Seeking Asylum

I’m working on a new book project together with my friend Elizabeth. She’s an asylum seeker from El Salvador who’s been in Santa Cruz for a little over a year. Her story is one of tragedy, overcoming horrible difficulties, and amazing resilience. We’ve only just begun the project, but you can hear a little of … More Seeking Asylum

The Double Crossing

I’ve just signed a contract with Paper Angel Press to publish my upper middle grade historical novel The Double Crossing. I’m excited to be able to introduce young readers to my fictional characters Hannah and David and their adventures, including stopping a Nazi spy mission. At the same time, readers will learn about the true … More The Double Crossing

Upcoming events

Here’s news from a couple of my local organizations. Santa Cruz residents can learn about the Santa Cruz Welcoming Network this Thursday, April 28th by tuning in to our community radio station, KSQD 90.7 for Talk of the Bay with Rachel Goodman from five to six p.m. The Welcoming Network is an all-volunteer organization helping … More Upcoming events

Smashwords Sale

If you haven’t read Toto’s Tale and True Chronicle of Oz, here’s the chance to get the e-book for the special sale price of $2.99. Smashwords is having a one week sale and I’m participating. This is the link to my Smashwords page where you can order the book. It’s a fun read for children … More Smashwords Sale

Pages and P.J.s

Yesterday I had the opportunity to read at the Pages and P.J.s event at Santa Cruz Gardens elementary school. It’s an evening event where children and families come in their pajamas to hear authors and others read. I’d read in a couple of these events a few years ago. It was wonderful to be able … More Pages and P.J.s

Back Again

This was taken at the border wall at Playas de Tijuana. In late October and early November, I joined the Peace Train on a trip through Mexico, visiting the wall and a refugee center housing children and families waiting to cross the border. We traveled with some of the children on the train and participated … More Back Again

SCBWI BookStop

SCBWI is the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. It’s our international organization with chapters all over the US and the world. Bookstop is an annual event featuring hundreds of books for children by SCBWI members. So many books, so much to read. #SCBWIBookStop is here with tons of books readers will enjoy. Check … More SCBWI BookStop

PEACE TRAIN

Since I wrote The Weaver’s Daughter, the situation at the border in Tijuana has changed dramatically. There are thousands of migrants from Mexico, Central America, Haiti, and many other parts of the world waiting in camps and shelters at this border city for an opportunity to seek asylum in the United States. Climate change resulting … More PEACE TRAIN

More on the Moonbeam Award

The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are presented by Jenkins Group and IndependentPublisher.com, who say: “The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading. The Awards recognize and reward the best of these books and bring them to the attention of … More More on the Moonbeam Award

Literary Rambles

This is a great website for information about literary agents who represent children’s authors. Natalie interviews agents and there are usually agent query critique giveaways offered. I just discovered it and subscribed. Highly recommended for all you aspiring writers of books for kids of all ages.