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 […]

Worst Blog Updater Ever

17 Jan

I’m the worst blog updater ever. I know. Sorry. But I do have some good excuses for not posting here since September:   I’m *almost* finished with a draft of a new novel. (By *almost* I mean “just about”. Honestly. . .)   I’ve eaten all the chocolate chips. (Maybe not all the chocolate chips […]

WPA SCBWI Fall Conference

21 Sep

Mark you calendars! Book a babysitter! Hoard some chocolate! Whatever you need to do to get ready for the WPA SCBWI Fall Conference, do it! What? WPA SCBWI Fall Conference Where? Doubletree Hotel in Greentree, PA When? Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9, 2013 I’ll be running a workshop (hooray!), and guess what? We have an […]

John David Anderson’s SIDEKICKED – Better (Way Better!) Than an Obstacle Thingie

10 Jul

When I first saw the obstacle thingie at the pool, I thought: It can’t be that tricky.   My boys cheered: “Do it, Mom! Pleeeease!”     I grabbed hold of the rope ladder, imagining I was on American Ninja Warrior. I was doing  kind of okay – about half way across – when my husband, […]

The Next Big Thing Blog Tour

24 Jun

The Next Big Thing is a global blog tour to showcase authors and illustrators and their current work. I was tagged by the dazzling Jessica Young. I’ll answer the interview questions as they relate to my first under contract “Big Thing”. 1. What is the working title of your next book? YOU’RE MY BOO 2. […]

MY BLUE IS HAPPY by Jessica Young

13 Jun

I am super-excited to share the big, fat news that you can pre-order Jessica Young’s MY BLUE IS HAPPY. (I love Jess and her writing, and I am completely confident that you will, too.)   Follow one girl’s journey through her neighborhood as she explores what colors mean to different people. ls red angry, like a dragon’s burning breath? […]