Category Archives: The Turn of the Tide

Oregon Spirit Book Award

A week from today I will be at the Oregon Council of Teachers of English fall conference to accept the Oregon Spirit book award for The Turn of the Tide. I’m just thrilled to be in the company of the Oregon authors honored this year. Many of these women have been friends and mentors for years, women whose work I’m proud to recommend at the bookstore and books from which I’ve learned much about the craft of writing. Thank you to all those hard working English teachers who served on the award committee and all those who share books in their classrooms.

World Read Aloud Day

February 16th is World Read Aloud Day. I will be celebrating this day by reading aloud via Skype to as many classrooms as I can. Last year I read to 15 schools on 3 continents over 24 hours. I’d love to include your school in this year’s celebration. If you are a teacher of students between 3rd and 8th grade and you’d like to share some reading excitement with your class please get in touch as soon as possible so I can fit you into my schedule.

My newest novel The Turn of the Tide will come out in paperback on Valentines Day and in honor of that I’ll be giving away one of my paperbacks to the first ten teachers who schedule a free Skype visit for World Read Aloud Day.

You can use the contact me feature on the website or email me at

World Read Aloud Day is sponsored by Lit World and they have a pretty impressive slogan:

Read aloud. Change the World.

World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and creates a community of readers taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day is celebrated by millions of people in more than 100 countries thanks to people like you who participate and spread the word across the globe!

If you are not a teacher I hope you will honor the day by choosing a book or poem you love and reading it to somebody you care about. My mother read poetry aloud to me her whole life long and those are some of the memories of her that I treasure the most.

Cover Art for The Turn of the Tide

One of my favorite parts of the book-making process is seeing what the cover artist brings to table. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the art created by Jennifer McLaughlin. It’s gorgeous! So fresh and fun. I love it that both main characters are on the front cover. I love it that you can see that one of the characters is Asian. I’m glad they are actively engaged in sailing. I love it that residents of Oregon and Washington may recognize the Astoria bridge in the background.

And here’s the really impressive part, I think it’s a cover both boys and girls will find inviting and that’s not so easy to pull off. I look at a ton of covers in the bookstore and many of them are only trying to reel in one gender. So without further ado here is my new book cover.

TurnTide jacket[1]

Oh I almost forgot my favorite part! I love secret code. If you can tell me what the signal flags on the front flap say in the comments, I’ll send you a mini-book.

This book will be out Jan 12th of 2016!


Minding the Details

I recently finished the final proofreading for my upcoming novel The Turn of the Tide. I’m really grateful that I get such detail-oriented editors and copy editors. They’ve been terrific to work with. We had a really interesting conversation about italics for foreign language words, and I learned a lot about page designIMG_1604.

Here’s the part that astonished me though. Even after I’ve worked on a book for years, even after it’s been copy edited, I still found more than 40 errors to correct, a few were printing errors but most were my own mistakes. It’s humbling.  I’m grateful that those people who receive Advanced Review Copies understand that about the process and don’t discount it in their reviews.