News on Middle Grade novel- Chatelaine: The Thirteenth Charm

I have some new exciting news... Kendra Levin of Viking has acquired my first middle grade, CHATELAINE: THE THIRTEENTH CHARM in a pre-empt. It's slated for a winter 2016 release. I can't wait to share Kat's story with you. Here's a synopsis: CHATELAINE is a middle-grade novel set in a rundown Scottish castle during WWII. The lady of the manor has set it up as a temporary boarding school … [Read more...]

Country Bookshelf Reader: Bozeman Writers

I'm pleased that my contemporary young adult short story Jewels, set in New York City, is included in this anthology of work by Bozeman-area authors. The anthology, published by Bangtail Press, is available exclusively at Country Bookshelf in Bozeman, Montana. Here's an excerpt from Jewels: Wren pulls on a knee-high and slips her right foot into the shoe. The leather glows; her foot is … [Read more...]

A Plot Paradigm Compilation

I have always had trouble with plotting, so I’m a big fan of collecting working solutions to planning the plot. Today I’m posting the latest in my personal collection of plot diagrams, something I’ve put together based on the best plot diagrams I’ve found and used. Here is my plot paradigm with some explanation… (You can download this image as a pdf file.) The black line at the top is, … [Read more...]

Hot Tips to Get Organized

Getting organized doesn’t have to be hard. It can even be fun – fun to see the mess disappear! And it’s easier to manage schoolwork when you’re organized. That means more free time and better grades. Wow! How cool is that? Start with “stuff”. Things like old homework papers are easy to sort if you use the “touch it once” rule. As you sort out your papers, decide whether each paper is a … [Read more...]