NOTE: I don't post to this blog super-duper often anymore, because I'm busy writing, well, books. (Read more about that here.) For more up-to-date, day-to-day ramblings, visit my Facebook page.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

New Site Really Is Coming

Construction worker, Tennessee, 1942
It seems I've made promises like this in the past, but this time it's for real. The wonderfully creative Denise Biondo is creating a brand-spankin'-new website for me as we speak. It will actually be something more than a lingering yet slowly dying blog. We should have it up in the next 3 weeks, give or take. You'll be able to find it at

AND at

Look for  book news, bios, fun stuff, free stuff, giveaways, and more--plus a stunning design by Denise herself. I'm really excited to share it!

So stay tuned! In the meantime, I'm still hanging out at Facebook:

and at Twitter:

See you soon at any of the above!

photo courtesy of wikimedia commons. Public domain.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Cherished MG Books

Today, my fellow middle-grade writers and I over at The Lucky 13s are waxing sentimental about our favorite reads from childhood. It's a magical time to get attached to books, which is why I think writing for this age group is so important. If you're my age, you may remember reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing for the first time.

If you're my daughter's age, your life was never the same after your first glimpse of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. And if you're ten years old right now, well--what? What's the best book ever?

Head on over to The Lucky 13s to read about the books we loved and read as kids.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Why Old-Timey Books Matter

Did you ever read a story written in 1912? How about a story about 1912 (the year the Titanic sank)? Historical fiction of both kinds makes for the only kind of time travel we can (currently) engage in: the armchair type. (*SIGH*) Today over at the new blog Corsets, Cutlasses, & Candlesticks, I give my Top 3 Reasons why you should read old and old-timey books. There are some great reading recommendations, too. So go on. Get yourself over there.