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My Monthly Newsletters

I’ve started sending out monthly newsletters that include updates about my books and writing, a craft or activity related to one of my books, and a tidbit about Japanese culture. To see the December issue and have a chance to win an ARC of Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen, click here. But if you want to… Read more »

Mochi Queen Cover!

I’m super excited to finally be able to share the cover of book 1 of the Jasmine Toguchi series, Mochi Queen! Ready or not, here it is! Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen (FSG/July 11, 2017) Eight-year-old Jasmine Toguchi is a flamingo fan, tree climber, and top-notch mess-maker! She’s also tired of her big sister, Sophie, always… Read more »

Update

Thank you to Jenny Medford at Websy Daisy for the spiffy update of my web site. Thanks also to Roy Thomas of Black Dog for the author head shots. Some of the new things you will notice are buy now buttons for my books and an author visit page. As a former teacher, I’m very excited about… Read more »

Happy Book Birthday and a Giveaway!

I’m throwing myself a book birthday party and one lucky winner will receive the birthday gift! In celebration of the release of the Dorothy & Toto early reader chapter books that I wrote for Capstone, I’m giving away a full set of the hardcover library/classroom books. These books have reinforced binding and discussion questions at… Read more »

Dorothy & Toto Author Copies!

There is nothing better than getting a surprise package in the mail. Yesterday, I found a box sitting on my front stoop. When I peeked at the return address and saw it was from Capstone, I squealed! I immediately tore open the box and inside were my author copies of my Dorothy & Toto early… Read more »

Dorothy & Toto Cover Reveals!

Last fall, I was thrilled to be hired to write a series of early reader chapter books about the adventures of Dorothy and Toto in the land of Oz. I was given a lot of freedom to write these stories and I had a blast. Of course, both my publisher (Capstone/Picture Window Books) and Warner… Read more »

A Book Deal!

I am absolutely over-the-moon thrilled to be able to share this amazing news! This a dream come true for me! More than! Because when I wrote Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen well over five years ago, I wrote it as a stand-alone chapter book. Now, it’s a series! *thunk* And I get to work with the… Read more »

New England SCBWI Spring Conference and My News

This past weekend I attended the Saturday session of this year’s New England SCBWI conference in Springfield, MA. Every year it just gets better (and bigger)! I’ve been a member of SCBWI for 15 years and so, it’s great to reunite with old friends and make new ones. I have a tiny confession to make, however. In… Read more »

VCFA Novel Writing for Young People Retreat

AH, bliss. Nothing beats a weekend of workshops on craft, writing time, and hanging out with writer pals! Well, except maybe if it weren’t so cold. The high was SIX on the last day of the retreat. Brrrr, this California Gal was chilled to the bone! For the third year in a row, I attended… Read more »

Welcome!

Hi and welcome to my newly redesigned web site. Thank you to Jenny Medford at Websy Daisy for her hard work! I will post thoughts and news here on this blog. Random stuff like what I’m reading, what I’m writing, what my dog and ducks are up to, or places I’m visiting. I’ll definitely share… Read more »