So honored to be part of YA Reading List‘s celebration of Pi Day along with John Green and Danica McKellar. There she is, Patty Ho, the protagonist of my debut novel, NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH (and a few white lies). So strange to think that I wrote that book over 6 years ago: buildering (rock … Read More
For the launch of GIRL OVERBOARD–featuring a snowboarder–Burton Snowboards and my publisher put Olympic gold medalist Hannah Teter and myself on a tour. I was tickled to see The Ultimate YA Reading Group include a photograph from one of our pit stops in Vermont before we climbed on Santa’s sleigh to participate in a small … Read More
A number of corporate storytellers have asked me for further information about the science of storytelling. Here’s a great article that encapsulates some of the research: For the full article, click here. Or go to: http://www.dailygood.org/view.php?sid=394
While seeing my books at bookstores is still a little odd, what is truly unbelievable–and touching–to me are how these same books are inspiring others… to create art to share thoughts and to study in school, whether it’s an aspiring architect in college or a high schooler.
So curious about other people’s creative process: how do you take your ideas and see them to fruition? One of my favorite exercises is to create a vision board of my new work. Essentially, I map out the character, journey, goals, and mood in a collage. And use that piece of handmade art as my … Read More
Such a lovely review for RETURN TO ME from a librarian blogger over at BooksYALove. My favorite line: “Separation and reunion, perception and reality – Justina Chen once again brings readers a story with the right ending in a complex real world.” She really understood that the book was about transforming dust into stardust. And … Read More
One of my all-time truest passions is storytelling–whether researching, writing, rewriting, rewriting, rewriting, rewriting…or teaching about story. I had the privilege of keynoting a social media conference co-hosted by Disney and Ragan Communications. Here’s what one of the attendees picked up about storytelling. (For his complete article filled with great nuggets, click here.) To story … Read More
Looking for a way to get to know someone? Take note of what the gals over at the Ultimate YA Reading Group do when they feature an author. Ask them for 7 fun facts about themselves. Here’s what I said: For the full post, click here.
How fun that RETURN TO ME has inspired an art project. In the book, Reb creates fairy houses from found materials. One of the librarians on the Teen Librarian Toolbox blog created one with her daughter. Check out the instructions to make your own fairy house here.
Melissa Walker, novelist extraordinaire and former editor of Elle and Seventeen, invited me to share the inside scoop on the gorgeous, atmospheric, and moody cover for RETURN TO ME. You can read about it here.