I grew up in a small town with a funny name. Sault Ste. Marie is in upper Michigan on the Canadian border. Sault is pronounced Soo and rhymes with zoo. Many people don’t even try to pronounce this French name. They just say The Soo when talking about the town. This can cause some pretty funny moments, because even today some people think I...
Picture Books The Mouse in THE GRUFFALLO BY JULIA DONALDSON I love the way he thinks so quickly on his feet. MOUSE is a clever one. Lilly in LILLY’S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE BY KEVIN HENKES Every emotion Lilly has is over the top. She loves, dislikes, gets mad and experiences joy with such passion. Sofia in THREE SCOOPS AND A FIG BY SARA AKIN...
HOW TO DRESS A DRAGON/Scholastic/Spring 2016 THE HULA HOOPIN’ QUEEN, Lee & Low Publishers, June 2015 Highlights December 2006, Easy Felted Mittens Highlights Craft Feature of the Year Award 2006 Story Friends, 2005, LiNa and the Dancing Butterflies Turtle Magazine, February 2007, Mittens for Maria SCBWI-WI Marsha Dunlap Award...
HULA HOOPIN’ QUEEN has had a great year! Awards Starred Review Kirkus Reviews Best of the Best Books Chicago Public Library Charlotte Zolotow Award – Highly Commended Title Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) Choices Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) GreatKidsBooks.blogspot.com Oneota Reading Journal Sprout’s Bookshelf Blog Hooping.org StackingBooks.org Midwest Book Review The Horn Book Booklist Online Shelf AwarenessIcon-star School Library Journal Kirkus ReviewsIcon-star Publishers Weekly BookDragon, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
What a wonderful time I had in October visiting four schools in Brooklyn. Thank you to the Brooklyn Public Library for contracting me to do the visits. And thank you to all the great students who enjoyed THE HULA HOOPIN’ QUEEN and my presentations.Read More
The Wauwatosa Public Library was the perfect place to launch HULA HOOPIN’ QUEEN. Thank you to Anne Kissinger at the Wauwatosa Public Library for helping me with a wonderful launch. A wonderful time was had by allRead More
I’m so excited to announce that HULA HOOPIN’ QUEEN will be released by the end of the May 2014. The illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Newton are absolutely beautiful and I’m pleased to share them.Read More
My first picture book, THE HULA HOOPIN’ QUEEN is being published by Lee & Low Books. It is scheduled to be released in spring 2013. I am beyond thrilled that artist/illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton will be the illustrator. To see her portfolio check out the link icon on this website.Read More
BE NOT AFRAID OF GROWING SLOWLY. BE AFRAID OF STANDING STILL. Chinese Proverb
I think about this quote a lot when I get bogged down with creating plot. Sometimes it takes me days, even weeks, of slowly plodding along different paths before I find the one that leads me through the forest of ideas I started with. And yes, at times, I want to just stop, as I tell myself that nothing is working, and that I should just shove the manuscript to the back of a drawer and forget about it. But, over the years, I have found that good things grow slowly. Whether they are potatoes or carrots growing in the garden, or ideas for a new story. None will grow if I stand still.Read More
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. -Scott Adams
I think this quote is a great one to think about when you are revising. I’ve found that as I revise, I sometimes find myself putting things back in that I previously had edited out. What I thought were “mistakes,” actually were things that made the story stronger. I love the creative freedom that writing allows me as I muddle through the first or even the seventh draft of a manuscript. Where else in life can we take a mistake, toss it aside and then bring it back as something that actually enhances what we are working on.