Kathleen Hale

Author of NO ONE ELSE CAN HAVE YOU and the forthcoming novel NOTHING BAD IS GOING TO HAPPEN. Read more here: http://halekathleen.tumblr.com/stuff_i_write


What Happens When a Girl You Barely Know Accuses Your Mom of Child Molestation

Here’s what happened to us.


What Happens When a Girl You Barely Know Accuses Your Mom of Child Molestation

Here’s what happened to us.


No Petting Zoo: A New York City Safari

My life on the food chain (with footnotes)


I grew up in the suburbs of Wisconsin among five-year-old trees and…


Lean, Mean Novel-Writing Machine

How to write mean characters without letting them dominate your story


The fourth of four lessons from writing No One

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Tale of Two Kings

The Secret to Awkward

How novelists create realistically awkward characters


Lesson number three from writing No One Else Can Have You, my new book


How to Write About Grief

How novelists create realistically grief-stricken characters


Lesson number two from writing No One Else Can Have You, my new

How a Young Adult Novelist Starts a Book


Lesson number two from writing No One Else Can Have You, my new book about friendship and murder from HarperTeen

You Are Here

Reflections on New York City hazing, with teenagers in tow


My teenage siblings recently flew from Wisconsin to stay with me in Brooklyn. Over the…


Sugar Baby, Don’t Cry


The summer before my senior year of college, I decided to take a semester off, which involved moving to Chicago, buying two kittens from an animal hoarder, and regularly…


Hey Girl, Do You Want a Hug?

Touching him was like touching a lion


I wish I could go back and do it differently. I’m not so naive as to think it would have changed…


I Tattooed My Friend’s Name On My Head…And Then We Broke Up


Erin B. Kelly and I hit it off right away because we both liked writing and smoking and boys. She had a sharp tongue. I was…