Book review: Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares

I have a new favorite author. Laini Taylor writes YA fantasy novels of unexpected magic, detailed characterization, romance, and adventure. Strange the Dreamer and its sequel, Muse of Nightmares, are her most recent, and I am hooked. If you like soaring, imaginative epics grounded in realistic, complex emotion, you will be too. In Strange the […]

Conference time

It’s here! JambaLAya Kidlit Conference 2019, right here in New Orleans. Our regional branch of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI LA/MS) hosts this annual three-day conference, full of Master Classes, keynote speakers, written and in-person critiques, breakout sessions, casual meet-ups, dinners, and even a breakfast session for published authors & illustrators. […]

Book review: The Adventures of Joy Sun Bear: The Blue Amber of Sumatra

I am honored once again to review a kidlit book for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. This year, I received a charming, early-middle-grade book from Joy Sun Bear, an organization that provides “global education for kids and classrooms.” Co-written by Blanca Carranza and John Lee, with illustrations by John Lee, The Adventures of Joy Sun Bear: The Blue Amber […]

I have an agent!

I am so excited to announce that I just signed with literary agent Elizabeth Bewley of Sterling Lord Literistic! Elizabeth has 15 years of experience as a book editor at publishers such as HarperCollins, Intervisual Books, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. She has been an agent at […]

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 […]