My soccer novel about an American girl playing on an Italian boys’ team in Italy was released as an e-book today. Since DEFENDING IRENE originally came out in 2004, a few sections will undoubtedly read more like historical fiction. But so many things hold up. Italian women and girls are making slow but serious headway … More Defending Irene was Released as an E-book Today
I’ll be leading a workshop at the Powell’s in Beaverton, Oregon at 2:00 PM on the relation of conflict and character to story.
I got the news that my young adult mystery SUSPECT was on the top of the Society of School Librarians International best books for language arts (grades 7-12) last fall, but the official link never popped up for me until last week. Now I’m honored to share it, especially since I’m in such good company.
I suspect that one of the reasons that I’ve written two cross-cultural books is that I like reading them. That’s why I’m excited about the launch of Natalie Dias Lorenzi’s Flying the Dragon. For a behind the scenes look at how this book came to be, you can visit Emu’s Debuts for the first installment. … More Flying the Dragon
I was so delighted to see that Casey McCormick and Natalie Aguirre received some well-deserved recognition for their fabulous blog, Literary Rambles. It made theWriter’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers in the May/June issue. They came in at #13 under “Everything Agents.” In addition to spot-lighting agents, they also profile writers. So this is … More Literary Rambles
I agreed to serve as one of Peter’s victims guests, so I’m his Wednesday interview. Peter’s debut novel, Henry Franks, is coming out this September from Flux. The description on the Flux website is only slightly different from the query letter that Peter used to get some book industry attention. He was kind enough to … More Guest Post on Peter Salomon’s Blog
Believe it or not, I’ve missed my little soapbox. Every once in a while I would find myself thinking that it would be nice to pull together a nice little rant on some topic or other. But then I’d think about my stack of undone student assignments. I know how hard it can be to … More Back to Blogging
My friend Jeanie Franz Ransom just received some eggs-citing news! Her picture book WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO HUMPTY just won the New Mexico Land of Enchantment Award for best picture book narrative. So right now her eggstremely funny book is sitting on a website just to the left of THE HUNGER GAMES. I’m proud to be an … More What Really Happened to Humpty? He won!!
It was such fun to see SAVING THE GRIFFIN turn up on a master list of fifty or so books for kids to read before and after Harry Potter. Susan Fichtelberg and Bonnie Kunzel pulled this list together for their June, 2011 ALA presentation. A quick cruise through Susan’s website, Encountering Enchantment, made it clear that she’s … More Before and After Harry Potter (Grades 3-5)
I was one of the writers who shared a few techniques in Sue Bradford Edwards article, “How to Avoid Parenting Your Characters.” It was the lead piece in the 11/1 WRITER’S DIGEST e-mail newsletter. Congratulations, Sue!