Archive for the ‘Children’s Fiction’ Category

Failure and Success: Dancing With the Beautiful One

On the inside door of my writing desk, I have an assortment of pictures, drawings, lists, and poetry. Each item taped on the door, as well as those items in the cabinets by my head, has a special meaning. But … Continue reading

Books and People I Love: AWP15 & TLA Conference Pics

Howdy, friends! The past few weeks have been amazing. Nightingale’s Nest won the Texas Institute of Letters award (I already bookmarked the award money for new bookshelves, yippee!), I went to the huge AWP conference in Minneapolis to serve on … Continue reading

Nightingale’s Nest and the Texas Institute of Letters!

I am back from a whirlwind week at the huge AWP conference in Minneapolis (It rained! It snowed! I made an idiot of myself over several famous authors!), and I’ll post a bit more about that later… but yesterday was … Continue reading

Guest Blog Post: Kirby Larson’s Friend Friday!

One of my favorite things about being an author is the chance to meet (even if it’s only online) some of the world’s nicest, smartest, and most generous writers. Today, I have the great pleasure to be the guest post-er … Continue reading

An Unforgettable YA Writing Residency: Nova Ren Suma at the Writing Barn this Fall

Hi, writer friends! I am delighted to announce that the lovely Lynne Kelly and I will be guest teaching authors at a week-long writing residency program this fall at The Writing Barn in Austin, Texas. And Nova Ren Suma, who … Continue reading

Best of Books in Edmond: Signing, Snakes, Superstar Librarians and a Reader I’ll Never Forget

Wow! I’m just getting caught up on my blog posts about last week’s Oklahoma wonderment! I have to admit, I have more fun in Oklahoma than anywhere else these days. Possibly because the librarians are so passionate and engaged with … Continue reading

Wish Girl in the NYT Review of Books!

Wow. Well, I was trying to get some pics put together to show of my amazing week in Oklahoma… but then this happened, so that other post will have to wait. Wish Girl is in the New York Times Review … Continue reading

More Oklahoma, Best of Books Signing, and How to Win a Wish Girl!

Howdy, y’all! I’m off to Oklahoma (Moore this time!) in a few days, to visit some wonderful schools and… I’m doing a signing/reading/fire-juggling thing at Best of Books in Edmond, OK on Wednesday, March 11. So, if you live in … Continue reading

A Wish Come True: Wish Girl Reviews, Launch Party Pics, and More!

WOW! This weekend was a whirlwind of friends, family, readers, librarians, and teachers braving the icy roads and rain to welcome Wish Girl, and my friend Jo Whittemore’s new book Colonial Madness, into the world! It was wonderful, and you … Continue reading

Wish Girl Enters the World!

Oh, my. Today is the book birthday of my third book. This one is different in so many ways from my others, and the feelings I have today are much more nuanced than in years past. When my debut novel … Continue reading