Archive for the ‘Writing’ Category

Teachers Rock

My visit to Dr. Nancy Roser and Dr. Bonnie Elliott’s students at the University of Texas confirmed what I already knew: Teachers rock! These were the most inquisitive, motivated, and interesting students I’ve met in a while–and they are all … Read the rest

Posted on 10/26/2012 08:02 pm | Comments Off on Teachers Rock

October Blog Tour!

Leading up to appearances at the Tween Reads Festival on October 20th and the Texas Book Festival on October 28th, I’m excited to announce an October blog tour! I hope you’ll follow along:

Monday, October 16th, stop by CynsationsRead the rest

Posted on 10/16/2012 01:53 am | Comments Off on October Blog Tour!


I’m about to start on a new writing project–one that I refer to as Book #3.

The truth is I started on it a year ago. In the age-old writers’ debate about whether to outline first or travel in the … Read the rest

Posted on 08/03/2012 01:50 am | Comments Off on Outlining

Blog Tour was a Blast!

Thank you to all the bloggers who let me visit! I had a great time and met many new people. Here’s the roundup of all the stops I made in the last two weeks:

7/17- Mr. Schu Reads

7/17- SharpreadRead the rest

Posted on 08/01/2012 01:32 pm | Comments Off on Blog Tour was a Blast!

Austin Scene Sparkles

So much has been happening in the Austin Children’s lit scene that it’s hard to know where to begin. First off, our city swept the ALA awards. Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee took home a Caldecott Honor for All Read the rest

Posted on 02/16/2010 08:37 am | Comments Off on Austin Scene Sparkles

Austin Teen Book Festival: Best Time Ever!

So you know how sometimes you meet someone and you just instantly click? That’s how it was with me and Maya, my teen guide for the morning. We had breakfast together and talked about everything from middle school to books. … Read the rest

Posted on 10/30/2009 08:08 am | Comments Off on Austin Teen Book Festival: Best Time Ever!

Austin Teen Book Festival

I’m so looking forward to Saturday! It’s the first annual Austin Teen Book Festival. I’m on a panel with the Delacorte Dames and Dudes, my pals Varian Johnson, April Lurie, Margo Rabb, and Flyer wout Boarder 1-1Jenny Ziegler. Other panels include: “Zombie … Read the rest

Posted on 10/22/2009 10:04 am | Comments Off on Austin Teen Book Festival

New Critique Group!

new_critique_group-1I just finished the first meeting of my new critique group. I’m sooo excited to be in the company of this talent. From left to right are author/illustrator Don Tate, nonfiction book writer Donna Bratton, picture book writer … Read the rest

Posted on 10/08/2009 12:56 pm | 1 Comment

Visit from Flat Stanley

This month it was my distinct honor to welcome Flat Stanley to Austin, Texas. For anyone not aware, Flat Stanley is the poor boy who was flattened by a bulletin board. At first his parents were rather bummed, but then Read the rest

Posted on 10/04/2009 04:53 pm | 2 Comments

Corn Crush

When I was writing A Thousand Never Evers, I had to figure out how a vegetable garden could grow in the middle of town without any of the townspeople seeing it. I was racking my brain, losing sleep, night … Read the rest

Posted on 09/22/2009 09:14 pm | Comments Off on Corn Crush
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