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Monday, September 24, 2012

More fun news! I will be visiting two elementary schools in Atioch, California next month: Lone Tree and Jack London. While there I will talk to students about the writing process, coming up with ideas, finding editors and illustrators, revising and rewriting. Kids will also have a chance to meet me and purchase autographed copies of my books.
And...don't forget to come visit my booth this Sunday at the Orange County Children's Book Festival on the Orange Coast College campus. Hundreds of authors and illustrators will be on hand, along with storytellers and booksellers. See you there!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Just finished the most incredible book! Entitled THE NIGHT CIRCUS, it is a magical mystical tale about two young magicians who are being secretly trained to compete against one another in a "game" of magic. Neither one of them knows the identity of their opponent, however, and the entire competition takes place in a traveling circus that is only open at night. When a young boy sneaks into the circus on a dare, he unwittingly becomes a part of the magic and a key player in the competition. I would highly recommend it for middle school and high school readers!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Just finished MOCKINGJAY, the last book in the HUNGER GAMES trilogy. It was fantastic! Quite a few twists, and the characters acted in ways which were unexpected, but totally believable. I am hoping that the second movie comes out soon. And speaking of "seconds", I am now nearly finished writing the sequel to EGGS OVER EVIE. If you would like to have one of your original recipes included in the book, there's still time! Just answer either of my trivia questions (posted below), and you could be a published chef!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

More news on the Orange County Children's Book Festival in Southern California. The event will be held on Sunday, September 30 at Orange Coast College from 9:00 - 4:30, with lots of authors, illustrators, storytellers and book sellers on hand. I will be moderating a panel discussion on the Animal Stage at 12:10 pm. All of the authors on the panel have written books featuring an animal, and I will be asking them questions about their inspirations, frustrations, characterizations, etc.. Immediately following that, I will be signing books at Booth #98. For more information on the event, you can visit their website at www.kidsbookfestival.com.