Ten things I did not realized I missed until our daughter came home from boarding school.

Ten things I did not realized I missed until our daughter came home from boarding school.

Packing a lunch. I haven’t done this for three years and now I finally get to again. Researching quotes for lunch bag love notes. Occasionally, I even make up a few, which is always good for a laugh. Finding my jellybean jar empty. This is much better for my waistline. I’ve already lost 5 pounds. School events. I swear everywhere you look you can find some sort of plot line. Multiple sets of shoes by the front door. Granted we...

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10 Things Every Aspiring Author Should Know…

10 Things Every Aspiring Author Should Know…

You can’t write what you don’t know. Research is essential. No one gets it right in the first draft. The average novel is rewritten 7 times. You will get rejection letters. Learn Origami, rejection letters look much better when they are folded into cranes. There will always be people who don’t like what you write, you’ll never please everyone, it is impossible, don’t even try. Embrace your characters quirks and tells. When I was...

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The Future of Libraries

The Future of Libraries

I’m lucky enough to have children who are way smarter than me- seriously. My middle daughter and I, the real Leigh, recently drove around New England looking at Universities that she’d like to attend in the fall of 2016. When she asked if I’d take her on this little tour I agreed, but only if we could check out the libraries of each school after we toured. This was a joke, but she agreed. On our list we had Harvard, Boston College, Brown,...

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My Unlimited Musical Talents- Just Joking!!!

My Unlimited Musical Talents- Just Joking!!!

So our girls are home for the summer and Blakely, the eldest, went to my desk and opened the middle drawer. “Um, Mom? Why do you have a Kazoo in here?” “Well…” I replied. And proceeded to tell her this story. I bought my lovely blue and green striped Kazoo at our local toy store before my last book event, Western Washington’s spring SCBWI’s Inside Story. I knew one of my fellow presenters; an exceedingly talented author by the name...

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What do you Read?

I saw this picture on the Internet of a book I love. It caught my eye and made me think about the kind of books I read. Life has so many ups and downs. It is full of pits, some deeper than others, from which one must pull themselves. I personally read to escape, to relax and to help myself out of these holes. Becoming a reader was a struggle. I quite literally avoided it for a very long time, only starting when I finally found books that could...

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My Mind is Swirling, Whirling, Gurgling!

My Mind is Swirling, Whirling, Gurgling!

I have no excuse for being a bad blogger, except that with the release of Whisper and the home invasion by our three kids on spring break, I have fallen hopelessly behind. Now Blakely, the real one for whom Hush was written, is graduating from high school. The realization of having a child preparing to enter college, and everything that goes with it, is mind-boggling. I think how can I be that old? Then I laugh, as I look in the mirror and see...

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