Page Through The Parks: Grand Canyon!

I couldn't be more excited about our August "Page Through The Parks" plans! We now have a Facebook page, so please follow along for live updates. It's fitting that we're beginning our tour in the Grand Canyon, one of the most majestic places on Earth! But before I begin, please make sure you read to the bottom. Giveaways!! If you are a reader, each of us is giving away books on Goodreads. And … [Read more...]

Getting To The Story Heart

Today, a blog post for writers: getting to the emotional heart of your writing. This is one exercise in a series of exercises I've got planned for my talk at our Montana spring SCBWI retreat in two weeks. Readers want stories that touch them in a deep way. They want stories that resonate long after the reading is finished. To write such a story you must be willing to push outside your comfort … [Read more...]

Holiday Break

For the next two weeks, I'll be taking a holiday break, and I hope you will, too. But before I go... If you haven't pre-ordered The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle, there's still time to get a signed copy and "charming" gift, if you go here. The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle is garnering raves, including a Kirkus starred review: “Witchy magic, Nazi menace, and clockwork all … [Read more...]

Setting Writerly Goals

Yes, I know. It's summer. You are lounging on a beach, or hiking in the mountains, or fishing a great creek, or...or...anything except writing. Goals are not on your mind. I'm not here to jerk you away from a much-needed rest! I'm just here to inspire you so that when September rolls around (and it will) you'll be ready to tackle those dormant writing plans. Here are a few exercises that … [Read more...]