This month, I blogged over at From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors about what Hamilton taught me about story. Part fan-girl tribute, part analysis of what makes Hamilton so compelling, this post is worth a read even if you aren’t obsessed with Hamilton.
At the very end of September, I got the email I’d been dreaming of since I first started querying in July of 2014. The next day, I had The Call. In October, I signed with Jennie Dunham of Dunham Lit and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Read all about The Call on The Winged Pen as I talk with my pal Kristi Wientge about all the juicy details.
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.