Secret of the Shadow Beasts

Secret of the Shadow Beasts Launch Events!

I can hardly believe that my third book is about to come out, but in just three weeks, it will be here! To celebrate in this time of the pandemic, I’m holding just two launch events: one Zoom, and one in-person but outside (during which I’ll be masked anytime I’m remotely near anyone). Expect to… Read more »

Spinning the Yarn of Action, Depth, and Meaning

I’ve always loved layering timely topics in the action of my fast-past novels. For the last four years or so, however, I’ve been thinking about how to do even more. Not just weave one timely topic into a story, but many; or to weave one in are a very deep core. I like the analogy… Read more »

Do Strong Fictional Kids Need Help? Maybe.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how we children’s authors depict the children in our books: almost always capable and independent (a combination that prepares them for the adventures we throw at them). For instance, the kids in Secret of the Shadow Beasts are especially capable, and the adults put a lot on their… Read more »

Cover Reveal: Secret of the Shadow Beasts!!

I’ve already revealed Secret of the Shadow Beasts‘s cover on Twitter and the wonderful MG Book Village, but what kind of author would I be if I didn’t reveal it here as well? Here it is, with art by the incredible Vivienne To: For fans of Dragon Pearl and the Lockwood & Co. series comes a swift-moving contemporary… Read more »

Announcing…My Newest Book! (and its street team)

I’ve been waiting to announce my upcoming book for a while, in part not to jinx anything, but also because things can change so quickly in the publishing world. But now (knock on wood), all seems to be progressing as planned. Which means that I can finally share a little about my third book. First,… Read more »