Cold and starkly beautiful, New Zealand's Tongariro National Park is as close as you can get — or would want to get — to Mordor.
Here's why touring the WETA Workshop in Wellington, New Zealand, should be must-see for any Lord of the Rings fan.
Visit the Hobbiton movie set on the north island of New Zealand and you'll probably never want to go home again...
2020 was a struggle... But in the midst of the pandemic and the loss of my mother, I also finished my fourth novel. Here's how a year filled with loss and grief helped me complete a book about loss and grief.
The Outsiders. by S.E. Hinton is a classic teen novel which inspired a movie in 1983. But do you remember the short-lived TV series from 1990?
The Mandalorian just finished Season Two in a most satisfying way. Here's my short list of what makes this TV show such great Star Wars.
A family photo project reminded me of a road trips from my childhood and how they ultimately came to influence some of my young adult novels.
Combining art with the written word is a very effective way of telling a story. In my upcoming novel, My Summer (Under a Crescent Moon), I'm pushing my own boundaries in combining the two.
From COVID-19 to our challenges with racism, we're swamped by numerous storms. Here's how reading and writing can help reduce stress and keep your spirits up during trying times.
During a Pride Month held in the midst of a pandemic as mass protests against racism continue, I asked young people about their thoughts on the world today... and about their hopes for a better tomorrow.
My first (albeit unpublished) novel was a tale about a mysterious vandal, a parapsychologist and about dark and sinister alter-egos. And it was based on a true story!
For thousands, Mystery Science Theater 3000 is a masterpiece of absurdist humor. So why do some people fail to see the humor or even hate it for the attempt?