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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 »

Getting nerdy in Michigan

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to participate in nErDCamp. Located in Parma, MI, and hosted by Colby Sharp and his wife Alaina, nErDCamp is an unconference — two jam-packed days of teachers and librarians, authors and illustrators, learning from and teaching each other. It was unlike anything I’d ever been to before —… Read more »

The ten best things about 6/28/16

For more than a year, I’ve had that date on my calendar: 6/28/16, the pub date of my first book. At first, time crept slowly toward it. Then, in the last month or so, time sped up. It was moving too fast! I wanted to press pause and savor it. Now, I’m on the other… Read more »

Hopes, dreams, and fanciful wishes

We’re one week away from the publication of The Distance To Home, and part of me wishes I could press pause. After months of feeling like time was crawling, now it’s speeding past me. I want to savor this experience, but it’s slipping through my fingers. The truth though, I guess, is that the debut experience… Read more »