• Post-Launch Hibernation

    Whew! November and December were such a whirlwind of book-launch activity that I went into hibernation post-launch. So first, let me congratulate the winners! Jenn, copy of the bookTiffany, copy of the bookBetty, copy of the bookKarine, copy of the bookSarah, crochet gift from Mountain ColorsHallie, knit gift from Mountain ColorsPamela, virtual consultation or author… Continue reading

  • See You in One Hour!

    The Virtual Launch Party for Best Friends Playbook begins in just one hour! You still have time to register. I’ll read from Best Friends Playbook, we’ll have a Q&A, and I’ll announce the winners of the prizes (remember, you’ll be entered just by registering for the event). My publisher, Kiri, will also be there to… Continue reading

  • One More Chance to Win

    It looks like most of my fans practice screen-free Sunday, so, I’ve extended the entry for the 55-minute virtual visit until 3pm MST on December 13. You still have a chance to win by entering your email, visiting the virtual launch event, or commenting on the blog. Bonus fun question: What’s one of the weirdest… Continue reading

  • Tonight’s the Night!

    Get ready to party! Join us tonight for a LIVE virtual event. I’ll read from Best Friend’s Playbook, we’ll have a Q&A session, and the winners of the prizes will be announced. As a bonus, my publisher, Kiri of Chicken Scratch Books, will stop in to say hi! The event will run from 5:30-6:30pm PST6:30-7:30pm… Continue reading

  • You could win a virtual chat with me!

    If you enter today, you’ll have a chance to win a 55-minute virtual story consultation OR a 55-minute or less virtual school visit. I’m looking forward to meeting you! Football plays a huge roll in Best Friends Playbook. The main character’s favorite team is the Green Bay Packers (inspired by my husband). Do you follow… Continue reading

  • Let’s Get Yarny

    I can spin more than one kind of yarn! Enter today to win a skein of Mountain Colors yarn with an accompanying pattern. For today’s fun question, have you ever taken a class or tried a hobby that you weren’t very good at, even though you enjoyed it? My great-grandmother crocheted me a pink afghan… Continue reading

  • The Party Begins!

    Enter today for a chance to win a signed copy of Best Friends Playbook! And for fun, tell me, do you/did you have a particular book that really inspired you when you were a kid? What was the book, and why did it inspire you? I’m not sure if there’s one book that particularly inspired… Continue reading

  • You’re Invited to a Virtual Celebration!

    Register for the live event Monday, December 13 at 6:30pm MST. We’ll have an author reading, a Q&A, and announce the winners of the drawings. When you register for the event, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a signed copy of Best Friends Playbook. Visit the official entry form each day during the event… Continue reading

  • Virtual Book Launch for Best Friends Playbook

    Beginning Friday, you can enter to win one of three prizes. Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t allow me to embed the entry form on the website, but you can visit the entry form here. Friday: Enter to win a signed copy of Best Friends Playbook. Saturday: Enter to win a skein of yarn from Mountain Colors with… Continue reading

  • Win a Skein of Mountain Colors Yarn and a Mitten Pattern!

    The main character of Best Friends Playbook takes a crochet class during the book, so Mountain Colors generously donated a couple of door prizes (one for the in-person party and one for the virtual event). Want to see what the prizes are? So do I! Come to the in-person event this Friday for a chance… Continue reading

  • One Week Countdown!

    Best Friends Playbook comes out in ONE WEEK! So mark your calendars for December 10. To celebrate, I’m hosting two book launch events. TWO! One in-person, for those who happen to be in the Billings, Montana area next week, and one online for everyone who can’t make it in person. I’ll post more details throughout… Continue reading

  • Meet the Author of Best Friends Playbook

    Pre-order now from Chicken Scratch Books. Coming December 2021. Continue reading

  • Favorite Character

    It’s that time of the year when people all over the United States dress up. Not in fancy dress necessarily, but in make-believe dress. So my question for you is if you were to dress up as a favorite character, which character would you dress up as? I might pick Luke Skywalker because he’s been… Continue reading

  • One Week Countdown

    One week until Best Friends Playbook is available for preorder! Curious what the book is actually about? Here’s the blurb from the back cover: What do touchdowns and tea parties have in common? Absolutely nothing. Eleven-year-old football superfan, Hannah Taylor, has watched her friends leave the homeschool group one by one. It was okay, at… Continue reading

  • Two Weeks until Preorder!

    I just finished editing my marketing video for (drumroll please) my book! Get ready because it will go live for preorder at the beginning of November. I’m working on getting some author events lined up. I will hopefully be able to do some in-person events, but those are always subject to change in these uncertain… Continue reading

  • A Few of My Favorites

    Here are the titles of a few of my favorite Korean shows thus far:  Memories of the Alhambra (AMAZING! There were actually a few unexplained things in the plot and worldbuilding, but the story was so good, I didn’t care. I generally don’t like horror because it feels kind of icky, but I like the thrill/excitement… Continue reading

  • Nonlinear Storytelling

    Another thing I’ve really enjoyed about Asian shows is the nonlinear storytelling. (I noticed a bit of nonlinear storytelling in the Chinese shows I watched, too.) It was a little confusing at first, but once I got the hang of it, I really enjoyed it. In both my undergrad and my graduate programs, I studied hypertext narratives as a… Continue reading

  • Better Endings

    I started watching Korean shows because they were fun and so I could try to learn Korean, but as I watched I noticed some really interesting storytelling differences from what all the western stories I’ve read and watched have been. Now, storytelling does go through trends and phases just like fashion and home design, so bear that… Continue reading

  • What I’ve Been Doing for the Last Year

    (at least part of it) Well, I haven’t been around much for the past year due to some health issues. All the bed rest gave me lots of time for trying out some new shows. A Korean show kept popping up on my streaming platform as a recommended show, so I gave it a try. I’ve been… Continue reading

  • Open for Business

    Hello all! I have exciting news: I am finally realizing my dream of being an editor! Beginning in March, I will be offering my services as a developmental editor. For more information (and to get an estimate for your project), see my new Editing Services page. My Journey to Editing As a teenager, I was… Continue reading

About Me

I have always loved writing stories, but I was surprised as an adult to learn I love teaching as well. I hold a B.A. in Digital Writing and an M.F.A in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Fantasy has always been my first love in literature. Superheroes and science fiction also hold a special place in my heart. My favorite audience is middle grade readers, but I enjoy young adult fiction as well.


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