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I’m a bibliophile and a library devotee.

I write about books, culture, travel, and the arts for the Boston Globe and teach writing at Boston University. Before moving to New England, I was a book reviews editor at School Library Journal in New York City.

HarperCollins will publish my first young adult novel, Even in Paradise, in fall 2014.


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Chelsey Philpot I used to think writer's block was a myth...and then I started on my second book. Now, I know that writer's block is real, and it's the worst!

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I used to think writer's block was a myth...and then I started on my second book. Now, I know that writer's block is real, and it's the worst!

What I do to beat it really depends on the severity of the situation. If I'm just struggling to find the right word, I'll go get another cup of coffee. If I don't know how to end a chapter, I'll go outside, visit an art museum, read poetry, run around—anything to provoke creativity.

But say the writer's block is a little more desperate. Say I'm stumbling over major plot points or a character is just not working out.

If I'm feeling completely stuck, I will go to extremes to clear my head. I have taken impulsive trips, gone skydiving, gotten lost, and/or thrown myself into scenarios that required me to use machinery with sharp edges.

I do NOT recommend my mad methodology to anyone. But there is a kernel of truth in my crazy actions that I do endorse. I believe that to be a creative person—whether you are writing, painting, making video games, etc.—you need to live a creative and brave life. That means trying new things, exploring, adventuring, constantly pushing boundaries and asking "why?"

As Jack London famously said, “You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”(less)
Chelsey Philpot The novel I'm working on now is unrelated to Even in Paradise, and I'm not planning on writing a sequel to EIP. However, that doesn't mean that there…moreThe novel I'm working on now is unrelated to Even in Paradise, and I'm not planning on writing a sequel to EIP. However, that doesn't mean that there won't be one.

I recently wrote an article about fan fiction for the magazine School Library Journal. My research for the piece left me amazed at fans' dedication to the books, movies, TV shows, etc. that they love. If someone ever wanted to take two of my characters and write about what happens to them after my story ends, I would consider it a tremendous compliment!

Here's the article: http://ow.ly/Abykl
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“Even knowing, as I do now, that grace, power, and, yes, love can hide the darkest elements of the human heart, I would do it all again.”
Chelsey Philpot, Even in Paradise

“I wish for the same thing I've hoped for since the beginning. I wish for a life so brave, so unpredictable, so full of unexpected joys and unforgettable love that no box could possibly contain all my memories.

Such a life won't be perfect. It'll be something better.

It'll be my own paradise.”
Chelsey Philpot, Even in Paradise

“This is not something anyone can teach you. Heartbreak you must learn on your own.”
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