Friday, April 11, 2014


I completely forgot to blog about the book deal I signed with Red Turtle/Rupa Publicatons!! It had been in the works for a few months and I finally signed it on my trip to India in February. The book is RISHI & THE KARMIC CAT, a middle grade fantasy set in the US, India, and Tibet. I LOVE this story and am so excited that it will finally see ink.

Should be out in India at the end of 2014 or early 2015. HOORAY!! :)

(Kitty picture via


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lunch date

Apparently STARCURSED is a good lunch date! :)

@nandinibajpai's STARCURSED is a great lunch companion.
 — Hayley Barrett (@hayleybwrites) April 8, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014


The best part about writing is hearing from someone who loved your book. This note from the organizer of the Y.A. for Y.A. book festival is one of my favorites. :) 

"I have a friend interested in STEM careers (she was one of the girls selling books--I may have pointed her out to you) and Starcursed means a lot to her (she read it all yesterday!). She often feels ostracized for trying to fit into that male-dominated world, and reading about another woman interested in math helped her a lot. I can hardly express how much this means to me, or to her, so this note of thanks will have to suffice." 

THIS makes it all worthwhile! Hope STARCURSED inspires many more girls to take up Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math careers!! 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Y.A. for Y.A. Teen Book Festival - Barrington RI

Headed to Rhode Island this weekend for a teen book festival organized single handedly by a high school senior. Who says our youth lack innitiative!! Happy to be on a great panel with some awesome authors. Do stop by if you're in the area!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Wordcount WIN!

The writing retreat in Western Mass. was officially a win. Lots of quiet corners to curl up and write in. No distractions. I never really got why people go on writing retreats and now I do. Some pictures below of the scenery along the road trip and the peaceful interior of Wellspring House.  
And how about that wordcount? 

27336 / 70000 words. 39% done!

That's 10K words in three days. They may be rubbish--but at least I have momentum. Now to do what Dory said and...

Friday, March 21, 2014

Wordcount update & writing retreat!

It's been a slow few weeks what with the India trip and my daughter getting sick etc. but I'm back to writing now and the new wordcount update on Project K is...

17172 / 70000 words. 25% done!

I know. It's not much--yet.

But I'm hoping it take it up a notch soon, because next Friday I'm headed to the hills of Western Massachusetts and this lovely little house for a writer's retreat! 
Three days and no commitments except to write. Sounds like heaven! Ask me what my wordcount is when I get back! :)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The dearth of diversity in children's books

The Lee & Low infographic showing the shamefully low percentage of children's books about people of color is a real eyeopener. I knew it was wasn't a lot but I had hoped it was growing. No such luck! In the past eighteen years the number of books with POC has remained static at about 10%. Of these many had covers that were "whitewashed" for marketing reasons--the prevailing wisdom being that books with POC on the cover don't sell. 

I have been maintaining a few pinterest boards of YA and MG books with people of color on the cover and inside the pages too. I'm sharing them here in the hope this will guide people to them.

Publishing is a business, and if these books and others like them sell well publishers will acquire more of them. I also hope they put some marketing muscle behind the books to boost their sales. 

If you know of books I've missed please comment below and I will add them in.