Cool updates (and not-so-cool updates)

First, I’ll start with the cool updates. We all need some good, fun news these days, right?! In less than a week after its launch, The Paper Kingdom sold out in many bookstores and on Amazon – WOW. The book was performing beyond expectations, so Penguin Random House started additional print runs. Super exciting, right?!… Read more »

THE PAPER KINGDOM is finally here!

THE PAPER KINGDOM is finally here!! The book is finally out in the world, and I want to take a moment to reflect on what has been an incredible journey. I’ve waited a long time for this story to be introduced to the world – it’s been almost 3 years since the day my manuscript… Read more »

Reviews are rolling in…

The industry reviews are starting to roll in for The Paper Kingdom, and I’m so overjoyed that Kirkus gave the book a starred review (like a critic’s pick)!! Kirkus called it, “A beautiful, must-read tribute to hardworking families and the magic they create.” Per my editor at Penguin Random House, “Starred reviews are rare, and… Read more »

Coming in Early 2020

I can’t believe we’re in the last stretch of summer. I’m still getting mosquito bites and craving ice-cold lemonade, so it doesn’t feel like summer’s over. Say it ain’t so!! A few months ago, my publisher sent me some Folded & Gathered (F&G) copies of my upcoming book, THE PAPER KINGDOM. Subscribers to my website… Read more »

Where I Find Inspiration

One of the questions I get asked most frequently is, “Where do you find inspiration?” My usual response involves a nod to nature, travel, friends, family…. What I rarely respond with (for fear of boring the inquirer) is this: poetry. I’ve always found inspiration in poetry. I love how closely poets look at our world…. Read more »

A surprise package in the mail

An unexpected package arrived the other day from Penguin Random House, the publisher of my upcoming picture book THE PAPER KINGDOM (release date: February 18, 2020). If you’re a subscriber to my website, you already know the contents of the package because I just sent out my first newsletter exclusive to subscribers! (If you’ve subscribed… Read more »

Seven Things I Learned After Publishing My First Book

My latest article for the SCBWI is up! Check out the Seven Things I Learned After Publishing My First Book. I had to respect the word-count limit for the article. Otherwise, I would’ve written about a hundred things I learned!

Event in Santa Monica (with a book giveaway!)

Join me at the Montana Branch of the Santa Monica Library on April 30 at 3:30 for a fun reading and a book giveaway. This event is free and open to the public — hope to see you there! More info is here.

The Writer’s Corner – writing/publishing advice

Warning #1: This is a long post. Warning #2: Unless you want to be traditionally published, this post may be immensely boring to you. You’ve been warned. Okay, why did I write this post? Because I wanted to do something to help aspiring authors who land on my website. Here are my answers to some… Read more »

Publication News (Plus a Sneak Peek)

Hello, lovelies! Hope you had a chocolate-filled Valentine’s Day 🙂 I’m so happy to announce that Candlewick Press has acquired my manuscript, SORA’S SEASHELLS! The deal announcement from Publisher’s Weekly is below. I get to work with brilliant editor Kate Fletcher, who edited Meg Medina’s MERCI SUAREZ CHANGES GEARS — the 2019 Newbery Award-winning novel…. Read more »