First Book Launch Event – a detailed glimpse

The launch event for The Turtle Ship took place at Books of Wonder in NYC on Sunday, June 24th! I’ve always wondered what it’s really like for an author to have a launch event. Is it mostly exciting? Mostly stressful? For writers who are introverts (like me), is it mostly terrifying? Here’s an inside look…. Read more »

Launch party in NYC!

If you’ll be in NYC on Sunday, June 24, please join us at the launch party for THE TURTLE SHIP! We’ll read a little from the book, chat about the artwork and the story, and will answer audience questions. Hope to see you there! We’re also planning a back-to-school event for L.A. Stay tuned!

The Turtle Ship is HERE!!!

Last week, I received a very cool surprise — an advance copy of THE TURTLE SHIP!! It was amazing to hold the actual book in my hands and to flip each page. Colleen‘s paper collage illustrations are stunning and the teeniest tiniest details were crafted with such loving care. The final product is…GORGEOUS. Our wonderful… Read more »

My New Interview for National Picture Book Writing Week

It’s Day 1 of National Picture Book Writing Week! And I’m happy to share my latest interview, in which I talk further about my writing process, what I find challenging about picture books, what my dream job would be if I wasn’t a writer… What’s really cool is that tomorrow’s post will feature artist Colleen… Read more »

Writing Picture Books

Several months ago, writer Paula Yoo contacted me to see if I’d like to be interviewed as one of the guest authors for NAPIBOWRIWEE (National Picture Book Writing Week). Of course I said yes! I’ve admired Paula’s career as a children’s book author and also as a writer for TV shows such as The West… Read more »

A Powerful Tool of the Trade

During the holidays, a good friend surprised me with a very cool gift. She bought me a subscription to MasterClass, the online courses that feature luminaries such as Judy Blume, James Patterson and R.L. Stine. What a perfect gift for a nerd like me! I’ve always loved school, so I devoured the courses, pausing the… Read more »

Fun Updates

I have some fun updates to share! THE TURTLE SHIP is currently undergoing the color correction process. That means Colleen (the talented illustrator), Lee & Low (the amazing publisher) and the printing company are collaborating to make sure the colors represented in the book’s images accurately reflect the colors in Colleen’s original artwork. Jessica (our… Read more »

Happy 2018!

Happy 2018! I don’t know about you, but I’m super excited about this year! Politics and other heavy concerns aside, there are some good things in store. For one, my debut picture book, THE TURTLE SHIP, will be released this year! Check out the gorgeous cover above, which is provided courtesy of brilliant artist Colleen… Read more »

Can You Stop Shopping…for an Entire Year?

I recently read an awesome article in the NY Times entitled “My Year of No Shopping” by the writer Ann Patchett (Bel Campo, State of Wonder). It’s fantastic. The longest I’ve gone without buying a single item of clothes, shoes or accessories was two months. Yes, it was refreshing to press that pause button on… Read more »

What I learned about life (and writing) from a puppy

Our puppy Sherwin is four months old today. During our first few days together, I seriously didn’t know if I had the chops to raise a pup. Rather than being overwhelmed by Sherwin’s cuteness, I was overwhelmed by a deep and strange depression. You see, I grew up with dogs and have always prided myself… Read more »