Launch party for Step Right Up was a blast!

It’s a bit like planning a wedding, really. Months or years of anticipation come together in dramatic fashion. And so it was on October 23, 2016 as friends and family, and fans of Doc and Jim celebrated at Austin’s Book People. I was/am honored by the standing-room-only crowd, and by those who attended the private… Read more »

Launching Step Right Up with a Charitable Outreach

Launch celebration for Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness Sunday, October 23, 2016 3pm. Book People—603 N. Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX   In two days—October 15, 2016—Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness officially releases. While I celebrate the culmination of this… Read more »

It’s here! My first hardcover author copy of STEP RIGHT UP

Please join me for the official book launch party: Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 3pm. Book People, Austin. In 2007, I had a first draft of this story. Today, the first hardcover author copy, along with a few f&gs arrived! But nobody was home to whoop and holler with me. So… I gingerly pulled my book… Read more »

A Kirkus Star for STEP RIGHT UP

On the last day of my VCFA summer residency, which was the first day of my final semester, I received a joyous surprise. Kirkus posted a starred review of STEP RIGHT UP: HOW DOC AND JIM TAUGHT THE WORLD ABOUT KINDNESS. A star! Imagine that! Here’s how the review closes: “An incredible story that ought… Read more »

Step Away from that Keyboard!

Step Away from that Keyboard! I had the pleasure of participating on two panels at this past weekend’s Austin SCBWI conference, where we were asked for advice for writers. Very wise tips were shared: Read a lot, write a lot, find critique partners, attend conferences and workshops, be willing to revise, etc. While the mic slowly… Read more »

STEP RIGHT UP has been named a Junior Library Guild Selection!

SRU went to print recently. Very recently! Behind the scenes at Lee and Low Books, pdfs and pre-f&gs were sent to select reviewers, then WHAM! An email arrived, letting us know that Step Right Up has been named a fall 2016 Junior Library Guild selection. I had to read the email multiple times. What an… Read more »

STEP RIGHT UP has a cover and a release date

Welcome to my newly revamped website. Big thanks to web design guru Erik Niels at Squarebear Studio. STEP RIGHT UP: HOW DOC AND JIM KEY TAUGHT THE WORLD ABOUT KINDNESS will release in October, 2016. It’s available now for pre-order from book sellers. I. Can’t. Wait! I have seen a pdf of the entire book… Read more »

NEW SALE! King of the Tighrope: When the Great Blondin Ruled Niagara

The announcement made by my agent Erin Murphy, of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency. I am so honored that illustrator Adam Gustavson will be working his artistic magic to bring this story to visual life. The announcement made through Publisher’s Weekly. Kids books ROCK!

2015 SCBWI Book Launch Award

I had the loveliest weekend after receiving a Friday afternoon call from SCBWI National. Out of the giant pool of applicants, consisting of mega-talented authors I admire, I won the 2015 Book Launch Award with STEP RIGHT UP: HOW DOC AND JIM TAUGHT THE WORLD ABOUT KINDNESS, forthcoming from Lee and Low in 2016.  Wowzer! I am… Read more »