• Happy Book Birthday to The Cassandra Curse by Hope Bolinger

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ It’s release day for The Cassandra Curse by Hope Bolinger! I got to read an advanced copy of this book, and it was super fun. It’s a little different style of book that I generally gravitate toward, but I still really enjoyed it. I get the feeling that when my sister was in junior… Continue reading

  • The Packers Lost

    Aww, well the Packers lost. But stay tuned because I think it would be really fun to have some sort of live event around the SuperBowl. I’m still figuring out what that would look like, but sign-up on my email list for more details! P.S. This has been a really fun football season to follow! Continue reading

  • You Could Win a Copy of Best Friends Playbook!

    There’s still time to sign-up for a chance to win a copy of Best Friends Playbook–if the Packers win tonight, of course! For the playoffs, I’m giving away a copy of my middle grade novel, Best Friends Playbook, to members of my email list every time the Packers win (the main character is a Packers… Continue reading

  • Play-off Give-away

    The Packers are in the playoffs! Since The Packers are Hannah’s favorite team (the main character in Best Friends Playbook), we should celebrate! If the Packers win the game on Saturday January 22, I will give away a signed copy of Best Friends Playbook to a random member of my email list. If you aren’t… Continue reading

  • 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

  • My Favorite Ways to Shop Small, Local, and Made in the US

    This may not seem writing related, but authors and small publishers are small businesses, too. I like to support other small businesses. I also grew up in a small business, so it’s close to my heart. Remember that shopping small, local, and made in the US helps other families like you to stay afloat in… Continue reading

  • Meet the Author of Best Friends Playbook

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

  • A Publisher I Can Agree With

    I like to shop local, small business, and made in the US. That’s one of the reasons I love the model for Chicken Scratch Books. Chicken Scratch Books direct markets to schools, libraries, and homeschool groups. While you can find the books at some of the major, national retailers, that’s not where Chicken Scratch puts… Continue reading

  • Best Friends Playbook Available for Pre-Order!

    Da da da da! The day has finally arrived! Best Friends Playbook is available for pre-order from Chicken Scratch Books. Official release date is December 10, just in time for Christmas. And as promised, here is the amazing cover! I love the fact that this is the only contemporary novel I’ve ever written, and it… 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

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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