A Fun and Informative Writing Conference in Montana!

You're invited to come to Montana for our Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators "Writing Forward Progress" Conference on October 13 - 15 in Billings, Montana! It's a beautiful time of year here in the mountains - October is my favorite month. Billings is a short drive away from Yellowstone Park, and the airport has great connections from everywhere. You won't want to miss this … [Read more...]

How To Aid Hurricane Harvey Folks

The amazing Kate Messner has once again launched KidLitCares, in order to benefit those who have suffered through Hurricane Harvey along the Gulf Coast. A huge number of authors and illustrators and their agents and editors  - almost 200 total! - have offered services to those who make a tax-deductible donation to the American Red Cross. [Edited to add - you can choose to donate to the … [Read more...]

Exposing My Heart

After publishing five books with varying but largely good success I'm under contract for my sixth, my fifth novel. This is an enviable position to be in, but for the first time I'm struggling through the edits, trying to get it right. This is a book that began life several years back (and actually the seeds were planted when I was in my MFA program, back in 2009). Every attack I've made on the … [Read more...]

A New GET ORGANIZED Edition!

My very first published book, GET ORGANIZED WITHOUT LOSING IT, came out from Free Spirit Publishing in 2006. Happily, this little study skills and organization tool for middle graders has done extremely well, with more than 60,000 copies in print and editions in seven languages. Free Spirit felt it was time to update the book with some new material and new illustrations. So - ta-da! - here … [Read more...]