. Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:   Alex Ash was born broken. Living with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is like living on death row, but she is willing […]

Hook's Revenge March 24

10 Questions With Author Heidi Schulz

TODAY AT ALL THE WRITE NOTES I HAVE “10 QUESTIONS WITH…” AUTHOR HEIDI SCHULZ. HEIDI AND I CHATTED ABOUT HER DEBUT MG BOOK HOOK’S REVENGE, INSPIRATION, AND GIRAFFES? ENJOY! Welcome to A.T.W.N., Heidi! Being a big Peter Pan fan, I’m really excited for your Middle Grade debut, Hook’s Revenge. Tell our readers a little about […]

JustLikeStartingOver March 21

Crawling Back Into the Cave

Revisions. Some people seem to love working on revisions. I’m not one of them. I, personally, think revisions are about as much fun as having a tooth-drilled. No, they’re worse than that. It’d be like having each of your fingernails pulled out by an army of evil gnomes all wearing Misfits t-shirts and calling you […]

bandsbooks.jpg March 17

6 Bands Share YA Books That Shaped Them

Every band probably has that one act — that one rabblement of dudes and chicks with guitars and whatnot — that changed them. That made them want to do to what they do (or struggle to do between beige-y desk jobs and gigs slinging drinks and lattes). Nothing is born in a vacuum, after all. […]

homepage-coverimage March 13

Album Review: Spreading Rumours by Grouplove

A few years ago, my husband introduced me to Grouplove. Their album, Never Trust a Happy Song, made its way onto quite a few of my writing playlists and it is still a go-to album anytime I need a pick-me-up. So, of course, I was super excited to get my hands on Spreading Rumours. Don’t […]

car-radio March 10

The Reason You Create Matters

Now, this is my job, I will not quit it; pulled me out the depths when I thought that I was finished. I’ve had very little sleep. I just drove six hours from North Carolina back to Tennessee. I listened to the radio the entire way back because I blew out my engine on the […]

divergent-poster-full March 06

Divergent Movie & Music

The YA community is between the Hunger Game movies, so what’s on everyone’s mind? Divergent. If you don’t know about Divergent, the dystopian series by Veronica Roth, check it out on GOODREADS.  The movie releases Friday, March 21st and if you haven’t seen the movie trailer yet, look no farther (click the link below.) For […]

imagesCAN11J35 March 03

Music Memory

Music memory is a strange, inspiring phenomenon. It’s that thing that occurs when you hear a song from your past~not just any song, but the one that for whatever reason left an impact~and you find yourself transported by it to another place in time, the memory of that moment so vivid, so real that you’re no longer just listening to a […]

WEEKEND COVERS March 01

A.T.W.N. WEEKEND COVERS – FEBRUARY

To be honest, this 27 song #ATWNWeekendCovers playlist has a cover for pretty much anyone. Throughout February, on our Twitter feed, we featured 27 covers by such diverse artists as Sam Roberts, Chvrches, Bastille, Jake Bugg, Broken Bells, James Walsh, Ivy Levan, and Band of Skulls. So, enjoy the playlist and keep an eye on our Twitter account every […]

jolly-old-saint-nicholas-piano-solo February 27

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Guitar Recitals

Back in December, I got to watch my son have his first guitar recital. He’s 7 years old, and though we bought the smallest guitar we could find, it was still a couple of sizes too big for him.  But he worked hard on it, practicing every night, without fully knowing what a recital would entail. […]

20140213-081658.jpg February 24

Playlist, then Plot

Most of the time, I wait to create book playlists until I’ve written a couple of chapters. This gives me time to get to know my characters and pick songs they would like. To firm up my plot or theme and select songs that mesh. Many writers I’ve talked to have the same process: plot, […]

Gilded February 21

10 QUESTIONS & GIVEAWAY WITH AUTHOR CHRISTINA FARLEY

I’M EXCITED TO WELCOME AUTHOR CHRISTINA FARLEY  TO ALL THE WRITE NOTES FOR “10 QUESTIONS WITH“. CHRISTINA AND I CHATTED ABOUT HER DEBUT BOOK GILDED, MUSIC,  HER  BOOK TRAILER, AND CHRISTINA IS GIVING ALL OF OUR CANADIAN AND AMERICAN READERS A CHANCE TO WIN A SIGNED PAPERBACK COPY OF GILDED. ENJOY, AND GOOD LUCK! Welcome to […]

inthegrass February 20

Interview: Daron Macke of Wedding Day Rain

Singer/Songwriter and Musician Daron Macke is one-half of Wedding Day Rain, the indie pop duo behind IMOGEN UNLOCKED, the companion album to Kelsey Macke’s debut novel,  DAMSEL DISTRESSED. IMOGEN UNLOCKED, an album of original songs inspired by the book, will be Wedding Day Rain’s full-length debut. The duo  released an EP of Christmas standards, Rapt in […]

TF February 19

10 QUESTIONS WITH TWIN FORKS’ CHRIS CARRABBA

TODAY AT ALL THE WRITE NOTES, I WELCOME CHRIS CARRABBA, FOR 10 QUESTIONS WITH… TWIN FORKS. BEST KNOWN FOR DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL, CHRIS IS CURRENTLY THE LEAD SINGER BEHIND THE FOLK BAND, TWIN FORKS. I CHATTED WITH CHRIS ABOUT WRITING, THEIR UPCOMING ALBUM, AND THE AGE OLD QUESTION…STAR WARS vs STAR TREK. After Twin Forks blew […]

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