Exciting new role!

I’m so excited! I’m the new Critique Group Coordinator for the Louisiana/Mississippi chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (aka SCBWI-LA/MS)! via GIPHY Starting this January, I’ll be the point person for members in our region interested in forming or attending critique groups in their area. We’ll have a webpage that we’ll […]

Book & a Bite: The Cabinet of Curiosities & Pumpkin-Oat Mini Muffins

Looking for some tricks and treats? Check out The Cabinet of Curiosities: 36 Tales Brief & Sinister by Stefan Bachmann, Katherine Catmull, Claire Legrand, and Emma Trevayne for some spooky short stories, perfect for staying up way past bedtime. While you’re up, snack on Pumpkin-Oat Mini Muffins (recipe below): nothing scary there, they’re gluten-free! Ostensibly […]

Book & a Bite: First Rule of Punk & Savory Oatmeal

If you like books, and you like to eat, check out my new combo: Book & a Bite. I’ll review a book and include a recipe inspired by some aspect of the story. My favorite books are so immersive, I want to live in them…and eating something the characters might eat seems the next best […]

Book review: 3 sci-fi books for kids

Recently, Alban Lake Publishing sent me a trio of middle-grade sci-fi books to review. If your kids are looking for fun, quick reads–and you’re interested in supporting an independent press–check out Debby Yeo’s Meet the Mercusons and Tyree Campbell’s series, Pyra and the Tektites. Meet the Mercusons is a collection of short fiction, poems, and […]

Revising a revision strategy, part 2: Characters

This week, I’m interrogating my characters.   I finished examining my novel’s scenes last week. It was both dispiriting and energizing to find SO MANY areas for opportunity, but the exercise allowed me to sort where my novel as a whole is strong and where it needs more work–and how exactly I might improve it. […]