writer’s life

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 »

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 »

Checking in & Egypt tips (pre-pandemic travel)

Hello! How are you? I truly hope you’re well and staying safe. I haven’t blogged in a while, and the reason for my extended absence is simple: I like to keep things cheerful and lighthearted here, but because of everything going on in the world of late, I haven’t felt cheerful or lighthearted at all…. Read more »

It’s a HOT summer

Hello! I hope you’re staying safe, strong, and sane during this time of continued uncertainty. Is it crazy hot where you are? We’ve been having some blistering days (and wildfires) in California. What a nutty summer (and a nutty year). UPDATES These past few months of lockdown have been some of the busiest months in… Read more »

See you on Friday (July 24)!

Hello, hello! I’ve been absent for a few months because SOOO much has been going on. I’ve definitely been spending a lot of time processing all the latest developments in the country and in the world. I hope you’re staying safe, healthy and sane through all the ups and downs. First, I’m posting an image… 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 »