A couple of years ago, I wrote a spooky Halloween children’s story for my daughter and her friends as part of a Halloween slumber party. Now, I’m pleased to announce that it appears in the July 2016 issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk on Smashwords. It’s a fun little lower-middle grade adventure about girls who wake up in a land made of candy and have to battle evil Lord Licorice and foil his plans to build a licorice army. Check it out!
This week, I blogged over at From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle-Grade Authors about some of the fabulous middle grade books I read over the holiday. I didn’t mention all the great YA I read, but let it be known that I visited with both Grisha and Raven Boys over the two week break as well. This week it’s back to work, but I miss my cozy reading holiday!
As the amazing Elissa Cruz moves on to new adventures, four contributors to From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle-Grade Authors have stepped up to fill her big beautiful shoes and lead the blog. I’m pleased to announce that I am one of those four. I’m both honored to take on a bigger role and excited to do even more to spread the word about middle-grade books and readers.
This month, my middle-grade fantasy, QUEST FOR THE KALEVALA, was chosen by middle-grade author Juliana Brandt for Pitch Wars. What does this mean? For the next two months, Juliana and I will work together on revisions so that I can present my work to a panel of all-star agents in November. I’m thrilled, honored, excited, and rolling up my sleeves, ready to get to work!
I am beyond excited to finally announce a little project I’ve been working on with the amazing Valerie Stein and Mark Holtzen: Gather Here, Pacific Northwest History for Young People. We hope to support efforts in the education system to bring more local history into the classroom by telling stories aimed at a third to fifth grade audience. What better way to learn about my new home than through researching local history.
This week, I’m blogging over at From the Mixed-Up Files about helping my ten-year-old son try out some adult books clean enough to be age-appropriate but exciting enough to keep his interest.
Our SCBWI Annual Conference took place over this past weekend right here in Redmond. It was a weekend of inspiration and community. The Chinook Update blog has a great recap of the conference. Once again, I am so thankful to be a part of the amazing writing community here in Western Washington. As much as I loved our time in Finland, living in a place where I can meet face-to-face with writers on a regular basis is amazing.
I’m thrilled that my middle-grade fantasy, QUEST FOR THE KALEVALA, was selected to participate in April’s #PitchSlam contest. In addition to the outpouring of support from the writing community, I got expert feedback on my first page. Thanks to that feedback and yet another round of revision, the critical first page of my story has the high polish it needs.
Thank you to everyone who made this contest possible! Your dedication to paying it back to the writing community is much appreciated!
One of the great things about our recent repatriation is the wealth of conferences, festivals, and other book- and writing-related events available in the Western Washington region. So I was thrilled to attend Western Washington University’s 2015 Children’s Literature Festival in Bellingham, Washington in February.
I shared some moments of inspiration in my Love-Letter to Children’s Books over on From the Mixed-Up Files.