Holiday shopping help

I know, I know, there are already a gajillion guides out there about which books to buy as gifts this holiday season. But I can’t help myself! I read almost 200 books this year (192 as of today), not including picture books, and there’s something deeply satisfying about revisiting and culling them into my  very… Read more »

Notes from the revision cave

If you know me in real life, one thing you’ll notice right away is that I am neat. Tidy. It’s quite possible that I’ve been passed down the neat and tidy gene from my mother, at whose house you can feel extremely safe eating food that has been dropped on the floor for more than… Read more »

And that’s a wrap

As of tomorrow, 14 Hollow Road will have been out for 8 weeks (!!!). It’s been super fun stopping by bookstores to sign copies, meeting readers at events, and hearing what real people (i.e. not my mom) think about the book. Here are some of the highlights: Chatting with a father and daughter — both of… Read more »

The 10 Best and Worst* Things About Nerd Camp *;)

Best: 1. Connecting in-person with online friends! So the truth is, most of the authors I know (myself included) kind of spend a lot of time on Twitter. It’s not just because we’re wasting time (okay, sometimes it is). Twitter is where so many good conversations are. When your author friends are far-flung, it’s the… Read more »

14 Hollow Road — now out in the world!

This one’s for the kids. The ones who feel insecure about where they stand in friendships. The ones who feel awkward around their crushes. The ones who find solace in the companionship of a beloved pet. The ones who are excited and a little bit terrified about moving on to junior high/middle school and growing… Read more »

14 Hollow Road Book Parties!

To celebrate the launch of 14 Hollow Road, there will be two launch parties: Tuesday, June 13th (the day the book is released) at Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore in Cincinnati, OH, at 6:30 PM Tuesday, July 25th at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA, at 7 PM [link] At each event there will be delicious local treats,… Read more »

When a question from a kid hits up against the truth

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of participating in the SE-YA Book Festival in Murfreesboro, TN (home of Middle Tennessee State, which just won their March Madness game last night — woot woot!). For those of you who aren’t familiar with the festival, first off, it’s the best. On the first day, students from area schools… Read more »

Spring is coming, I can feel it.

While there may be snow in other parts of the country, it sure feels like spring in Cincinnati. It’s warm enough to wear only a light jacket, the grass is green from all of the rain we’ve had lately, and the leaves on the tree outside my office are starting to open up. Okay, who… Read more »

Holiday shopping help

You can probably guess that one of my favorite things to gift around the holiday season is books! So many books. Stuck on what to get for your father/brother/nephew/cousin, etc? Here are just a few ideas, selected from among the–as of tonight’s count– 143 books I’ve read this year. For the littlest kiddos in your… Read more »

Fall update

Just realized it’s been more than two months since I last posted. A lot can happen in two months, but the last two months have been particularly exciting. With developments like . . . Moving to Cincinnati! Having only been to Cincinnati for a couple days in June, this was a pretty big adjustment. We’re… Read more »