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I'm an author and arts administrator living in New England with my family and pugs. I'm also a caffeine addict and voracious reader. My latest middle grade fantasy novel, THE STAR SHEPHERD, is available now from Sourcebooks Young Readers!

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May 2015 (or the Month of ALL the Events!)

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted (and I promise a post on the launch party for Monstrous is forthcoming!), but I have a bunch of awesome events coming up in May that I must share.

Hudson Children’s Book Festival

First, I’m so excited that I’ll be at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, May 2, 2015 – if you’re in the Hudson, NY area, please come by and say hello!

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Children’s Book Week

On Thursday May 7 @ 7pm I’ll be joining several other authors including Lori Goldstein (Becoming Jinn), Jen Brooks (In a World Just Right), and Jen Malone (At Your Service) for an Epic YA & MG Book Trivia Night brought to you by the Boston Teen Author Festival at the Cambridge Library.

 

BooksontheSquare Then on Saturday, May 9 @ 3pm I’ll be at Books on the Square in Providence, RI for a panel and book-related scavenger hunt along with Cindy L. Rodriguez (When Reason Breaks) and Sandra Waugh (Lark Rising). It’s Kids Books Rock day at Books on the Square with several other authors and events!

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BEA GUYS. I’m going to be at BEA!!!! I’ll be signing Monstrous on Friday, May 29 at 9:30am. If you’ll be there too, I’d love to meet you 🙂
KAC And just to make that weekend even more awesome, I’ll be at the Kids Author Carnival on Saturday May 30 at the Jefferson Market Library! I’ve heard amazing things about last year’s carnival, and I’m so thrilled I get to be a part of this year’s!

Monstrous is Finally Here!

Monstrous is out TODAY! I’ve been working on this book since 2011, and it’s so surreal that it’s now on actual bookshelves in real stores (and virtual ones, too!). This is a real dream come true for me.

It may be only one book, but so many people had a hand in bringing it to bookshelves. From my critique partners to my agent and editor to the veritable army of people at my publisher who do the behind-the-scenes work, it’s been quite the journey. Each of them left their mark on Monstrous and helped make it a story I’m so proud and thrilled to share with you!

And that’s the funny thing. Now that my weird little book is out in the world, it isn’t really mine anymore. Sure, my name is on the cover, but we each bring our own experiences and quirks to a book when we read. Assumptions we make about characters and places are drawn from our own lives. Monstrous is out there for readers to like, dislike, love, hate, tell others about or ignore. No two readers will visualize Kymera or Batu or the forest or the city in quite the same way, and probably none in the way I do. Readers will give meaning to lines and phrases in ways I never imagined. And you know what? That’s actually really cool. It’s like books take on a life of their own.

If you’ve already bought Monstrous, will buy it, or read an ARC – THANK YOU! I hope you enjoy the weird little world between the pages!

Learn more about Monstrous

Read an Excerpt or Listen to a Sample

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2014 – A Year in Books

My 2014 Goodreads Challenge Goal was to read 50 books – and I read 71!

A Year to Debut

2015This is IT, guys! 2015. The year Monstrous will be out in the world! I’m so flipping excited! *muppet flails*

If you happen to be in the Boston area, consider yourself invited to my launch party on Tuesday February 17, 2015, 7pm at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA (it has parking and it’s T-accessible). If you’re not and you’d like a signed copy of Monstrous, you can pre-order one from Porter Square Books here and just put “signed” in the order comments. AND if you’ve already pre-ordered Monstrous, you rock and I’d love to send you a Swag Pack!

Over the past couple years, my resolutions have focused on setting goals for things I want to accomplish and treating my writing like a job (because, hey, it IS). I’m a list person, so I’ve found it very beneficial to have benchmarks to go by and to help me prioritize. The result: I’ve been super productive and you know what? I kind of love this whole writing-as-a-job thing. If 2015 goes well, maybe I can keep doing it for a while longer 🙂

Despite some craziness during the year, I actually managed to accomplish all of the items on my 2014 Must-Do list, and about half of the Want-To-Do list. Since 2015 has the added unknown factor of promoting Monstrous, I have fewer items on my Must-Do list, but I’m still hopeful that I’ll be able to complete most of my Want-To-Dos. We’ll see how that goes!

MUST DO:

WANT TO DO:

MIGHT DO:

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR 2015? Share in the comments!

2014 – Year of Too Much To Do, And Not Enough Time

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhile 2013 was a rough year, 2014 was all about DOING ALL THE THINGS. And I did manage to accomplish most of them, though I can’t help wishing there was more TIME. Most of those things were writing-related, but not all.

One of the non-writing related “things” I’ve been doing over the last couple years is helping to care for my elderly parents. They’ve had some health issues and many hospital visits in the last few years, so helping them out has become a weekly ritual on top of my part-time jobs, my writing time, and  in 2014 the addition of planning and preparing to promote Monstrous.

This year it became a bit overwhelming. Unfortunately, my parents have been living in a hotel (all year. seriously. they just moved back home this week.) while the house they’d lived in for 30+ years was gutted to remove deadly mold.* This + having to eat takeout every day for a year + the health issues they already had, ended with my dad checking himself into the hospital to have lots of tests and eventually heart surgery right before Thanksgiving.

This also happened to be right about the time I got my edit letter for my Winter 2016 book.

I love my parents (Obviously. Even if they do drive me batty sometimes), so I’ve been wrestling a lot with the desire to help and the need to take care of my own responsibilities. It’s a juggling act to say the least–one I’ve been doing more or less successfully all year–but the last couple months have been tougher than usual with the addition of a deadline. The good news is, my dad is recovering from surgery, my parents no longer have to live in a hotel, and I’m just about finished with my revision and on track to make that deadline. So, all’s well that ends well 🙂

Though there was a lot of crazy family stuff going on in 2014, a lot of awesomeness happened too. Here are some of my favorite highlights from 2014:

HOW DID 2014 TREAT YOU? WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THE NEW YEAR? HERE’S TO A FABULOUS 2015! 

 

*Really Random PSA: The mold contamination is nothing new in my parents’ house. I have fond childhood memories of fishing my Barbies out of the water in the basement as they floated by the stairs. I also have not-quite-so-fond memories of having to wet-vac the basement before slumber parties, and wondering why everyone always woke up the next day feeling sick. The cause of the flooding was a crack in the foundation, and it wasn’t addressed until recently. Instead, the mold spread throughout the walls and was tracked throughout the entire house. Not a pleasant situation!

Seriously though, mold contamination in a house is no laughing matter. Long-term exposure can have serious health effects – so if you think you might have a mold problem, don’t ignore it. Check it out and resolve the root cause. If you just treat symptoms, it will come back.