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.
I’m so pleased to announce that I’ve been invited to join the talented group of MG authors who blog at From the Mixed-Up Files of…Middle-Grade Authors. Not only do they pay regular homage to one of my all-time favorite children’s books, but they’re a fantastic community of folks who are just as passionate about middle-grade as I am. My first post comes out in mid-December, so watch this space!
I’m so pleased, amazed, and proud to announce that my middle-grade novel Finding Gib was chosen as one of the forty finalists in #PitchSlam, an agent-pitching contest that took place this month. Take a look at my #PitchSlam entry or those of my wonderful Crimson Ink teammates. Thank you so much to the organizers of this amazing contest and to the slush readers whose feedback was so, so helpful!