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#HomeToMe – Winner!

The #HomeToMe Middle Grade Mega Classroom Giveaway is over, and it has been AMAZING! If you didn’t hear about it, the giveaway included 16 middle-grade authors giving away a signed copy of their book as well as a Skype visit. To enter, participants had to share on Twitter or Instagram what home means to them,…
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What is #HomeToMe — a Giveaway

  This month, I’m participating in a wonderful giveaway geared around the idea of home. The #HomeToMe Middle Grade Mega Classroom Giveaway features 16 books that all explore home in different ways, including my book, THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST. Home is one of the central themes of my book. In fact, getting…
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I’m Going to the Texas Book Festival!!

It’s official! I’m a featured author at the 2018 Texas Book Festival, and I can’t be more honored and excited. I’ve been going to the Texas Book Festival for years, getting inspired as I listen to authors talking about their craft and books. It’s hard to believe that this year, I’ll be one of them,…
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A Busy Bookish Los Angeles Trip

Right after my book launch celebration for THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, I headed to Los Angeles for the annual Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Summer Conference and a bunch of other bookish activities. I’ve been attending the SCBWI LA conference for the past five years as the Regional Advisor of…
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It Was a Beastly Book Launch

July 28 was a humbling day.¬†Austin’s wonderful indie bookstore BookPeople graciously hosted my launch celebration for THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST and it was AMAZING! I was so excited that my parents, aunt, childhood friend and goddaughter flew in to join my husband and I, making the party a week of fun. We…
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ALA 2018 and Launch Day!

What a week this has been. I spent last weekend meeting booksellers and librarians from all over the U.S., who had joined together in New Orleans to attend the American Library Association’s Annual convention. I’ve been going to the Texas Library Association convention for years and am always amazed at how huge it is. But…
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Release Day! THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST is Out

IT’S RELEASE DAY for my debut novel, THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST!!! The story I started writing in 2010 was published by Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster today, and I can’t be more excited. This story about a boy stuffed full of fear has a journey very close to the Boy himself. I…
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1 Days to Release: Writing Advice That Helped Most

I can’t believe that I’m 1 day away from my debut novel, THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, being on shelves in libraries and bookstores around the world! And that means that for #18DaystoMGDebut, I’m revealing the writing advice that helped me the most, which, funnily enough, is to BELIEVE. THE BOY, THE BOAT,…
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2 Days to Release: Theme the Book Explores

We’re only 2 days away from THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST being on shelves! And for #18DaystoMGDebut that means I’m talking about the theme the book explores. This book started with an idea of what would happen if a boy woke up on a beach with no memory of how he got there…
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3 Days to Release: Object That’s Significant to the Story

Since the boy in THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST wakes up alone on a mysterious beach in the book, he doesn’t have much with him, just his clothes and a piece of fabric in his pocket. He does, however, find something early on that becomes a source of comfort, and that’s the object…
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