writing

How Decluttering Led to Realizing a Lifelong Dream

  IT ALL STARTED WITH A DREAM… I wanted to be a writer as soon as I was able to read at age four. I loved meeting new characters and plunging into their worlds, and I wanted to create stories as entertaining as the ones I read. But as I approached adulthood, I heard a… 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 »

Giveaway winners selected!

I’m happy to announce that the five winners of my giveaway for The Turtle Ship have been selected! I will be emailing the randomly-picked winners tomorrow, so if you entered the giveaway, please be sure to check your inbox (and spam folder) this week. Each winner will be receiving a signed copy of the book,… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Magic in NYC

[NOTE: When I was writing away years ago with no publishing deal in sight, I was always curious to know what the exciting parts of a writer’s life are actually like (not the hard part where you sit for hours at your computer — I already knew enough about the hard part!). So I hope… Read more »

Joining the pros

Here’s my latest article for SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators), which covers attending the pro track for the first time at their conference. Featuring photos of Judy Blume and Newbery winner Linda Sue Park. Girl crush time!! Check it out here.

What I Learned about Writing from an Eleven-Year-Old

My nephew is a wonderful pianist, but sometimes, he really hates to practice.  But he loves music. He loves excelling at the piano. So he practices at random times of the day, no routine involved, no inspiration needed. He just applies his tush to the piano bench, and starts going. Here’s a video of him… Read more »