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Are you teaching from home? Resources.

March 31, 2020

If you are a parent teaching from home or a teacher teaching online, here is a one-stop post where you can find links to all of the resources I’ve created as companion pieces to This is not a Werewolf Story. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me! I love to exchange messages with readers and I love to see their art. If you are a teacher and are interested in arranging a Zoom meeting with me and your class, I’d love to hear from you.

In the meantime, let’s just remember that we are all the descendants of survivors. It’s hardwired into us. We know what to do. Show up. Do our best. Find the joy...

If you are a parent teaching from home or a teacher teaching online, here is a one-stop post where you can find links to all of the resources I’ve created as companion pieces to This is not a Werewolf Story. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me! I love to exchange messages with readers and I love to see their art. If you are a teacher and are interested in arranging a Zoom meeting with me and your class, I’d love to hear from you.

In the meantime, let’s just remember that we are all the descendants of survivors. It’s hardwired into us. We know what to do. Show up. Do our best. Find the joy...

How to get your novel published

May 17, 2018

If you were wondering how I found an agent and a publisher for my novel, or want to know why I called it This is Not a Werewolf Story, or how my son made it impossible for me to give up, then here’s a short interview with the website that helped me organize the process. The story of how my novel found a home with Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum Books for Young Readers can be found at querytracker.net.

If you were wondering how I found an agent and a publisher for my novel, or want to know why I called it This is Not a Werewolf Story, or how my son made it impossible for me to give up, then here’s a short interview with the website that helped me organize the process. The story of how my novel found a home with Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum Books for Young Readers can be found at querytracker.net.

How to get your novel published

May 17, 2018

If you were wondering how I found an agent and a publisher for my novel, or want to know why I called it This is Not a Werewolf Story, or how my son made it impossible for me to give up, then here’s a short interview with the website that helped me organize the process. The story of how my novel found a home with Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum Books for Young Readers can be found at querytracker.net.

If you were wondering how I found an agent and a publisher for my novel, or want to know why I called it This is Not a Werewolf Story, or how my son made it impossible for me to give up, then here’s a short interview with the website that helped me organize the process. The story of how my novel found a home with Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum Books for Young Readers can be found at querytracker.net.

#TomeCon18 skype

March 13, 2018

This is me before the skyperview. I was trying to figure out where the camera was so I didn’t end up talking to my own little picture in the corner for half an hour.

Here are a few questions the students at #TomeCon18 asked me.  Since I pretty much talked everyone’s ear off already, I’m limiting myself to one word answers (you know, more or less).

A big thank you to the inspiring and thought-provoking students who showed up to spend time with me!

(psst : I am using Georgia font in their honor)

What is your least favorite character in This is Not a Werewolf Story? Vincent.

What is your favorite under-appreciated novel? Hmm. Still chewing on that one. I...

This is me before the skyperview. I was trying to figure out where the camera was so I didn’t end up talking to my own little picture in the corner for half an hour.

Here are a few questions the students at #TomeCon18 asked me.  Since I pretty much talked everyone’s ear off already, I’m limiting myself to one word answers (you know, more or less).

A big thank you to the inspiring and thought-provoking students who showed up to spend time with me!

(psst : I am using Georgia font in their honor)

What is your least favorite character in This is Not a Werewolf Story? Vincent.

What is your favorite under-appreciated novel? Hmm. Still chewing on that one. I...

Raul by a young friend

March 11, 2018

Best part of my job? Other than talking to kids on classroom visits or via Skype, it has to be seeing their artwork. 

Best part of my job? Other than talking to kids on classroom visits or via Skype, it has to be seeing their artwork. 

Raul by a young friend

March 11, 2018

Best part of my job? Other than talking to kids on classroom visits or via Skype, it has to be seeing their artwork. 

Best part of my job? Other than talking to kids on classroom visits or via Skype, it has to be seeing their artwork. 

you won’t be the last person to say no to me

October 1, 2017

I know, it doesn’t really hold up to scrutiny, does it? I mean, as a battle cry, it’s got some flaws. It should be more like, “You’re the last person who will slam the door in my face”, right? Or, “I’ll show you!”  But I’m not that confrontational. Ask my students. They’ve become accustomed to my long sighs and shrugs. 

But it’s pretty much what I said to myself for a long time, every time, when an agent rejected another query for another novel.  I’d yank up my yoga pants and think, this guy ain’t gonna be the one who gets to shoot this horse. And I’d take my tea and a bag of licorice and head upstairs and stare...

I know, it doesn’t really hold up to scrutiny, does it? I mean, as a battle cry, it’s got some flaws. It should be more like, “You’re the last person who will slam the door in my face”, right? Or, “I’ll show you!”  But I’m not that confrontational. Ask my students. They’ve become accustomed to my long sighs and shrugs. 

But it’s pretty much what I said to myself for a long time, every time, when an agent rejected another query for another novel.  I’d yank up my yoga pants and think, this guy ain’t gonna be the one who gets to shoot this horse. And I’d take my tea and a bag of licorice and head upstairs and stare...

Goodreads Giveaway! Enter to win one of 10 signed copies.

July 31, 2017

The paperback is out and in the bookstores. I hope you’ll enter to win a signed copy.  Now through August 20th on goodreads. Did I mention there will be stickers and a bookmark? And there’s a Reader’s Guide too, for readers who like to think and teachers who like to teach.  

The paperback is out and in the bookstores. I hope you’ll enter to win a signed copy.  Now through August 20th on goodreads. Did I mention there will be stickers and a bookmark? And there’s a Reader’s Guide too, for readers who like to think and teachers who like to teach.  

Goodreads Giveaway! Enter to win one of 10 signed copies.

July 31, 2017

The paperback is out and in the bookstores. I hope you’ll enter to win a signed copy.  Now through August 20th on goodreads. Did I mention there will be stickers and a bookmark? And there’s a Reader’s Guide too, for readers who like to think and teachers who like to teach.  

The paperback is out and in the bookstores. I hope you’ll enter to win a signed copy.  Now through August 20th on goodreads. Did I mention there will be stickers and a bookmark? And there’s a Reader’s Guide too, for readers who like to think and teachers who like to teach.