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Monday, August 15, 2016

Just sent my new manuscript ZOMBERELLA to three agents. Wish me luck!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Just got back from a wonderful vacation in Kona, Hawaii! While there I visited the library in Kailua, and they had five of my books!

Monday, July 11, 2016

I am starting a new picture book manuscript entitled ZOMBERELLA. It's a zombie spoof on the Cinderella story. Should be fun!

Monday, June 20, 2016

I sent PLAYING BY THE NUMBERS to a new editor at Pushkin Publications, which is part of Bloomsbury Press. I also sent the manuscript to Christy Ottaviano at Henry Holt. Wish me luck!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Just finished my rewrite of PLAYING BY THE NUMBERS and I am quite happy with it. In this new version, Nate (the older brother who went off to Canada to avoid the draft) writes letters from Canada to his younger sister Twig, although he can never send them to her. His chapters alternate with the ones told from her point of view - as a person living in the U.S. during the Vietnam War conflict. In this way, I can tell the story from both sides and the readers can see the sacrifices that both of them have to make.

Monday, May 16, 2016

I have begun a rewrite of PLAYING BY THE NUMBERS. In my new version, Nate writes letters to Twig that he can never send. In this way, we see what he is going through as an exile in Canada, while his family still believes he is MIA.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Just got back from a wonderful school visit. The children at Brookside elementary in Beaumont, California, were all so enthusiastic and they made the visit so enjoyable! I spoke to K-5 and was then offered a tasty lunch by the PTA. Many thanks to Debra Rappelt, the school librarian. She put together a fantastic day for me and the kids!