Phew…

Phew…

My brain feels a bit blurred. Six months ago our tortoise “Todd” went rogue. Completely disappeared. Off without a trace. I had finally given up on ever finding him again. I even moved his tank into the garage to sell. Then last week, our dear old Labrador retriever “Max” passed away. He was 13. He passed away on his bed quietly while in his sleep, of old age.. We used to occasionally find Max and Todd curled up together on cold...

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Getting into Character

Getting into Character

Perfecting the characters you write can be a difficult task. I often write profiles, search Pinterest for images that get my brain swirling, or simply indulge in multiple days of people watching. When you’re writing middle grade historical fiction the last option is a little more difficult. In an attempt to channel characters in my most recent release, ARRGH!!!, I walked around with a tricorne hat on my head. My husband didn’t even notice. I...

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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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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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On to Pirates

On to Pirates

Arrgh!!!  Can you believe that title? It makes be giggle every time I say it. Really, who can growl and keep a straight face. “Arrgh!!!” is the name of my first Middle grade book, due to release this fall; think grades 3 -6. Arrgh!!! is the story of a young orphaned boy who is kidnapped by pirates, told he may not speak, forced into hard labor on a merchant ship, befriends a talking mouse, saves a ship captain and his 13 year old daughter...

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