Lindsey Lane’s Debut THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN

Okay kids, this novel is an incredible read - moving, mysterious, and deeply engaging. It is not for the faint of heart, nor for the easy-reader; it's a novel for those who love to think and be prodded out of their comfort zone. I devoured it in a single day. Lindsey Lane's debut YA THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN (out now from Farrar, Straus, Giroux) is a not-put-down story of the disappearance … [Read more...]

Coming March 2016 From Viking…

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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...]

Announcing: E-Book Launch of FORGIVEN

I'm pleased to announce that my second novel and the companion to FAITHFUL, FORGIVEN, is now available as an e-book on Amazon Kindle for $2.99. If you haven't read FORGIVEN - and I hope you'll give it a try! - here's the synopsis: Kula Baker never expected to find herself on the streets of San Francisco in 1906. The daughter of an outlaw, Kula is soon swept up in a world of art and intrigue … [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...]

On Being A Writer

ON BEING A WRITER Writing is my passion, and if you share it, then I think you are truly blessed! Here are some thoughts I have about being a writer: Noted children’s author Jane Yolen has a slogan for writers: BIC. It stands for “butt in chair”, and it helps to remind me that I need to write in order to be a writer. Even when white paper stares me in the face, I must start somewhere, with … [Read more...]

Hot Spot!

This article first appeared in Highlights for Children, May, 2006 “Here it comes!” my son Kevin shouted. We felt a rumble beneath our feet. We heard a noise like a roaring train. Boiling water shot out of the ground and blew high into the air. We were watching a geyser in Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone covers a big part of Wyoming, plus parts of Montana and Idaho. Geysers, hot … [Read more...]

Why Dragons Don’t Have Handkerchiefs

This children's short story first appeared in Spider Magazine, September, 2003 Dudley Dragon came home from school one afternoon and said, “Mom, my throat hurts.” “Have you been eating ice cream again?” asked his mom. “You know what that does to you.” “No,” said Dudley Dragon. “See?” And he blew a flame just to show her his fire hadn’t gone out. “Hmm,” said his mom. “All the same, your … [Read more...]