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Working Mother magazine names Crumble one of top 7 Summer Books for Teens and Tweens

I am truly honored to be included with such an amazing list of YA authors--Veronica Roth, Sara Shepard, TL Costa, Cindy Callaghan, Sarah Dressen and Bennett Madison. 7 Summer Books for Tweens and Teens              

June 25th, 2013|

It All Started With Columbine (my article in the Portland Book Review Author Spotlight)

I’ve always been intrigued by how writers come up with the stories they tell. Do they write about personal experience? If so, how much is fiction and how much isn’t? Do they sit and watch people in an airport and formulate ideas based on how complete strangers interact around them? Do they write about their [...]

June 23rd, 2013|

CRUMBLE is a YA Fiction Finalist in the 2013 International Book Awards

I'm once again stunned and truly honored to have my work recognized. Yesterday, I was given the news that CRUMBLE is a YA Fiction Finalist in the 2013 International Book Awards!                      

May 21st, 2013|

A Message to Anyone Who’s Interested in Reading CRUMBLE

In the past 48 hours, my new novel CRUMBLE (the 2013 San Francisco Book Festival Winner for YA Fiction) has received a couple of negative reviews. And I anticipate based on the subject matter that it will receive many more. As a writer, I welcome all reviews--positive and negative. The contrast between the two sparks [...]

May 19th, 2013|

CRUMBLE is a San Francisco Book Festival Winner for YA Fiction

I just learned that my newest novel, CRUMBLE, is a San Francisco Book Festival Winner for YA Fiction. I'm still sitting here in shock. Speechless. Breathless. I've been writing for 20 years. Okay, maybe more if you consider my first official award came in third grade when I won an all-school writing contest. It's what [...]

May 6th, 2013|

Goodbye, Richard.

Yesterday, I attended the funeral of Richard Matthews, my former brother-in-law and a wonderful uncle to my son, Jacob. I hadn’t seen Richard in some time—my ex-husband and I separated in 2007, and although he and I have remained friends and I continue to consider his family mine, Richard and Marian moved to Northern California [...]

January 13th, 2013|

My Guest Post on Lizzy’s Dark Fiction: Everything that happens in life happens for a reason…

Each time I’m asked the question regarding how I came up with the idea for I Am Lucky Bird, I have to go back some years and try and remember. And each time I do, I discover another moment that assisted me in the development of the book. One of the major themes in I [...]

December 18th, 2012|

My Guest Post on Nette’s Bookshelf: My Desire to Help, My Reason for Writing

I’ve been asked a number of times over the past year where the idea for I Am Lucky Bird came from. Did I endure the kinds of trauma Lucky Bird endures throughout the story? If so, did I write the book to help me come to terms with my own past? Or, do I know [...]

December 7th, 2012|

My Guest Blog Post on Bending the Spine: Being Brave When Creating Bad Guys

Being a writer has many ups and downs. Writing can be time-consuming and often frustrating on some days, and on others, the pages flow quickly and freely without much effort at all. There are occasional breakthrough moments that leave me elated, but there are other moments when I want to drop my computer off my [...]

December 3rd, 2012|

My Guest Blog Post on Buried in Books: Letting Go of Lucky Bird

Behind the Scenes of the Book Trailer: Letting Go of Lucky Bird The I Am Lucky Bird book trailer shoot took two full days. Melissa and Kyle Bring of Bring Media (the production team hired to make the trailer) read the book, made notes about how to best portray the novel in 90 seconds, and [...]

November 30th, 2012|