Archive for the ‘Children’s Fiction’ Category

An Early/Late Christmas Gift: Nightingale’s Nest ARC Giveaway!

In early December, I found out something rather remarkable, to me anyway. My next book, Nightingale’s Nest – you know that one I wrote a couple of years ago, and knew no one would publish (too quiet, too weird, too … Continue reading

November: School Visits, Keynote Coolness, Peruvian Stuff, & Goats

I’m sorry, dear blog readers. I have neglected you for an entire month! I had a lot going on this month, including company from overseas and cookie recipes to perfect for the Exquisite Long-Awaited Season of Baking that’s just ahead. … Continue reading

Famous Authors and Goats: October Shenanigans!

Howdy, friends! October was a fun month. It started off with a great local event, a winetasting fundraiser for the Dripping Springs Community Library. I emcee’d (a first time for everything!) for special guest, Texas-based singer-songwriter, editor, and author Kasey … Continue reading

Thoughts on the Texas Book Festival, Daydreaming, & Writerly Terror

The Texas Book Festival is upon us! Flee, flee! No, wait. Don’t flee.* Unless you’re running off to the official site to decide whether to see R. L Stine, Lemony Snicket, Sherman Alexie, Katherine Applegate, Anne Ursu, Claire Legrand… oh, … Continue reading

Author Visit Time: Happiness is Hico, Texas

So far in my writing career, I’ve discovered a lot of things about myself, my work, and my audience of middle grade readers. But this week, I discovered something about my home state. It all started when I was invited … Continue reading

My First Love Was a Tree: The Madeleine Project

Every once in a while, I get asked to do an interview, ostensibly so readers can learn more about me. And sometimes, when the questions are perfectly insightful and meaningful and wonderful… I learn more about myself in the process. … Continue reading

Raising Goats, Writing Novels: It’s Exactly The Same

There is a lot I do not know about taking care of goats. A LOT. As the new, confused owner of two Boer goats, I can say with confidence that I did not know goats needed quite so much care! … Continue reading

Writer Friends with Great Books: Lori Ann Stephens

Every once in a while, a friend of mine – either online or real life – sends me a manuscript to critique or a new book to read. I almost always find myself holding my breath as I open to … Continue reading

We Have A Winner! (And My Book Is One, Too!)

Okay, the names were printed out, cut up, thrown into a bowl, and my kid drew the winner of the Sara Squared Blog Tour… and it is Shelli! Congratulations, Shelli. You’re going to LOVE these books. I know I did! … Continue reading

Sara2 Blog Tour

I was delighted to be invited to be a part of the Sara2 Blog Tour – and even more delighted when I finished reading both of their amazing books. I may write exclusively MG, but I read YA all the … Continue reading