March 2018

Words to My Younger Self

There are moments in my publishing journey where I wish I could go back in time, slip my arm around the shoulders of my 14-yo self, and tell her a few things. One would be to show her the review that was posted today in The New York Times. (To say that it was a… Read more »

Spring Author Festival

On March 18, I joined children’s authors and illustrators Gina Perry, Jannie Ho, Carol Gordon Ekster, Rob Vlock, Heather Lang, Jen Petro-Roy, Lisa Rosinsky (back row),  Sara Levine, Gregory Scott Katsoulis, Sarah Jean Horowitz, and Jarrett Lerner (front row) at the Framingham, Massachusetts, Barnes & Noble (I’m on the far right beside Lisa). We presented our books and chatted with… Read more »

Presenting in Portland, Maine

As I’ve said on Twitter, put me in front of a crowd and tell me to talk about A) my book, B) challenging gender roles in middle grade fiction, or C) castles, swords, and anything medieval (especially medieval Scotland)—or all three—and this quiet writerly type will become a presenter. On March 14, I gave my… Read more »

News Center Maine

Curious what I’m like in real life? Here’s a taste of it: my appearance on News Center Maine’s 207, wherein I talk about The Mad Wolf’s Daughter and, of course, Scotland!

A Launch Party Surprise

If you follow me social media, you’ve probably heard that the threat of snow cancelled my launch party. (That’s part of living in Maine; we get one last burst of winter in March just about every year.) I have another appearance in Portland the following week, so I’m turning that into my launch party. But it was… Read more »

My Book’s Friends

I wanted to share this picture of The Mad Wolf’s Daughter on its book birthday (yesterday), surrounded by books that inspired me: as I came up with the basic idea of the novel, as I was writing the drafts, and as I was working on revisions. These are my book’s friends, books that mean a… Read more »

Recent Interviews

Yesterday was a big day for me: The Mad Wolf’s Daughter was in bookstores at last! I had a brief television appearance on WCSH’s 207, signed stock in a few local bookstores, and was quite busy on social media. These two interviews were posted yesterday, and I wanted to share them because they were fun to… Read more »

Story Bite #6: On Telling Your Own Story

This is an interesting time for me because I’m about to see my very first middle grade book reach the world. As a result of that, a lot of people are asking me questions about myself and how I came to write this book. Writing about yourself is rather different than writing about someone fictional…. Read more »

“My Audience”—A Guest Post for MG Book Village

I had a lot of fun writing this guest post for the great website MG Book Village, which is dedicated to celebrating middle grade fiction. Here are the opening lines: “Most authors have some sense of who their audience will be when they write a novel, and I certainly did with The Mad Wolf’s Daughter: I… Read more »