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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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all-day CCIRA Conference 2020 @ Denver Marriott Tech Center
CCIRA Conference 2020 @ Denver Marriott Tech Center
Feb 7 all-day
I’ll be presenting a session at the CCIRA conference on Leveraging Children’s Books to Teach Creative Writing, and will also be doing a signing (details TBA).

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HOLLOW DOLLS Release Day!

I’m so delighted that Hollow Dolls is out in the world today! And I must thank you, my readers, for that! Your support of the Shadow Weaver series is what made this companion duology set in the same storyworld possible. It quite literally would not exist without you. Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you love Simone’s story too!

As always, thank so much to the phenomenal teams at Sourcebooks Young Readers and New Leaf Literary! It takes a veritable army behind the scenes to get a book out there on shelves, and I’m so lucky I get to work with such awesome people! 🙂

BUY THE BOOK:

Hollow Dolls is available through any of these retailers:

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

Hollow Dolls Launch Party

Saturday, January 11, 2020 @ 3pm
The Toadstool Bookshop
375 Amherst Street
Somerset Plaza
Nashua, NH 03063

 

Shadow Weaver & Comet Rising Paperbacks Available Now!

Haven’t read Shadow Weaver and Comet Rising yet? You’re in luck – the paperback of Comet Rising just released in December!

SHADOW WEAVER PAPERBACK

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COMET RISING PAPERBACK
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A Year of Opportunity

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2020 is shaping up to be a very exciting year! I get to launch two new series – including my first young adult one, which I’m super excited about – and edit the sequels for both Hollow Dolls and Twin Daggers. But once those are done, all my current contracts will be fulfilled. I have four books scheduled to release between 2020 and 2021, but after that, who knows?

That’s the wonderful/terrifying thing about publishing: every time you complete a contract, you start at the beginning all over again. There are no guarantees. Sometimes it’s the first option book proposal that sells. Sometimes it’s the fifth. Sometimes none of them do. It’s…a rather scary way to build a career, actually. But it’s also the nature of the business.

So, I’m approaching this as an opportunity. Once I’m finished with the sequels I’m working on, I can write anything I please. I’ve got several very shiny new ideas I’m looking forward to exploring, and several other older ideas that I’ve been tinkering with here and there between contracts. And I’ve been working with a co-author for the last couple of years on a really cool project. The possibilities feel limitless, and that makes me hopeful for what 2020 will bring!

Looking back at 2019’s goals, I completed everything on my Must Do list, but nothing at all on the Want To Do or Might Do Lists. With any luck, I’ll accomplish a little more this year!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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2019 – Closing Out the Decade with a Bang

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It’s hard to believe it’s already the end of another decade! Time is very sneaky like that.

2019 was, overall, a good year. It was my first year with two books out, which was challenging, but also really awesome. And, thanks to those books, I had a lot of new opportunities and experiences for which I’m so very grateful.

But it was bittersweet in many ways too. Last year ended with several things up in the air that have now settled. My parents are both at care facilities, and while that’s sad, I’m grateful to the people who look after them day in and day out. My siblings and I had to clean out our childhood home and sell the house in order to help pay for that care, and it hasn’t been easy to let go of the place I’ve called Home for most of my life. But it was necessary and now I can put that phase behind me (I hope!).

Some highlights from 2019:

The Last Decade:

10 years ago, I wrote a looking back at 2000-2009 post, so I’m picking up the thread and doing it again. It’s interesting to see what I was excited about back then (writing more books! Past MK would be pretty pleased with Present MK) and how things have changed. So, here’s the last decade in a very tiny nutshell:

2010: Sold our condo, packed up our pug, and moved across the country to Phoenix, AZ.

2011: Realized we were miserable being 3,000 miles away from our friends and family, so we packed up our pugs (we gained a second one while in AZ) and moved back home to New England. Got new job in Boston – back to epic commute.

2012: Three BIG milestones: 1) Bought our first house! 2) Signed with super agent Suzie Townsend and 3) We sold my first two books to Harper Collins!

2013: Left job with a crazy toxic boss without another job lined up. Terrifying, but necessary for my mental health and well-being. (Was also very keen to stop working in Boston after being in the office the day of the Boston Marathon bombing only a few blocks away). Luckily, my last day was a Friday, and by Monday I had a job offer from my current employer, HILL for Literacy. Took the leap to working part-time.

2014: Paid off my student loans.

2015: Monstrous was published!

2016: Sold more books (Shadow Weaver duology! The Star Shepherd!)! Monstrous hit the NYT list…on the same day as the election results came in. Also, we finally took the honeymoon we always wanted to Hawaii. A few years late, but still amazing!

2017: Had my first child. Added 3rd pug to family, but lost our first pug not long after 🙁

2018: Sold two new duologies – Hollow Dolls + Sequel and Twin Daggers + Sequel! Parents both had sudden, unexpected health issues that left them in care facilities.

2019: Spent significant portion of year dealing with fallout from my parents’ declining health. Helped my siblings empty out and sell our childhood home. Wrote two sequels in one year while juggling multiple editorial deadlines for the first books in the series and somehow survived. Went on my very first legit book tour (probably will never happen again, but still a bucket list item)!!

All in all, it was a pretty decent decade. Lots of highs and lows, but I definitely can’t complain with where I’ve ended up. Here’s hoping the next decade is even better! 🙂

HOW DID 2019 AND THE LAST DECADE TREAT YOU? WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THE NEW YEAR?

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THE STAR SHEPHERD Release Day

I’m beyond thrilled that The Star Shepherd is finally out in the world this week! It’s such a special story and I’m so proud I’ve had the chance to be part of this project, co-authored and illustrated with Dan Haring. The Star Shepherd is about a boy and his dog, stars and family, saving the world and finding one’s own path. I hope you love it as much as we do!

“Readers will relish this fantasy with high suspense and clever plot twists. Highly recommended.”

-School Library Connection

THE STAR SHEPHERD

Neil Gaiman meets How to Train Your Dragon in this beautifully illustrated middle-grade novel about a boy, his trusted dog, and his best friend, as they race to save the stars before their light is extinguished for good.

When the world first formed, the night was black and filled with dark creatures. The Elders knew their people couldn’t survive under such a threat. So they gave their hearts to the sky in the form of stars to keep evil away.

Now, eleven-year-old Kyro is a Star Shepherd like his father. He’s spent his life tucked away in the small town of Drenn. There, the family watches the night sky for falling stars―and rushes to rescue them when they do.

When too many stars start falling at once, and disappearing before they can be saved, Kyro’s father journeys to report the threat. But when he doesn’t return, Kyro, with the help of his best friend, Andra, and his trusty dog, Cypher, must find a way to save the stars before the dark creatures make a terrifying return.

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Join Dan Haring and I as we celebrate the launch of The Star Shepherd! Events will include reading, Q&A, book signing, and general revelry. 🙂
Monday, 9/16/2019, 7pm
Anderson’s Bookshop
Naperville, IL
Saturday, 9/21/2019, 3pm
Porter Square Books
Cambridge, MA

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Comet Rising Release Day!

I’m so excited that Comet Rising, the sequel to Shadow Weaver, is finally out in the world today! This is the conclusion to a story that I’m so proud of, and I just can’t wait for you to find out what happens to Emmeline, Dar, Lucas, and their new friends. 

I can’t thank the amazing teams at Sourcebooks and New Leaf Literary enough for all their work on this series and tireless efforts behind the scenes, especially my editor Annie Berger and agent Suzie Townsend. You’re all amazing and I’m so grateful I get to work with you!

And dear readers, thank you so much for reading this series – I hope you enjoy Comet Rising!
 

BUY THE BOOK:

Comet Rising is available through any of these retailers:

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

Comet Rising Launch Party – with Special Guest Monica Tesler (Bounders Series)!
Friday, January 4, 2018 @ 7pm
Porter Square Books
25 White St
Cambridge, MA 02140

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