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

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.

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

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

About Revision

I imagine some writers don’t have to revise their books much. Stephen King comes to mind. I just read a book of his with a time travel theme (11-22-63) that was over 800 pages. I can’t imagine revising all those pages. But for me, revision is an essential part of my writing process. And I … More About Revision