books, goals, illustration, MG books, writing

Best. Surprise. EVER.

The interns started howling with excitement today when they unpacked the mail--look what we got a lovely big box of!!! (Yes I can too end a sentence with a preposition.) I keep thinking about seven years ago, when I started this goofy little story in our creaky old house at the top of Cemetery Hill...and… Continue reading Best. Surprise. EVER.

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books, MG books

Book Review: After Zero, by Christina Collins.

After Zero, by Christina Collins. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, September 2018. We all say things we wish we could take back -- the stupid joke no one laughed at, the mispronounced word, the awkward conversation with a crush. They're the comments that haunt you at night, the ones that replay in your mind's eye over and over until… Continue reading Book Review: After Zero, by Christina Collins.

books, illustration, MG books

Cover reveal: THE BOATMAN

Isabel Wixon is weird. Not only does she see dead things, but her list of friends consist of a talkative ventriloquist’s dummy and the gentlemanly spider that lives in her hair. Real friends? Too hard. Inventing friends is much easier. Inventing the Boatman—a terrible monster that lures kids into a strange sleeping sickness and never… Continue reading Cover reveal: THE BOATMAN

art projects, books, freelancing, illustration, MG books

Extraordinary Sam Cover Reveal!

Just finished up a really fun project for an upcoming book called Extraordinary Sam  (by Kevin A. Springer, published by BookFish Books) ... I got to do the cover art! It's a super fun middle grade novel about an ordinary boy (what? You were expecting maybe something more than ordinary, for some reason?!) who stumbles into an amazing… Continue reading Extraordinary Sam Cover Reveal!

illustration, writing

Illustrations and Character Designs

Just thought I'd share some illustrations for a story I wrote called The Haunted Serpent... I didn't plan to do illustrations, since it seems like publishers aren't exactly overjoyed at hearing "I'm a brand-new unpublished doofus AND I drawed you some purty pitchers!!!!!"....but I've been reading so many fun chapter books lately with creative visual… Continue reading Illustrations and Character Designs

Uncategorized, writing

Writer’s Digest “Dear Lucky Agent” contest — Many Will Enter, Few Will Win!!

I always wondered why commercials for contests when I was a kid always said that about many entering, few winning... I mean, was that supposed to be motivational, somehow? "Your odds suck, kid!" That always talked me right out of trying. I think it was kind of a downer message in general, really -- "A… Continue reading Writer’s Digest “Dear Lucky Agent” contest — Many Will Enter, Few Will Win!!