My thanks to everyone for celebrating RETURN TO ME at the book launch party on Sunday at the University Bookstore. There, for two hours, we celebrated the transformation of dust to stardust in stories and lives. After laboring over RETURN TO ME for the better part of two years, it was utterly surreal to see … Read More
My New Year’s resolution is to P-L-A-Y more. So what better way to start 2011 with a brainstorm play session at Barrio? While my writing buddy, Janet Lee Carey, talked about her work-in-progress, DRAGONSWOOD, I bemoaned my own, RETURN TO ME. We solved at least 3 plot problems this night.
Why, oh why, does my voice go all squeaky when I meet my rock star heroes of authors? All I can say is that SCBWI Washington can put on a fantastic conference, gathering together some of the very best of our industry! My head is still whirling with everybody I met and everything I learned. … Read More
Check out what two of my critique group partners have to say about True Beauty: Janet Carey and Molly Blaisdell. I love these women. I love what they have to say. Pull your video essay together for the Find Beauty Challenge. Your 90 seconds can change a kid’s life! I’m donating $10 (up to $1,000) … Read More
Mitali Perkins–author, blogger, readergirlz scout, and all-around wondrous woman–swung through Seattle on her book tour for SECRET KEEPER. She wasn’t able to make it to our photo shoot for the readergirlz READ poster masterminded by YA librarian Darcy Brixey of KCLS. So we made up for it this weekend. Kicking off The Day of Mitali, … Read More
Home again! Home again! Jiggity Jig! And trust me, I’ve been doing a little jig since stepping off the airplane on Friday morning. There, meeting me at the airport, were a few of the readergirlz divas: Lorie Ann Grover, Holly Cupala, and Janet Lee Carey. I was so touched! And felt so loved!!! And my … Read More
Here I am, on the eve of leaving America to move to China for our year abroad. It’s been a lovely whirlwind of family and friends that’s often felt like my own Olympic of goodbyes. My emotions by Wordle: The week started with a last goodbye with the readergirlz divas where we toasted each other … Read More
When I wrote the Mama Lecture Series in Nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies), I never really thought I’d be scripting my own lectures. But here I am, telling (lecturing) my kids that nothing really matters in life except for friends and family. (This, I’m sure, will come back to haunt me … Read More