Monday, November 10, 2014

Flying to Fairfax!

Hey, Washington, D.C. area friends -- I'm heading your way!

I'll be doing an event at the Fairfax County Government Center's Board Auditorium (12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.) this Friday, November 14 at 7:30 pm.

I'll be chatting about Babymouse and Squish and THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH. You need to sign up online to attend. Go HERE to r.s.v.p.!

Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 27, 2014

GLOBAL READ ALOUD -- Last Chapter of the FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH

I've had such a wonderful time being part of the The Global Read Aloud that I wanted to take part -- and read aloud the last chapter of THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH.


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Monday, October 6, 2014

GLOBAL READ ALOUD!!

I'm so excited because today is the kick-off for Global Read Aloud 2014!! 



Kids all around the world will be reading the same book and connecting with other classrooms! How great is that? 

And I'm so thrilled and honored that one of the books kids and educators will be reading is THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH.



Follow the fun on twitter at #GRAGoldfish. I will be responding to tweets and answering questions from students. It's always a great time to read aloud!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Do tweens read?

Why, YES, they do! In fact, most of my readers are tweens. :-) 

So I'm especially thrilled to be part of the TWEENS READ FESTIVAL this Saturday in Houston, Texas! Come on by with the tween you love and listen to a bunch of authors who remember what it's like to not have your driver's license yet. 

I'll be talking about THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH.



Hope to see you!




Sunday, September 7, 2014

This is going to get a little mushy ...

So, this is going to be kind of rambling. Because *this* happened today:


THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH obviously isn't the first book I've written. But it was, hands-down, the most difficult. This book was a beast to write. A snarling animal who would have flunked out of obedience school. It took over four years, and countless drafts (I literally stopped counting). I almost threw in the towel so many times. I had some incredibly dark nights wondering what was wrong with me. I mean -- I completed college in less time than it took to finish this!! And I felt like I was breaking a whole lot of rules by attempting to do this book. After all, I write historical fiction and comics (my two great loves.) What was I thinking doing something involving science fiction? 

But I wrote this book because of my late father and I think he would have approved.  See, *he* was a bit of a rule-breaker and didn't follow a straight path. He was a Navy pilot and then became a pediatrician. He went from flying off air craft carriers to suturing kids -- talk about switching genres!


My dad, Navy flyboy.
Ultimately, THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH was my way of saying that I miss my dad and still think about him all the time. He was funny and had a dry sense of humor. He expressed his love by tapping my arm and saying "you have a nice intern vein right there." (An "intern vein" is the vein that even a newbie intern can thread an IV into in an emergency situation and save your life.) Yes, he knew where all the good veins were on all us kids. 


My Dad in his natural habitat, the doctor's office.
He loved medicine and science. And I do, too. His retired doctor's bag is in my closet and I've used his old otoscope to look in my own kid's ears. While I didn't follow his path and become a physician (seriously, what kid does what their mom or dad wants them to do?), I hope that this book will inspire other kids to go into science.

So, thanks for everything Dad and I hope you can at least get the digital edition in heaven. I'm sure there's email up there. And texting. And instagram. ;-)


Me. Future rule-breaker.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fourteenth Goldfish book tour begins!

I'm so excited to hit the road and introduce my new book to the world! 


This week I'm in the land of delicious peaches (I love peaches) -- Georgia! I'll be in Athens & Decatur.

THURSDAY, August 28 - Avid Bookshop!

TIME: 4:00 pm
493 Prince Avenue
Athens, Georgia
#706-352-2060


SATURDAY, August 30 - Decatur Book Festival

12:15 - PANEL "Great Books for New Readers"
Children's Stage

12:45 - AUTOGRAPHING

4:00 - PANEL "All the Girls in the World"

4:30 - AUTOGRAPHING

Hope to see you all there!