Finding My Tribe
Writing

Finding My Tribe

I’ve attended five writers’ conferences in my relatively short writing career. My first, the 2010 Willamette Writers Conference, was a great learning experience. I attended three days of wall-to-wall workshops, and came home filled with ideas and inspiration. My second, the 2012 WWC, was all about pitching. I pitched four agents and two editors, and … Continue reading

Introducing Adventure Anna!
Fiction

Introducing Adventure Anna!

Meet Adventure Anna, a seven-year-old girl who’s a cross between Indiana Jones and Junie B. Jones. It’s the third week of second grade, and Anna is the new kid in school. She has no friends, but she’s already found an enemy who constantly teases her in front of their snickering classmates. If only everyone could see the amazing things … Continue reading

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

Eight Terrible Titles
Writing

Eight Terrible Titles

There’s a fun hashtag going around Twitter called #8TerribleTitles. It’s an invitation to an ongoing blog hop where writers take eight random phrases from their manuscript and turn them into terrible titles for hypothetical books. My colleague Kiersi Burkhart and her fellow Sweet Sixteens writers jumped into the fun last week and now I’m crashing … 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