A residency at Elsewhere Studios!

I can hardly believe it. I have been accepted for an artist’s residency at Elsewhere Studios! Doesn’t it look magical? For a week in July 2019, my family and I will travel to Colorado, where the fam will enjoy exploring artsy mountain town of Paonia and the North Fork Valley while I work on my latest novel. […]

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 […]

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. […]

Revising a revision strategy, part 1: Scenes

I’m finally diving into revisions of the book I finished in May with a whole new revision strategy. That is, with a strategy at all. Usually I just start reworking everything all at once, from structure to punctuation, becoming pretty overwhelmed by my big mess. Well, early drafts are always a mess, but I’m feeling more in […]