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K.L. Kranes, Author

YA Fiction

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How a Year of Blogging Has Made Me a Better Person and Novelist

I started writing my blog when Travelers I was published in October 2016 and, at the time, I decided I would write a blog post every day. It was ambitious, but if I'm going to do something I'm going to do it all the way.

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The Mind of a Sleep Deprived Writer

Disclaimer: I wrote this blog while severely sleep deprived. Read on if you dare.

Lessons in Failure from NANOWRIMO

I lost. What's worse is I lost a contest where I was only competing with myself. I am a NANOWRIMO loser. But, for once, I'm OK with losing.

Thankless for Thanksgiving, But in a Good Way

Thanksgiving is the combination of two simple words: thanks and giving. However, have you ever noticed how the tradition of giving thanks, which should be selfless, tends toward the self-centered?

Writing Quandary: Personality Test for Your Characters – Helpful Writing Tool or Waste of Time?

For me, personality tests are like a piece of free candy, if I see one, I'll take it. They can be serious, like Myers Briggs, or fun, like the "what do you see" Rorschach-like personality tests constantly popping up on Facebook.

NaNoWriMo Newbie: Advice from Week 1

If you read my blog last week on NaNoWriMo, you already know I'm a newbie to this writing event. I didn't quite know what to expect when I started. It's now been one week (technically 8 days when I'm writing this). What have I learned so far? Anything?

It’s a Small Animal! It’s a Writing Contest! It’s Nanowrimo?

The first time someone said the word "Nanowrimo" to me was in a Starbucks and I thought it referred to a miniature rhinoceros. I was just a tiny bit off.

Monday Blog: Art Set Free in a Prison

A prison is not a place I would think I'd find great art.

Graduation Time Reflections: A Writer’s Letter to Her Younger Self

Last weekend I went to my niece's high school graduation party. The youthful exuberance, the freedom to be weird, the optimism all felt exhilarating. However, in the air there was also a pinch of uncertainty, a drop of teenage arrogance and a refusal to accept that change was coming and coming swiftly....

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