Sneak Peek
Fiction

Sneak Peek

In a few days, I’ll be revealing my in-progress chapter book series to the world. In the meantime, consider this photo as a teaser. This jacket, combined with an iconic hat we bought last October, gives the protagonist her distinctive and immediately recognizable “look.” Like Anna, she’s a young girl (seven in the first book) and … Continue reading

Latest Purchase
Writing

Latest Purchase

Publishers description (via Writer’s Digest Shop). “Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market is an invaluable resource for any aspiring writer hoping to get published. It helped me a lot and I recommend it to everyone.” -James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials. Take the guessing work out of publishing and send your … Continue reading

Wild Within
Reviews

Wild Within

Note: I know the author personally and consider her a mentor, a colleague, and a friend. I also think she is a brilliant writer who combines a delightfully deprecating wit with an understanding of deep, lasting heartbreak.  The former has no bearing on my review. The latter most certainly—and rightfully—does. “If I wanted to hear … Continue reading

Refocusing
Writing

Refocusing

Vacation time is over and work time has begun. I have set my goals and started my new projects. And the next question this—what about blogging? Well, Fatherhood Etc. is plugging along quite nicely with 600 posts written since December 2010. I’m writing about four posts a week on average and I’m slowly building an audience as well as a … Continue reading

Reoriented
Reviews

Reoriented

In Tyler Francke’s debut novel, Reoriented, we meet D.J. Martinez on the worst night of his life. Standing on a chair with a rope around his neck, his first semester as an openly gay student in a conservative Christian college is about to end in suicide. But a simple question makes him pause—”Had he left … Continue reading