I’m so excited to say Written in Stone has been placed on the short list for the Pacific Northwest Book Sellers Association Book Award. The PNBA is an organization of booksellers from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and British Columbia. From a field of more than 200 nominees they chose 12 books that best represent excellence in writing from the Pacific Northwest. It’s an unusual award in that they don’t choose a book from each category. All genres are considered on equal footing so it is one of the few places where books for children are evaluated by the same criteria as books for adults.
I’m very grateful not just to the committee of booksellers who’ve honored my book, but to the many Indy booksellers in the region who have been so supportive of my books over the years. You are the people who make literary fiction for children possible. Thank you!
Just one more bookstore events this year. I’ll be at the Book Bin in Salem Oregon on Friday December 6th at 7 pm.
If you’d like me to come to your town for a bookstore event or school visit, there’s a contact me form in the navigation bar. I love to travel and talk about books!
New Loft Literary Center Class!
My class Vampire-Free Fiction: writing real world novels for young readers is open for enrollment. It will begin on the 20th of January and run for 8 weeks. If you’ve got a busy life and you are longing to write but not sure how to make it all come together, on-line learning is perfect for you! I’m pretty busy myself with deadlines and travel and family, but this format is a great way to kick off that novel you’ve always wanted to write. It will open up new possibilities in your writing. All fun. No pressure. Promise. Sign up here.
Yes it’s true, I work in a treehouse in my backyard.
Actually now that winter has finally arrived and all the apples and pears are off the trees and my hens have stopped laying and leaves are thick on the ground, I’m hard at work in my back yard studio. I am working on a younger chapter book series called Jamie and the Dark. I just got a bunch of really wonderful feedback and charming illustrations from first readers that I work with at St. Anthony’s School in Tigard, OR and Sauvie’s Island School in Portland. I’m really looking forward to finding just the right place to publish this younger chapter book series.
And of course I’m hard at work on another middle grade novel for my brand new editor Michelle Nagler at Random House. I’ve heard wonderful things about her and am looking forward to a long and productive partnership.