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 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 »

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 »

Letting Go: A Cautionary Tale for Control Freaks

originally posted on the Emu’s Debuts blog.  I’m reflecting on the surprising angst that followed my book contract. The angst of letting go. See, I love the inventive stage of writing. Don’t get me wrong, writing is damn hard. But, I love that evolving sense of possibility when worlds and characters spin out of thin… Read more »