Upcoming Events

Sherman's Bookstore Appearances

Date/Time: July 4, 2018, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

Place: Sherman’s Bookstore, 128 Main Street, Freeport, Maine

 

Date/Time: July 14, 2018, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Place: Sherman’s Bookstore, 49 Exchange Street, Portland, Maine

 

Date/Time: July 21, 2018, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Place: Sherman’s Bookstore, 158 Main Street, Damariscotta, Maine

 

I’m doing a series of appearances at Sherman’s Bookstores, Maine’s locally-owned chain, starting in May. Sherman’s has always been an important bookstore in my childhood, and I’m delighted to go back to these fantastic indies in this way.

Author Chat

Date: August 6, 2018

Place: Lithgow Public Library, Augusta, ME

Details: Author presentation and chat

I’m thrilled to have been invited to join the Lithgow Public Library’s middle school Book Club on this day. It will be so much fun to have a meaningful chat with a group that’s discussing my book!

MG/Kids Panel

Date: August 8, 2018

Place: Books-a-Million, South Portland, ME

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Details: Panel discussion

I’ll be joining other authors for a panel discussion on children’s fiction. Right now, the group includes Jennifer Jacobson, Reza Jalali, Jarrett Learner, and Susan Tan.

Author Talk

Date: August 19, 2018

Place: Casco Public Library, Casco, ME

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Details: Library presentation

I’ll be talking a bit about how I came up with The Mad Wolf’s Daughter, then read an excerpt. And then the audience and I will look into the layers of a Norman castle’s defense (with examples I’ve visited) and design our own castles!

Nerdy Evening with Authors and Illustrators

Date: September 28, 2018

Place: Morse Street School, Freeport, ME

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Details: Book signing and meet-and-greet

I’m honored to have been invited to join nErDcampNNE for its annual “Nerdy Evening with Authors and Illustrators” this year. nErDcamp is a fantastic conference for educators who work with literacy and reading designed by those very educators who attend. I’ve always wanted to be a part of it since reading about the early ones in Michigan from educator superstar Colby Sharp, and I’m delighted that we have our own nErDcamp up here in northern New England. I can’t wait!

Past Events

Postponed Talks: Sadly, even authors get sick. I had to postpone my June 6 and 7 school talks in Jay and Farmington because of illness. I’ll be rescheduling those in the new school year.

Latest Visits: I had a great chat with 6th graders at Greely Middle School on June 13. On May 16 and May 9, I returned to Mast Landing School for Author’s Lunches with 4th graders. Then May 9 and May 11, 2018, were Skype visits with the wonderful 5th grades at Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School in Elburn, IL, and Creek View Elementary School in Alpharetta, GA, where both classes of students asked incredibly good questions.

Author Events: A summary, as I’ve been busy! On April 27, I chatted at Mast Landing School in Freeport, Maine, with a fantastic group of 5th graders and did a wee reading; then on April 28 celebrated Independent Bookstore Day at Briar Patch Books in Bangor, Maine.

Jumping back a bit: On April 12, I spoke to four classes of 6th graders at Lyman Moore Middle School in Portland, Maine; on April 13, I chatted with Mrs. Mooreman’s 5th graders at Orange Brook Elementary School in south Florida by Skype; and on April 18, I visited the Thomas Memorial Library’s Writers Accountability group, then gave a public presentation about villains, heraldry, and Norman castle defenses.

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