Upcoming Appearance: Kansas Library Association


I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be speaking at the 2014 Kansas Library Association Conference this October.

The conference has a theme that’s close to my heart, indeed: Out of the Stacks: Engaging Communities, Promoting Learning. I’ll be doing two sessions…a breakfast session on finding a book for every reader and a workshop on how librarians can connect their young readers to the stories behind their favorite stories.

As a library school dropout and a passionate advocate for the good libraries do in our schools and our communities, I couldn’t be more honored. Even better, the invitation came from >>>Read more<<<

📅17 July 2014 1 comment
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Pioneer


Your fearless author is on the left, in the outfit she forced her mother to sew for her and wore to school and everywhere at all times. >>>Read more<<<

📅03 July 2014 1 comment
When Floor Equals Bookshelf


“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
― Stephen King >>>

📅12 June 2014 0 comments
Icebergs, Petticoats, and the Tragedy of the Left-Out Detail


Oh, history. You have so many alluring details. There are soiled petticoats, angry letters, dramatic turns of phrase. And if you’re anything like me, you have a whole boatload of must-include details in every historical piece you write. Except there’s that whole word count thing. And that whole you have to write something people will actually want to read thing. Right. Something must be left out.

I tend to subscribe to the Iceberg Theory of detail in both non-fiction and fiction. (This description is altogether too long and ridiculous, but long story short is that you want your work >>>Read more<<<

📅11 May 2014 0 comments
I’m So Over Book Guilt


Silly movie lover! The book is always better than the movie. Stupid reader! How can you possibly read (and enjoy) that blasphemous ebook? Quit wasting your time rereading and discover new authors! It’s your duty! Did you know you’re reading the wrong books? What? You like genre fiction? Embarrassing! The publishing industry is going to hell! You must singlehandedly save it!

Yeah. These are the messages gleaned from roughly two seconds of scanning book-related news this morning.

You guys: I am so over book guilt.

Remember back in the day when there wasn’t really an Internet and there wasn’t really >>>Read more<<<

📅05 May 2014 0 comments