• Being a Reluctant Reader

    I was a very reluctant reader when I was young, so I write books to be as compelling and cinematic as the best films and video games, to turn reluctant readers into lifelong ones.

Marcella is wondering...are we at peak drama?

Get Your Drama On

May 20, 2016
Today, much of the TV drama world descends on The London hotel in West Hollywood for the C21 Drama Summit West. It’s boom time in drama, and while many insiders and industry watchers are wondering if there’s too much drama, nobody can argue that creativity isn’t at an all time high (for a side read: this piece ...
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now up on wattpad, for everyone, for free

Pressing Play on STAR PRESSED

May 10, 2016
I’ve just done something a bit different, and maybe crazy.  I put my entire new novel up on wattpad. For everyone to read. For free. I know what you’re thinking…”but Jeff, you’re a professional author, are you insane?” Yes, I am. And maybe I am. The move was deemed newsworthy enough by The Bookseller that they covered it here: http://www.thebookseller.com/news/norton-launches-new-wattpad-project-328522 But here’s ...
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On stage at the Sharjah Festival

Sharjah Reading Festival

April 27, 2016
I’m writing this from Sharjah, UAE, where I’ve been invited to speak and participate in the annual Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival. I must admit, I had no idea what to expect, but even my highest expectations have been surpassed. This festival is for the people, to inspire and encourage families and children to read. I was lucky ...
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Keeping The Beat

April 12, 2016
With London Book Fair kicking off today, I’m thrilled to share some very exciting news…. The book (which in the UK is) known as DRUMMER GIRL… …will now be published in the U.S. & Canada by a brand new YA imprint called KCP Loft with a snappy new title: KEEPING THE BEAT KCP Loft is the brand new young adult ...
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hey, that's me on PopJam!

Pop Jammin’

March 16, 2016
Who needs a new social network? I don’t know about you, but between twitter, Facebook, instagram, and YouTube (confession: I’m not on snap chat), I feel a bit too social. So I was initially reluctant when the good folks at Super Awesome purchased the Pop Jam app and invited me to become a “channel.” But I’m a convert! Pop ...
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