RETURN TO ME: Book Party Photo Essay

January 29, 2013By justinaDia Calhoun, Janet Lee Carey, Justina Chen, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Lorie Ann Grover, Return to Me, Therese Plummer, University Bookstore 4 Comments

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

Brainstorming at Barrio

January 25, 2011By justinaJanet Lee Carey, Return to Me 1 Comment

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.

Celebrating Mitali & Secret Keeper!

January 19, 2009By justinaBarnes and Noble, Brenda Gurung, Jackie Parker, Janet Lee Carey, Mitali Perkins, Mitali's Fire Escape, Noble, Secret Keeper 5 Comments

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

Parting Thoughts

August 17, 2008By justinaButton Arcade, Dia Calhoun, Girl Overboard, Janet Lee Carey, Janet Wong, Lorie Ann Grover, Moms Rising, National Bone Marrow Registry, Puget Sound Blood Center, readergirlz 3 Comments

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

Charmed, I’m Sure!

August 9, 2008By justinaDia Calhoun, geocaching, Holly Cupala, Interactive Reader, Janet Lee Carey, Lorie Ann Grover, Nancy Pearl, North of Beautiful, readergirlz, Sara Easterly, StrataGem No Comments

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