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...]

Beckoning All Good Things

Some days are like that. You swing from one emotion to the next. And then you stop and take stock and realize there are lessons to be learned. Last Saturday was one of those. It was Indie Bookstore Day, and I was fortunate to be a guest bookseller for a few hours at my favorite indie, Country Bookshelf in Bozeman. It's a job I love - picking out the right book and putting it into the hands … [Read more...]