Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

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

Keeping Good Company: 2016 WLT Awards

Happy summer to you, friends! I’ve been mostly AWOL here, because I’ve been vacationing (yes, living Real Life! In Santa Fe and other lovely places) and finishing a draft of what I hope will be my next novel. Which means … Continue reading

Local Young Writers: Free Workshops coming NOW!

Hi, y’all! I know writers and readers from all over check in here from time to time, but this post is particularly for my local Central Texas writers. I am teaching three FREE writing workshops in the next few weeks, … Continue reading

How Can I Thank You, Dear Author? Here’s How!

As an author, I am frequently asked to contribute copies of my books to charity events, or schools in need, or to Skype to a class or book club, etc. I am totally delighted to do such things when I … Continue reading

The Spirit of Texas List: A Texas-Sized Bundle of Cool Stuff!

I was super excited and humbled to be invited to participate in TLA’s Spirit of Texas Middle School list this year. Texas librarians know how to make an author feel loved – and this list makes it clear that teachers … Continue reading

So Much Sunshine! Florida, China, and Rainbows in Texas

I am delighted to announce that my book was selected for the Florida Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award for 6-8 graders! They made a very cool video, too. With music! And fancy graphics! If you watched the video, you discovered … Continue reading

Texas Sweethearts at TxLA 2016!

The week all the Texas librarians and ALL the Texas authors look forward to is almost here! The annual Texas Library Association Conference starts next week in Houston. I’ll be there on Wednesday, April 20, signing books at the Overlooked … Continue reading