Category: Books

Beast Comes Out in 1 Month — and I Never Thought It Would

Saturday marked the one month pre-versary of the release of THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST and there are so many thoughts running through my head and emotions in my heart. I’ve loved stories since I was a kid. I was obsessed with spending as much time as possible at the library. No amount…
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Thank You Independent Bookstores

Last Saturday was National Independent Bookstore Day, and while I was busy with the Austin SCBWI 2018 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference all weekend, I didn’t want a week to go by without a celebration. Along with libraries, independent bookstores are the backbone of the publishing industry and the best friends of authors and readers.…
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What to Read While You Wait for The Boy, The Boat, and The Beast

THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST comes out in a little over two months and a friend was asking me recently what they should read while they waited, books that are similar in tone, feel and subject matter. My mind went blank for a few minutes — as it often does now while I…
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Animated Cover and a Giveaway!

Three months! THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST is coming out in only three short months! So, of course, that calls for a celebration and… a giveaway. To celebrate, I’m really excited to reveal the animated version of the cover for THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST! I was thrilled when I saw…
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2018 Will Be a Great Year For Books

What a year 2017 has been. At the end of January, I got two offers on my middle-grade novel THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST and now the book has a publisher, a cover (isn’t it pretty?!), a jacket, chapter illustrations, and it’ll be on shelves in six months from today! It feels like…
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My Book Has a New Name

I have a confession to make: I’m terrible at coming up with titles for my books. It’s true. One of the novella’s on my harddrive is called “Death Story”. (It’ll change before the book gets published.) The novel I’m working on now is called “Trees”. Very inventive. (Not really.) And the title for my book…
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10 Reasons to Read Banned Books

It’s Banned Books Week, and while it’s sad that we need a Banned Books Week, I’m so glad we have it. In case you’re new to Banned Books Week, it started in 1982 after the number of books being challenged in schools, bookstores and libraries swelled. Challenged books are ones that have received requests for…
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Lessons From C.S. Lewis and Tolkien’s Hobbit

I’ll never forget reading about how J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis sat around in a pub in England having heated discussions about the way books should be written. Oh how I wanted to be a fly on that wall! I can just imagine them, sitting in a dark corner, pints on the table in front…
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Read a Book Day! 10 Reasons Why You Should

Yes, today is National Read a Book Day. The special day and extra spotlight is always welcome, but personally, I think reading a book should be celebrated every day. Books are amazing things and reading them has even more amazing benefits. (I’m biased, of course, seeing as I write books, but before I was a…
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From Early Draft to Award Winner: Step Right Up

I heard the best news the other day, and now that it has officially been announced, I’m so excited to write about it here. My brilliant friend Donna Janell Bowman won the Writers’ League of Texas 2016 Book Award for picture books for her debut picture book biography STEP RIGHT UP: HOW DOC AND JIM…
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