It’s coming: Hush, Mouse! in June 2019

I’m very happy to share my news that my next picture book, Hush, Mouse!, will be out in June!

UPDATE: Pre-order now! (link will take you to my publisher’s site)


Lovingly illustrated by Alicia Young, Hush, Mouse! is about a tiny kitten named Mouse with a great big meow. In fact, she meows so much, she’s always being told to hush!

The only person in the family who appreciates Mouse is Little Liz. Little Liz is short for her age, and people don’t seem to hear what she has to say, either.

Mouse and Little Liz spend a lot of time together and understand each other perfectly. Together the two prevent a crime and show that they’re worth being listened to!

Read an excerpt right here.

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See you soon!

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The Crystal Kite Awards by SCBWI

I’ve decided to enter the annual Crystal Kite Awards, a peer-given award to recognize great books from 15 SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators) regional divisions around the world.

The rules are very specific:

  • Self-published books cannot be nominated.
  • I’m allowed to promote the award, but not my specific title, lest I be disqualified.

You do have to be an SCBWI member to vote, so I’m really just putting this out here in the hope of good vibes!

Here is the link to last year’s winners, including more information.

Good luck to everyone who’s entered!

Author Spotlight in Story Monsters

What do you like best about writing?

The way inspiration really does come like a thunderbolt, transfixing, illuminating. How you know you’d better drop everything and get that pen, tablet, or keyboard in hand or risk losing it all. Even at 3 a.m. Even when you’re brushing your teeth. How you feel yourself being a conduit for something that feels so wonderful and could, just possibly, be wonderful for someone else, too. And how, with the finished piece in front of your eyeballs, you don’t feel hollow or bereft because it’s out of you. Instead, you feel complete. – from my interview

I’m thrilled to have my author spotlight over at Story Monsters LLC!

Story Monsters is, in their own words, “The Literary Resource for Teachers and Librarians. The Marketing Solution for Authors and Publishers.” And I believe it.

Story Monsters Ink® is their magazine, whereas their Book Briefs provide author spotlights like mine!

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Learn about the jobs I’ve had (and still have), quirky writing habits (I apologize in advance), my next projects, what I like best about writing, and more.