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Exciting updates & new “insider” learnings (plus, Mexico travel tips)

Hello! It’s been a long minute, and I have some cool updates! I’ll start with some book-related news, then I’ve got some very intriguing learnings about publishing. And finally, I’ll end with some travel tips for Mexico City & Manzanillo. BOOK UPDATES Ezra Jack Keats Award Honor I am SO happy and grateful that I’m a… Read more »

TWO TIPS FOR ASPIRING AUTHORS (nothing to do with writing!)

Hello, everyone! Important question: where did 2023 go?? I can’t believe it’s already holiday time. I hope you’ve been staying safe and healthy, wherever you are…especially during these tough times in the world. I love what MLK Jr. once said: Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate;… Read more »

SORA is here!! (also, the weirdest thing about being an author)

SORA IS HERE!! Happy book birthday to Sora’s Seashells!! It took a looooong while for this book to arrive, but it’s finally here. And it’s absolutely gorgeous. A huge thanks to all of you for being with me on the journey, and kudos to everyone who helped usher the book into the world! The story… Read more »

Sora arrives soon…(plus, an Ode to Türkiye)

THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS… Happy Easter & Happy Passover to those who celebrate! Sora’s Seashells is ALMOST here!! We’re just moments away from the book’s birthday, May 9, 2023. After four years of waiting to see the book in physical form, I finally got to hold an early copy…and it is magical! The amazing illustrators (Stella… Read more »

How Do Bestsellers Happen?!

Hello, I hope you’re doing well! I just love this time of year, when the colder weather gives me a good excuse to guzzle giant mugs of hot cocoa with homemade whipped cream…YUM. Before I get to the main topic of this post (“How Do Bestsellers Happen?!”), here are some very cool updates. GOLDEN POPPY… Read more »

Money Talk (in publishing & in general)

Hello! I hope this finds you well. This post will cover the taboo topic of money – in fact, I’ll go on at length towards the bottom. But first, let’s start with some fun updates. THANKS TO YOU My deepest gratitude goes out to everyone who bought a copy of Rosa’s Song or borrowed the… Read more »

Happy birthday to ROSA’S SONG!

IT’S HERE!! Happy book birthday to Rosa’s Song!!🥳🎶 The book is now out in the world, and it’s a story celebrating childhood friendships, even those that end much too soon. Book production requires a huge team of creative people, so kudos to the immensely talented illustrator Pascal Campion, our brilliant editor Maria, and everyone at… Read more »

Great news (and not-so-great news)

Hello, friends! I have some great news and not-so-great news. Does this feel like déjà vu? That’s because IT IS!! I wrote a similar thing with the release of The Paper Kingdom two years ago… *sigh* Let’s begin with the not-so-great news… The pandemic impacts yet another book launch! Due to supply chain and shipping… Read more »

Pre-order Giveaway for ROSA’S SONG

Dearest Gentle Reader, did you miss me? (Ha! That’s a quote from the Netflix show, Bridgerton.) My goodness, the world is a crazy place right now. I hope you’re staying healthy AND sane. I also hope for peace in Ukraine and a safer world in the months to come. I have to admit that the… Read more »

Happy Holidays + Cover Reveal…ROSA’S SONG!!

As we approach the end of the year, I wanted to wish everyone a very safe, healthy and happy holiday season. One thing I’m truly looking forward to in 2022 is the release of Rosa’s Song. I wanted you–my lovely website subscribers–to be among the first to see the final cover. Here it is! [Quick… Read more »