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Monday, December 11, 2017

Once again I will be participating in the Huntington Beach Author Festival this coming January. I have been selected by Oak View Elementary School and will be visiting them on Tuesday, January 30. Should be fun!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Got back from a week in Tuscany. Absolutely beautiful! It is also the birthplace of Collodi, the author of Pinocchio. There were puppets everywhere!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Just send another manuscript to my editor at Henry Holt. Entitled THE WIDE AWAKE PRINCESS, it is the story of a fairy tale princess who refuses to sleep. The king and queen send for help, and it arrives in the form of all the king's horses and men, Little Bo Peep, and Little Jack Horner among others. In the end, a mysterious old woman arrives with a crafty solution...

Monday, September 25, 2017

I have finished my manuscript submissions for the time being:
DOG SCENTS to Groundwood
EXTRA EXTRA to Bailiwick
HOLES ALL AROUND to Ripple Grove
FAMILY IN A JAR to Albert Whitman
In the meantime I am working on a new picture book entitled THE WIDE AWAKE PRINCESS, about a fairy tale princess who refuses to go to bed. Her parents, Old King Cole and the Queen of Hearts invite other nursery rhyme characters to help, including All the King's Horses and All the King's Men, Little Jack Horner and Little Bo Peep. Mother Goose finally arrives with the perfect solution!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Still on a roll with my manuscript submissions:
FAMILY IN A JAR to North South Books, Sleeping Bear Press, Shadow Mountain, and Ideals.
ZOMBERELLA to Splashing Cow, and Farrar Straus & Giroux.
Only eight more to send!

Monday, August 28, 2017

I have been quite busy submitting manuscripts this week:
EXTRA EXTRA to Capstone, Chronicle and Peachtree
SHIVER ME SHIVERS to Charlesbridge and Holiday House
EVERYWHERE HOLES to Clarion and Dial
ZOMBERELLA to Flying Eye and Pajama Press
Wish me luck!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Just completed my latest middle grade novel entitled DOG SCENTS. I plan on sending it to Boyds Mills as soon as possible!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Unfortunately, Boyds Mills did not wish to publish FAMILY IN A JAR. I will send it off to my editor at Henry Holt, Inc. next!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Just sent a picture book manuscript entitled FAMILY IN A JAR to my editor at Boyds Mills!

Monday, June 5, 2017

I am now reworking NEW YEAR'S EVIE into a stand-alone novel entitled FALLON'S FOLLY. It's about a girl named Fallon Demarest who takes on a babysitting job for a very timid boy named Brandon. She brings him out of his shell by introducing him to the three dogs in her life.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Just sent my picture book manuscript FAMILY IN A JAR to my editor at Boyds Mills Press. Wish me luck!

Monday, May 15, 2017

I am starting a new picture book entitled FAMILY IN A JAR about a family of snowmen that is unaware that they actually live in a snow globe. When a cat gets ahold of the jar, they are surprised and delighted with the change in the weather!

Monday, May 8, 2017

I am starting a new picture book manuscript entitled FAMILY IN A JAR. It's about a snowman family that lives in a snow globe. When the cat gets ahold of the jar, the family's calm and predictable life becomes anything but!

Monday, April 24, 2017

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! I am now reworking my sequel to EGGS OVER EVIE and will try to make it a stand-alone novel with different characters. I think it's a great story and worth resurrecting!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Got back from my daughter's wedding in New Orleans last week. Had to take a little time off from writing to be Mother of the Bride!!!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Just finished a new picture book manuscript entitled DOGS ON THE ROOF. It is the story of a woman who discovers that 100 dogs have taken up residence on her roof. She tries various methods to to try and coax them down until one clever solution finally proves successful.

Monday, March 13, 2017

I am rewriting NEW YEAR'S EVIE as a stand alone title about a girl who takes a dog training class. Wish me luck!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Just got back from New Orleans and Mardi Gras! Had a wonderful time and got some inspiration for a new picture book called it's only Tuesday. Let the good times roll!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Just got back from the CATE conference (California Association of Teachers of English) in Santa Clara, Ca. It was fantastic! I talked to a group of teachers about how I introduce the writing process to students, then I had a book signing. Even with the rain, it was a great day!

Monday, February 13, 2017

I will be speaking at the CATE (California Association of Teachers of English) this Friday in Santa Clara, California. After that I will be signing books in the Exhibit Hall. Wish me luck!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Just had a wonderful experience at College View Elementary in Huntington Beach. I did three presentations, signed lots of books and then had lunch with a few of the students. It was a fabulous day!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Just sent my revised manuscript of WELCOME TO THE VELVET ARMS to Cheryl Matthews at Boyds Mills Press. I think it is much improved and hope that she enjoys it. Wish me luck!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Holidays are over and it's time to get back to work! I will be heading down to Southern California for the Huntington Beach Author Festival at the end of the month and then up to Santa Clara to speak at the California Association of Teachers of English conference in February.