Category Archives: writing

A Behind-the-Book Look

The Thing About Leftovers, a novel about navigating divorce and blended families, following your passion, and celebrating who you are, will be released by Penguin Young Readers on July 19th! In preparation for that, I’ve been doing interviews, during which I’ve been asked some great questions! So I thought I’d share a few of thoseContinue Reading

The Stages of a Terminal Writer

Every time one of my manuscripts goes out on submission, time slows. During that VERY slooooow period, here is my general process (which I’ve now completed. Again.): Week 1: Feel incredibly blessed to get to do the work I love. Excited and hopeful, as I tend to all the things that I’ve neglected for monthsContinue Reading

It all comes down to lunch.

In two weeks, my new novel, Lula Bell on Geekdom, Freakdom & and the Challenges of Bad Hair will be released. It took a dozen or so grown folks on both sides of the Mason Dixon, four years, and two dogs (dogs are very encouraging) to get to this point. And here we are. Lula BellContinue Reading

Letting In Light

It has been said that anyone who survived childhood has enough material for a novel–or ten. (Flannery O’Connor has said that many a bestselling novel could have been prevented by a good teacher.) While I believe this to be true, I have to admit that it sounds easier than it is, at least in myContinue Reading

The Work of My Hands

I come from a family of highly intelligent, highly educated, extremely hardworking and successful overachievers. So, naturally, I married an overachiever, and then gave birth to another overachiever. I have always been proud just to know these people, and prouder still to be able to call myself “daughter”, “granddaughter”, “niece”, “wife”, “mother”, “aunt”, or “sister”Continue Reading

Livin’ the Dream

If you read my blog regularly, then you know that after precisely fifty-four bazillion rewrites, my second middle grade novel, Lula Bell on Geekdom, Freakdom & the Challenges of Bad Hair, FINALLY found a publishing home – yippeeee! What you probably don’t know is that more than one publishing house offered Lula Bell…a home –Continue Reading

A Heaping Helping of Thanks

My second middle-grade novel, Lula Bell on Geekdom, Freakdom & the Challenges of Bad Hair, has been sold and will be published by Marshall Cavendish ( in 2012! Hallelujah! It’s been a long, uphill climb – sometimes crawl – and although a great many people pushed, pulled, and otherwise helped me up the hill (Hi,Continue Reading

This is why writers aren’t exactly known for their mental health.

I need to vent, so here I am. This is not what I’m supposed to be doing right now. I’m supposed to be working through my fifth revision of a novel – my fifth! – but I keep getting distracted. I keep thinking, Revise? Or stab myself in the neck with a pen? And IContinue Reading

There’s No Crying in Writing!

Tom Hanks once famously said, “There’s no crying in baseball!” And he was right. Professional baseball players don’t cry about baseball, because 1.) They’re tough, disciplined, seasoned athletes, and 2.) For those who choose it as their life’s work, baseball is sheer joy. Just as there is no crying in baseball, there is no cryingContinue Reading

A New Dawn

It’s a new dawn, a new day, a new year, and time for me to make a new start. I have realized, now that I’m about a third of the way through my newest middle grade novel—my fourth—that it just isn’t working. I have to start all over again. Back to page one. It happens.Continue Reading