Archive for the ‘People I Love’ Category

90-Second Newbery Film Festival in San Antonio: Call for Entries!

Hey, San Antonio area friends! Last year, along with hilarious author James Kennedy, I had the great pleasure of hosting the first ever 90-Second Newbery film festival for San Antonio. (It was terrifying – I didn’t realize when I agreed … Continue reading

Texas Book Festival 2016: A Shining Success!

The Big Event in Texas every fall for book lovers is the Texas Book Festival. This year, I had the great pleasure of presenting at the Texas State Library and Archive’s first ever Author Summit, a kick-off event for the … Continue reading

Schools, Libraries, and Festivals: The Most Wonderfully Busy Time of my Year

Last week, I was away from the page for a few days, teaching writing workshops and presenting at an amazing library and school on the Texas coast. I promised pictures from the visit to Galveston, but I was having so … Continue reading

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

Wish Girl in the World and Much More!

Happy day, reader friends! I hope your October is off to a great start. Can you believe it’s FALL already? Anyone out there besides me thinking about doing NaNoWriMo next month? (I’m planning to lie down and see if the … 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

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

Reader Letters: Answering a Few of the Trickier Questions

Hello, Writer and Reader Friends! I spent the last hour reading an incredible bundle of thank you letters from a class in Chicago I Skyped with a few weeks back. Their letters were wonderful to read, especially since the whole … Continue reading

Summer of Lost and Found: Interview & Giveaway!

One of the coolest things I get to do as an author is read other favorite authors’ books before anyone else. In the case of phenomenal MG author Rebecca Behrens, that means I was able to read her debut novel, … Continue reading

A Spring Full of School Visits and Conferences

Wow! There’s a lot going on this spring for me, so much that it’s hard to do it all, and find time to write all the books and keep the kids fed and alive… I’ve pretty much given up on … Continue reading