Upcoming Appearance: Kansas Library Association

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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
Crash!

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I used to play roller derby. As a blocker for the Denver Roller Dolls, my job was to crash into other people and remove them from the track so my jammer could skate through the pack and score points. I practiced the crashes day in and day out, learned to inure myself against the shock of running my body into another body at full speed. I became merciless. Huge, black bruises cropped up on my thighs, big ugly gorgeous flowers against my pale skin.

A few months ago, I was on vacation in San Diego when someone rear-ended my stopped >>>Read more<<<

📅18 April 2014 10 comments
The Dark Side

6820578783_f5a19cfbcfI don’t really read many reviews of my writing. It’s depressing and kind of gives me hives, and besides the work is long since written and submitted and there’s no point in self-flagellation, right? Right.

Still, something is kind of sticking in my craw. You see, it has come to my attention that a few of my readers feel I only focus on the dark side of history. They accuse me of emphasizing the sordid and crappy parts of the lives of my literary heroines at the expense of their redeeming or non-depressing aspects. And this revelation has made me >>>Read more<<<

📅14 September 2013 4 comments
What I Did On My Summer Vacation

salt spring island feetSalt Spring is an island in the Strait of Georgia across from Vancouver in British Columbia. I arrived there on August 23, fresh off the ferry. If I’d had my wits about me I might have told my kind hostess that “I am well in body although considerable rumpled up in spirit, thank you ma’am,” like a certain red-headed Canadian. Instead, I stumbled up the steep path toward my AirBnB cottage.

A week later, I took stock of what I did on my summer vacation: Hike. Sleep. Eat (and well at that). READ.

I read on the porch of the >>>Read more<<<

📅03 September 2013 0 comments
Two Years of THB – A to Z

Can you believe it? The Heroine’s Bookshelf recently celebrated its second anniversary. Here’s an A-to-Z recap of what happened over the last two years:

A pause to smell the inside of my brand-new book. I’ll never forget that moment.

Boulder Book Store graciously hosting me for I don’t even know how many readings, signings, and book club events.

Colorado Book Award (Nonfiction – General), 2010.

Doubt. Steaming, squeamish, heartbreaking, anxiety-producing doubt.

#EBPOWER and vital writer-to-writer challenge and inspiration in the form of friendships with Eleanor Brown and Ellen F. Brown

Far too many cups >>>Read more<<<

📅23 October 2012 2 comments