Help for those who lost so much

I know loss. I lost my home once to a fire. I lost my home once to an earthquake. I don't know what it's like to live in Puerto Rico where everyone around me lost everything, too. I do know how it feels to have no place to go that is safe. To have no... Continue Reading →

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How I Got My Literary Agent

My friend Monica sat across the table from me. We noshed Cheesecake Factory bread and butter after having a few drinks during our 1-½ hour wait to be seated. “I still haven’t written the how I got my agent blog post,” I said. “You have to,” she said. Her hair was pulled up and she... Continue Reading →

NY Times Bestseller List

One of the things I LOVE about kid lit is how tight and cool the community is. I've emailed, interviewed, and am actual friends with (some all 3 others not) 3 authors on this list of 10. I've read books written by most of the rest. I'm not bragging, I want you to know even... Continue Reading →

The end of year good stuff list

2016 was erratic, challenging and awesome. Since I'm an optimist, I'm going to talk about some of the awesome. Perhaps optimism will scare away some of the craptacular bits and they'll never return. I made friends. Real good, make me smile, and excited to see them friends. Writing and creative friends. Got an agent and published friends.... Continue Reading →

PitchSlam Team Obi-Wan and the Wookies

This morning I woke up and found I made the PitchSlam Kimberly Vanderhorst team Obi-Wan and the Wookies and I immediately began shaking and crying tears of happiness. Thank you Pitch Slam Jedi masters for taking the time to create this contest, for reading and critiquing all the entries sharing your feedback and rocking the Force in... Continue Reading →

Promising Pages

I wanted to pass along some information about Promising Pages upcoming "Bookie Awards" where they will be honoring literacy efforts in the Charlotte community. They have categories for local author and local children's author among others. I hope you can help spread the word and perhaps even nominate a deserving person or two. Promising Pages... Continue Reading →

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