Upcoming Events

Author Talk

Date: April 12, 2018

Place: Lyman Moore Middle School, Portland

Details: School presentation

In this presentation, I will talk about being an author and doing historical research into the medieval world, perform a brief reading in character, and give students a real-like taste of what it’s like to create a story—and then revise.

Explore Medieval Scotland…With Me!

Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Place: Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth

Details: Open to the public

Websitehttp://www.thomasmemoriallibrary.org/

For this presentation, join me as I introduce my book, perform a brief reading, and then work with the audience to create a medieval villain, and design a heraldic flag, and create defenses for a Scots-Norman castle!

Independent Bookstore Day

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018

Time: TBA

Place: The Briar Patch, Bangor, Maine

Details: Open to the public

I’m delighted to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with one of my favorite bookstores in Maine! The Briar Patch has been a children’s bookstore for most of its life, and has an incredible selection. It’s a gem in downtown Bangor.

Author Talk

Date: June 6, 2018

Place: Spruce Mountain Elementary and Middle Schools, Jay

Details: School presentation

I’m thrilled to be presenting to Jay schools! In this talk, I’ll discuss what it’s like to be an author and do historical research into the medieval world, perform a brief reading in character, and give students a real-like taste of what it’s like to create a story—and then revise.

Author Talk

Date: June 7, 2018

Place: Cascade Brook Elementary School, Mount Blue Middle School, Farmington

Details: School presentation

And on this day, I’ll be going to another nearby town in rural Maine to present to Farmington schools! As with my June 6 talks, I’ll be describing author life, medieval research, perform a reading, and do my popular Create a Premise exercise. I can’t wait!

Past Events

Spring Author Festival: On March 17, I joined a fantastic group of children’s authors (Carol Gordon Ekster, Jannie Ho, Sara Levine, Gina Perry, Heather Lang, Jarrett Lerner, Sarah Jean HorowitzJen Petro-Roy, Rob Vlock, Gregory Scott Katsoulis, and Lisa Rosinsky) at the Framingham, MA, Barnes & Noble. I loved talking with the kids who came up to my table—and met quite a few exceptionally strong 9-year-old readers! And it was great fun to meet these other authors (including some I’ve known but online for a long time).

Author Events: I had a wonderful time talking inspiration, tough girl warriors, and all things medieval at Print: A Bookstore on March 14, 2018; then my school author talk at Waynflete School on March 15.

Book Launch Party: Sadly, my book launch party planned for March 7 was cancelled due to the threat of snow. That’s what we deal with in Maine in March (we seem to get a blizzard every year this month).

Media Appearance: I had fun meeting Amanda Hill of 207, a program on WCSH (Channel 6 for locals). I chatted about being a Maine author, my love of Scotland, a bit of what my book’s all about!

WriteOnCon: On February 9 – 11, I was a presenter at this online children’s writers conference with a blog post and more. Great fun!

World Read Aloud Day 2018: It was so much fun to present to schools during World Read Aloud Day (and a few days beyond) this year. I talked with Lindale Middle School in Maryland, Baker Middle School in Michigan, Richmond Hill Elementary School in Georgia, and Wayne Cox Elementary in Texas. Thank you so much to each of those schools. Your 7th and 3rd grade classes and the whole 5th grade I presented to were fantastic. I loved hearing about the books that students are reading, and their great questions.

Author Talk: I was thrilled to have been invited back to Memorial Middle School in South Portland, Maine, on December 6, 2017, to chat with this year’s 6th graders about what it’s like to be an author. This event included a giveaway of The Mad Wolf’s Daughter ARC to one student in each of the five classes I presented to.

Author Talk: December 7, 2016, Memorial Middle School, South Portland, Maine