On procrastination (or “There’s always tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow…”)

On procrastination (or
(Does anyone else remember those old Control Data Institute commercials, or was this just a regional California thing that other 80’s kids have blocked from their minds completely?) So, it seems like I’ve been talking to tons of writers lately about procrastination and the struggle to finish projects, especially longer ones like novels, screenplays, and ...

Chop wood, carry water, tippy-tap on the keyboard

Chop wood, carry water, tippy-tap on the keyboard
Storm’s rolling in. Last night I was out mucking stalls, changing the horses’ bedding, and making sure they had enough water. This morning I carried armload after armload of firewood into the house (yes, we have central heat, but who doesn’t love a roaring fire in the middle of a snowstorm?). Later today I’ll probably ...

Writing the book you want to read

Writing the book you want to read
I don’t remember who first told me, “Write the book you want to read,” but it’s great advice. Unfortunately, writing the book that calls to us isn’t always easy. It takes confidence, groundedness, and a certain inner push. Maybe this is because writers who desire publication are so often told to “write for the market.” ...

The wonders of a one-day workshop <3

The wonders of a one-day workshop <3
I had SUCH a great time this weekend giving a writing workshop hosted the Las Vegas-Clark County Library system. A wonderful bunch of folks prepared flyers, posters and other promotional material (well, they’re library people, so I suppose it goes without saying that they’re wonderful). A great bunch of writers showed up, too, despite the ...

100 DAYS featured by International Literacy Association

100 DAYS featured by International Literacy Association
It’s such an honor to see 100 DAYS included in ILA’s  list of utterly heartwarming books for kids of all ages. I especially love this quote from the article: “But perhaps the best starting place for finding love is inside ourselves, where that feeling is sure to be noticeable and have a ripple effect in the ...

#100DaysofGood: Day 100, the Finale!!!!!

Well, here I am at the end of the #100DaysofGood campaign. Today, for Day 100, I celebrate all of YOU who have followed this campaign, liked the photos on IG, left comments, posted ARC reviews, etc. With my contemporary YA novel, 100 DAYS, set to release tomorrow (August 23), I find myself super excited to ...

#100DaysofGood: Day 99 – National Senior Citizens Day!

Senior citizen characters are some of my favorites to write. That was no less true in 100 DAYS when it came to a character named Kitty who befriends Agnes when the latter visits a senior center for her medical check-ups. Since today is National Senior Citizens Day, a day for honoring our elderly population, I’m ...

#100DaysofGood: Day 98 – Progeria Research Foundation

A rare medical condition called progeria – which causes rapid aging in young people –  is at the heart of my book 100 DAYS, out next week from FSG/Macmillan. Don’t know much about progeria? You’re not alone, but that’s where Progeria Research Foundation (PRF) comes in. They’re a dedicated group of people whose mission is ...

#100DaysofGood: Day 97 – United Through Reading

It’s getting so close to the end of the #100DaysofGood campaign, and I can hardly believe 100 DAYS will finally be hitting shelves next Tuesday 8/23!! Speaking of bookish things that bring me joy, today’s focus is on an incredibly special, book-related nonprofit called United Through Reading. Definitely click on the link, but here’s what ...

#100DaysofGood: Day 96 – National Thrift Shop Day

In my book 100 DAYS (out next week from FSG/Macmillan!), Moira loves thrift store shopping. She uses her sewing talents to alter and customize the cool, edgy clothes she finds on the cheap, thus developing her own signature look. Today being National Thrift Shop Day, I’m celebrating cool thrift stores like Goodwill and The Salvation ...