My Books

Reader-in-House

Over the weekend, I read the entire latest draft of the sequel to The Mad Wol’f’s Daughter to my 11-year-old son (aka the Lad). He was building amazing things in Minecraft (no, not sitting there paying attention to nothing but the book for ten hours—though more than once he paused and just listened). At the end… Read more »

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 »

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 »

“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 »

Musings on Publication

I’m a week out from the publication of my debut novel The Mad Wolf’s Daughter. And I’ve been reflecting on how I got here, and what it’s meant. I’ve been writing novels since I was 14 years old. My early novels were fantasy adventures, and I had my characters do things that I dreamed I could… Read more »

Now Presenting…My Book Trailer!

I’m rather chuffed at how well this came out. See what you think! Thanks so much again to Antonio Javier Caparo for the art that is making these first glimpses of my book sing!

Castle Scenes: Part 3

This is Part 3 and final installment of a series of posts about how I’ve been inspired by Scottish castles to create scenes in my novels. We visit Dirleton Castle in Dirleton, East Lothian for this one. Here I introduce Lord Faintree’s solar: The solar is where the lord, lady, or master of a castle lives. It’s… Read more »