I'm an author of children's and young adult literature, and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. I received my MFA in Creative Writing, with a concentration in Writing for Children and Young People, from Lesley University in 2014. My historical fiction novel, LEAVING KENT STATE, is now available from Harvard Square Editions through bookstores everywhere.
I’m feeling a little Olympic today, as yesterday it was announced that Leaving Kent State has won a 2017 Moonbeam Children’s Award Gold Medal in the Young Adult Historical Fiction category. Independent Publisher magazine runs the awards, which are “intended to … Continue reading →
YA Romance– For several years now, I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter about YA romance, as if the whole idea of romance is undesirable. Romance has become that thing, the guilty pleasure that no one wants to admit they like … Continue reading →
I will be participating in the Beaver County Bookfest on Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (1600 for you military types). I’m looking forward to meeting book lovers from the region and see my good friends, authors Stephanie Keyes and Joshua David Bellin. I hope to see you there!
I will also, along with my usual partners in crime, Stephanie and Josh, be presenting in a workshop from our wonderful Western Pennsylvania SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). Along with author Leah Pileggi, each of us will be presenting for an hour on different areas to hone your manuscript during revision. I will be speaking on the neuroscience of how our brains react to fiction, and what authors should do to maximize the brain’s ability to engage with story. The workshop will be held on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday, September 23, 2017. For more information, visit Honing Your Manuscript and Heading to Success
I have a new poem in the war issue of The Pedestal Magazine. This is a poem based on a true story. My dad really did find a dog in the Philippines and he really did name her Zero. He writes about her in his letters home, and, when he lost her as he did in the poem, he and a guy named Whit from his unit buried her. Then, one day as they were passing her grave, they put flowers on it for her. That pretty much says everything you need to say, I think, about the young men we sent to the Great War.
This morning, Thomas L. Friedman had a truly insightful piece in The New York Times asking Where Did ‘We the People’ Go? In it, Friedman quotes his former teacher and friend, Dov Seidman, who states that “What makes us Americans … Continue reading →
Our children take us places we can’t envision when they are a bundle of cells commingling with our own. When we feel them kick inside of us for the first time, we think only of the wonder of life, so … Continue reading →
I’ll be signing books at the Kent State University bookstore on Thursday, May 4th, from 10:00-11:00, as part of the annual KSU memorial ceremony. The campus bookstore will be carrying Leaving Kent State, so you can stop by and pick up a copy there if you don’t make it to the signing. I will sign all the copies they have in stock before I leave!
KSU now has a small museum open to the public in Taylor Hall that is really interesting, so don’t forget to stop there if you will be on campus. They have some interesting photos of Kent and the era, as well as a short video on the tragedy. Also, for you super history buffs, there is an online oral history project that you can access online. It’s a fascinating look at the day from various perspectives and is available here.
Thanks for your interest in Leaving Kent State and happy reading!
Radical acceptance is the psychological term for learning to live with sorrow we cannot change. It’s not a new concept, and it’s only slightly less trite, perhaps, than the famous 1970s prayer asking for the courage to change that which … Continue reading →