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 ...

#100DaysofGood: Day 95 – Seatbelts!

Okay. So, there’s this scene in 100 DAYS, toward the end, where Agnes refuses to wear a seat belt because she insists on sitting between Boone and Moira as they all drive in Boone’s old truck – which only has seat belts on the driver and passenger sides, not in the center of the seat. ...

#100DaysofGood: Days 92, 93 & 94

For anyone who’s interested in checking out older posts as we’re nearing the end of #100DaysofGood, the best place to do this is via my Instagram feed. Days 92-94 celebrated the American Library Association’s Libraries Transform initiative, creative writing nonprofits for young people, and Cooking Matters, a nonprofit dedicated to helping low-income families prepare and ...

#100DaysofGood: Days 90 & 91

Okay, folks. We’re getting down to the final countdown now (cue cheesy 80′s hair band music)… So, here we go: Day 90 celebrated art nonprofits like Rede Nami in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, which empowers victims of domestic violence through street art. Today, Day 91 celebrates nonprofits like Denver-based CityWILD.org, which provides outdoor programs for ...