July 20, 2015

Maddi’s Fridge has just won the International Literacy Association’s Children’s and Young Adults’ Book Award for Primary Fiction.


A picture book is a collaborative effort. In addition to myself, Maddi’s Fridge is the result of the hard work and exceptional talents of i...

May 29, 2015

Every once and a while a nice person will come up to me and tell me about the time they volunteered with or helped the poor. Then they will lean towards me and explain why 40% of the kids in Washington State are on full or partial lunch subsidies and why 50% of the kid...

April 17, 2015

So you’re writing a story and the protagonist wins an award. She gets up on stage — maybe you have her trip on the stairs for humor’s sake or to break up the pacing — and then she begins her big speech. The only thing she can blurt out is, “I’m totally humbled by this...

March 31, 2015




I’m a guest on Janet Lee Carey’s blog, Library Lions this week. Please hop over as I roar for libraries and librarians!


Janet is the author of The Double Life of Zoe Flynn and In the Time of the Dragon Moon, among other great books.

March 12, 2015

What I want to talk about is over-revising your writing.


Oh. Even at my desk in the Seattle area I can hear shouts from New York agents and editors: “Nooooooo! Polish your woooork!”


Ignore them. Some of us perseverate on manuscripts that we need to release. This is a r...

March 1, 2015

They are in front of every store this weekend, but good cookies are just a tip of the iceberg.


In January I got to read Maddi’s Fridge to a local Brownie and Daisy troop. They were about to launch a food drive for their school’s food pantry.


I spoke to them about how M...

February 6, 2015

I remember vividly my first love, The Moon of Three Rings by Andre Norton. The book was on display at the top of a bookcase at my local library. I was already a fan of Saturn, and here was a beautifully colored drawing of a moon with rings.


Yes, I took home...

November 27, 2014

I was very frustrated with my cat, Simba, this morning. Despite a shut door, a squirt bottle, and a German Shepherd for a guard, Simba snuck into my office and attacked a copy of Maddi's Fridge.  



That is his third copy this week. I now have three picture books that I...

October 31, 2014

A few weeks ago I was responsible for tears shed in Washington State, Connecticut, California, and cyberspace.  


Don’t be alarmed; kids do not cry when they read Maddi’s Fridge. I was very careful to ensure that the story gently entertains children. First- through four...

July 8, 2014

I was tagged for this tour by my fellow critique group member and author, Dan Richards. His beautiful picture book, The Problem With Not Being Scared of Monsters (illustrated by Robert Neubecker), comes out in August. I don’t know about you, but I still worry about who...

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