Writer’s Life

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 – Part 1

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 may land on my website. I was an aspiring author… 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 »

Pascal lands a cover on The New Yorker!

Pascal Campion is the mega talented artist who is illustrating my next picture book, The Paper Kingdom. And…*drum roll*…his illustration is on the cover of The New Yorker!!! I love his nighttime scenes, and this one is so, so beautiful. Check out his interview here. What’s really amazing is that Pascal mentions Jean-Jacques SempĂ© as… Read more »

2019 is almost here!

I can’t believe 2018 is almost over! It was a truly memorable year, a year of firsts. First book published, first launch party in NYC, first international school visit, first time I had to decline a speaking engagement (in Paris of all places!) simply because I couldn’t make the time…the list goes on. I have… Read more »

L.A. Book Event – a recap!

September 8th was a great day, a day that’ll live on in my memory! So many lovely people showed up for our L.A. book event — it was standing room only! Over a hundred people were in the audience, and like during our NYC event, kids asked some of the best questions: Will the book… Read more »

Book Event – Sept 8 @2:30

Colleen and I hope to see everyone on September 8 at 2:30 pm for our book event at Children’s Book World in Los Angeles! Below is the invitation graphic. Also, click here for a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Colleen’s artistic process. I’m so fortunate to have worked with such a talented artist, and you can… Read more »

A quick livestream video

Here’s a video I did during my lunch break today at Children’s Book World in L.A. Kevin Winston helps run my college alum network, and does a great job of bringing people together. He reached out to me last night to do this video, and I agreed. Kevin is a powerful influencer! He coached me… Read more »