Category: Events

Celebrity Meetings and Thanks to the Austin Public Library

I feel like I leveled up as an author recently. I got interviewed by a puppet! None other than Van of Austin Public Library’s The Van Show. I chatted with Van at the Texas Library Association convention in April about books, THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, and zombie ants. So fun! The video…
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Tough Issues, Deep Impact at TLA

One of the highlights of this year’s Texas Library Association conference for me was my panel on Tough Issues – Deep Impact: How Middle Grade Books Can Inspire Empathy and Empower Young Readers. The topic is important to me, but the reason why this panel was a highlight is that the issue came up time…
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Going Local with Authors at TLA

The Texas Library Association convention was in my home town of Austin this year, and I was absolutely thrilled to attend as a speaker — and published author for the first time — speaking on topics that are dear to my heart: local authors and tough issues. Last year, I was on a panel for…
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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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