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Erin L. Schneider is native to the Pacific Northwest, attended college in Honolulu - and although Hawaiian - should never be allowed on a surfboard. With more than twenty years in corporate merchandising, she’s now a full-time writer living in Seattle with her husband, Neal; their baby boy, Kellan; a rowdy German shepherd named Ronin; and two crazy cats, Ono and Poke. She’s a member of both the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and SCBWI, and is also co-founder of the YA Buccaneers.

SUMMER OF SLOANE is her debut novel, out May 3, 2016 from Disney-Hyperion.

Erin is represented by literary agent Lisa Grubka of Fletcher & Company.

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YA Buccaneers Summer Reading Challenge: Check-in #5

I managed to polish off two more reads for my YA Buccaneers Summer Reading Challenge this past week:

  • Read a biography or memoir

  • Read a non YA Book: GRAPEVINE WOODS by Bridgid Gallagher - MG CP Read

  • Read a classic (YA or otherwise) 

  • Read a book by a debut author: MORE THAN MUSIC by Elizabeth Briggs

  • Read a book with Summer in the title

  • Read a book published the year you were born

  • Read a book with a male protagonist 

  • Read a book of your choice: RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo and #SCANDAL by Sarah Ockler

  • Re-read a book you disliked as a kid

  • Re-read an old favorite: ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS by Scott O'Dell

  • Read a book that's been on your TBR a long time

  • Read a Printz Award winner: Currently Reading: GOING BOVINE by Libba Bray

  • Read a book set at the beach

  • Read a book with LGBT themes or main charactersFAR FROM YOU by Tess Sharpe

  • Read a book of poetry or novel in verse


    Any recos on a good read set at the beach (I'm re-reading TWENTY BOY SUMMER for my book with Summer in the title, so I need something else that takes place at the beach!)? Or how about a good biography or memoir? 

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    YA Buccaneers Summer Reading Challenge: Check-in #4 

    I'm finally making progress on my Summer Reading Challenge! 

    As of today, I've checked three books off the list and am working on my fourth:

    1. Read a biography or memoir

    2. Read a non YA Book: GRAPEVINE WOODS by Bridgid Gallagher - MG CP Read

    3. Read a classic (YA or otherwise)

    4. Read a book by a debut author

    5. Read a book with Summer in the title

    6. Read a book published the year you were born

    7. Read a book with a male protagonist 

    8. Read a book of your choice: RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo

    9. Re-read a book you disliked as a kid

    10. Re-read an old favorite

    11. Read a book that's been on your TBR a long time

    12. Read a Printz Award winner

    13. Read a book set at the beach

    14. Read a book with LGBT themes or main characters: FAR FROM YOU by Tess Sharpe

    15. Read a book of poetry or novel in verse


    I've already got my picks for both my debut author and male protag spots, but am still looking for a great book of poetry or novel in verse -- any recos out there?


    YA Buccaneers Summer Reading Challenge: Check-in #3

    Yipes! I've missed the first two check-in's for our Summer Reading Challenge -- but not because I haven't been reading, I swear!

    I've been busy cranking and critiquing through a MS for a fabulous friend of mine, which definitely took priority. But now I've finished with her awesome book, sent off my comments, and started back in on all those great summer reads I have piled up!

    So far I've checked ONE book off from the list and am working on my second...you could say I have some work to do this summer!

    1. Read a biography or memoir

    2. Read a non YA Book

    3. Read a classic (YA or otherwise)

    4. Read a book by a debut author

    5. Read a book with Summer in the title

    6. Read a book published the year you were born

    7. Read a book with a male protagonist 

    8. Read a book of your choice: Pending - RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo

    9. Re-read a book you disliked as a kid

    10. Re-read an old favorite

    11. Read a book that's been on your TBR a long time

    12. Read a Printz Award winner

    13. Read a book set at the beach

    14. Read a book with LGBT themes or main characters: FAR FROM YOU by Tess Sharpe

    15. Read a book of poetry or novel in verse

    What great books have you read this summer? I'll take any recos that help check off my list! And Happy 4th of July, everyone!


    Spring Writing Bootcamp: Survivor!!!

    Wow, how crazy have the last three months been? So many goals, so many new writer friends, so. much. awesome!

    I'm very proud of everyone who participated in this year's Spring Writing Bootcamp, particularly my teammates on Team Rainier -- we not only set fantastic goals for ourselves, but we knocked them right out of the park!

    Don't believe me? Well you should...

    Because we participated in mad Word Sprints, shouted BINGO across the Twit-o-sphere, typed thousands of USABLE words, started new WIPS, finished whole manuscripts, readied edits for the eyes of our CP's, found a new CP or two, released a-mazing new book covers, went out on submission, and yes, I even managed to sell my own debut YA Contemporary to Disney-Hyperion!

    I'd say we accomplished quite a bit! 

    So now you want your own badge to show off for surviving bootcamp? Well stop on by the YA Buccaneers to pick one up! And definitely don't forget to tweet your achievements using #YABbootcampWIN -- we've got all kinds of fantastic prizes up for grabs!!! 

    So much in just three months. Imagine what we could do with more time?

    Oooohhhhhhhhh. *imagines BIG* *imagines GIGANTIC!*

    Which of course leads me right into what's on the horizon over at The YA Buccaneers: We'll be doing some fun things over the next three months - including the celebration of our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY in July!!! Can you believe it's almost been one year already? But all that's only the beginning, because we have something EXTRA CRAZY AWESOME planned for the Fall -- believe me, you'll want to check back to see what we've got on deck! 

    Congrats to everyone on all the awesomeness that you achieved! And way to go TEAM RAINIER for being the best. team. ev-ver!!!

    Thanks so much to everyone who buckled down and wrote on! 


    Spring Writing Bootcamp Check-In #12


    1. Bikini Boot Camp Day #9:

      I mentioned in last week's post that I joined the ever-fabulous Jennifer Jordan's For The Glow's Bikini Boot Camp - and yesterday marked the start of week 2! I'm sleeping better, I'm working out 5 days a week, and I'm loving everything that Jenn has slated for us to eat -- which includes my absolute favorite green smoothie, BEE GORGEOUS! This one is SO good, I could actually drink it every morning! For those of you interested, here's the easy recipe:
      1. Handful of greens (I use kale)
      2. 8oz. coconut water
      3. 1 banana (preferably frozen)
      4. 1 tbs. almond butter
      5. 1 tbs. bee pollen
      6. 1 tbs. raw honey
      7. 1 teas. alcohol-free vanilla
      Tip: I'll add a cup of ice if the banana isn't frozen. Blend all until smooth...and ENJOY! **Jenn mentions a good point, please do an allergy test for bee products before consuming!
    2. New WIP NOTG writing goal: 
      Minimum of 10,000 words for the month.
      UPDATE: I put together a play list over the weekend and I love listening to it while I write! Here's a snippet of some of the songs (my favorite is song #3!):
      YA Contemporary: NAME OF THE GAME by Erin L Schneider on Grooveshark 
    3. Continue to read / finish CP's MS!
      UPDATE: Still waiting for a couple of CP's to send over their manuscripts - looks like I'll be getting one of them towards the end of this month and I can't wait!
    4. Host / participate in a Word Sprint or two! 
    5. Cheer on the AWESOME that is Team Rainier!
    6. Read 5 books minimum. 
      UPDATE - THREE books down:
      1. CP Heidi's MS
      2. I finally finished DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS by Laini Taylor
      3. I also knocked off Abbi Gline's newest release, RUSH TOO FAR.
      I'm now reading FAR FROM YOU by Tess Sharpe, which I'm really liking. Like A LOT.  
    7. We've only got TWO more weeks of bootcamp left -- what do you have in YOU?


      Spring Writing Bootcamp Check-In #11


      1. Dinner: Quinoa & lime-marinated chicken bowl!
        Green Smoothie: Bee Gorgeous!Bikini Boot Camp Day #1:

        Because I evidently can't get enough of bootcamps, I decided to join For The Glow's Bikini Boot Camp this year. But instead of motivation for writing, this one's for my health - which in turn, makes for better writing, right? RIGHT! 
        It's six weeks of turning my diet around (I love kale!), getting a little exercise (burpees anyone?), being motivated by others, tracking it on Pinterest!, and overall, just doing good for this 'ole body of mine. I started eating clean(er) (I'm not vegan or vegetarian, but I am opting for gluten free around 95% of the time) and following the recipes a week ago to acclimate -- and aside from some of the ingredients being a little on the expensive side, I love everything I make (green smoothies, egg & kale breakfast scrambles, hummus = YUM!) and I definitely feel full and happy! 
        So be prepared for some great recipes / photos over the next 6 weeks -- after all, I've got my 20 year H.S. reunion in August and this girl plans on going with a lot less me! 
      2. New WIP NOTG writing goal: 
        Minimum of 10,000 words for the month.
        UPDATE: I'm at 5,103 words so far, a little over half way done for the month! 
      3. Continue to read / finish CP's MS!
        UPDATE: I finished and sent over notes on the last MS I was reading and now I'm waiting on TWO other CP's to send over manuscripts they said they'd be sending over. Eh-em. I'm waiting. Yep, still here. *cough*
        I'll sing it again in case you missed it last week: Red rover, red rover, send your manuscripts on over!
      4. Host / participate in a Word Sprint or two! 
      5. Cheer on the AWESOME that is Team Rainier!
        UPDATE: Did you all see Elizabeth Brigg's exciting cover reveal for her NA Contemporary MORE THAN MUSIC? Yes, that's it over there - but make sure to check it out here and enter to win some great prizes!
      6. Read 5 books minimum. 
        UPDATE: One book down (Heidi's MS) and 4 more to go!