My Picture Book, YOU’RE MY BOO, has a Cover!

9 Oct

I got to see the cover of my picture book, YOU’RE MY BOO, set to be published by Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster Summer 2016. My world stopped spinning. I had to remind myself to breathe. YOU’RE MY BOO’s illustrator, Lesley Breen Withrow, is my new superhero. “Dinner?” “No thanks. I’m looking at my cover.” […]

The Waiting and the Cookies

1 Sep

Waiting to hear news – any news at all – after submitting a manuscript is a special form of torture. Here’s what I’ve done so far today to distract myself from refreshing my email every 2 seconds: Took my puppy for a looooooong walk Ate a cookie Started reading Cynthia Lord’s fabulous middle grade novel, A […]

Okay, so while I wait. . .what should I do?

16 May

My friend and critique partner asked me this question after she submitted her requested material: Okay, so while I wait. . .what should I do? Writing is hard. HARD, I tell you. (It’s super-fun, too, but mostly it’s hard.) After working really, REALLY hard on a manuscript for days or months or years, you finally […]


28 Feb

  Celia Lee at Scholastic has acquired world rights to Kate Dopirak‘s (l.) Snuggle Bunny, illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld, a picture book about a young bunny who doesn’t want to get out of bed and soon finds himself with a lot of company. Publication is scheduled for 2017; Tracey Adams at Adams Literary represented the […]

Laurent Linn – WPA SCBWI Illustrators’ Day

21 Feb

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE AN ILLUSTRATOR TO ATTEND THIS FABULOUS EVENT! Registration is open! What: Illustrator’s Day (Create a mock project and spend a day with a featured art director) Where: Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport When: Saturday, April 11, 2015 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Featured Art Director: Laurent Linn (Simon & Schuster […]

Writing Tip from Puppy: Take a Break

22 Nov

I learn a lot from my puppy. One of the things she’s teaching me is to take breaks, and I think it helps my writing.  Frankie plays. She plays like it’s her job. Give her a wubba or a whiffle ball and watch out. Heaven help us if she gets her paws on a sock. She bolts […]

Writing Tip from Puppy: Pay Attention

15 Nov

I learn a lot from my puppy. One of the things she’s teaching me is to pay attention, and I think it’s improving my writing. When I walked my puppy the other day, she discovered a wiggly worm. She sniffed it and pawed it. She barked at it and got all wound up. She gave me […]

How to Raise Readers (or the importance of a veggie plate)

24 Jul

I told my friend that my son wants to use his First Communion money to buy the entire I SURVIVED set, a historical fiction series published by Scholastic. She looked shocked: “How do you make him read like that? My kids hate books. You’re SO lucky.” Maybe, but I think my boys – 6 and […]

Puppy Love

9 Jun

We got a baby girl boxer!           I assumed the boys would love her, and they do.           But she’s melting all of us.           I can’t imagine she won’t work her way into a new manuscript soon.    

Katerina’s Wish by Jeannie Mobley

8 Apr

I am reading Jeannie Mobley’s KATERINA’S WISH to my boys, who are six and eight.     The back of the book reads: What would I wish for, if I had a wish? I took a deep breath to quell the pang of homesickness in my heart, and I spoke. “I wish for a farm where […]