Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

Library Visit and Festival Fun!

Howdy, writer and reader friends! I hope your fall is going as gangbusters as mine. I’m writing so fast and so long my fingers ache by 5 pm, and I wake up and race for the keyboard… it’s definitely my … Continue reading

Houston Writers House: Day of Workshops!

Howdy, friends! If you happen to live near Houston or if you’ve been looking for a great excuse to visit the big city, I’ve got you covered. On Saturday, November 12, I’ll be teaching a whole DAY of writing workshops … Continue reading

Trick or Reaters: A Little Sweet and Sinister Today!

Oh, what a frightfully fun day! I’m delighted to share a website just in time for Halloween that I think all my librarian, parent, teacher, and young reader friends will love! Go ring the virtual doorbell at the new Trick … Continue reading

The Great Read For Texas: Crazy Hair Video + Wish Girl Giveaway!

Well, hello friends! I am full of excitement because the National Book Festival is just around the corner. This means that the extremely lovely folks from the Texas Center for the Book will be giving out copies of my book, … Continue reading

That Time I Forgot to Blog About My Big News

Hi, friends! I was going through my blog today, cleaning up pages, adding things – awards! audio clips! exclamation points!!! – and I realized I totally forgot to share some really, really big news here. A couple of posts ago, … Continue reading

Mark of the Conifer: Author/Illustrator Interview with Dinosaur Art!

Years ago, when I came to one of my very first SCBWI meetings in Austin (long before I had a finished book), I met a group of talented writers, some of whom became critique buddies and friends. One of those … Continue reading

Power to Change Lives: Letters About Literature Contest

When I was a kid, I loved books more than almost anything. They filled my waking moments, and shaped the person I was to become. I read constantly, obsessively, so much so that when I got in trouble, I was … Continue reading

The Changelings: Guest Blog w/ Christina Soontornvat + Giveaway!

  I am utterly delighted to welcome to my blog today my friend, fellow Texas Sweetheart, and debut Middle Grade author, Christina Soontornvat. I had the great pleasure of reading her novel, The Changelings, long before the incredibly clever folks … Continue reading

Wish Girl Reading on TeachingBooks (& How I Got My Nickname)

Happy August, friends! I’m a Texas girl, so I AM happy. I love the heat – even in August. 100+ degrees? I’m cool with that. (Especially since Central Texas has some of the best watering holes around – close enough … Continue reading

What I’m Reading Now: Joyfully Dismantling the TBR Tower

I’ve been reading through my TBR pile. Well, “pile” isn’t really apt. It’s shelves upon shelves of books I have purchased or been given, every one of which I have been told by people I know and trust is a … Continue reading