I grew up in Salado, Texas, population 900(ish). My family had no television, so I spent all my time either inside reading about magical worlds or outside pretending I lived in one (which of course I did). To this day, the “super powers” I developed growing up in this small town are what I rely on as a writer—a love of books, an attention span in keeping with the pace of life, and a sense of wonder in the natural world.
I’ll be returning to Salado to give a talk about how my life as a writer was inspired and informed by growing up there. I’ll be at Barrow Brewing on August 26, from 4:00-5:00. Come by, say hi, grab a beer and a book. I’d love to see you there!
I’m thrilled to be a guest teacher for a weekend intensive at The Writing Barn in Austin, Aug 2-5. I’ll be offering a class called “Breathe Deep. Write Deep. Meditation for Writers with Busy Minds.”
Meditation isn’t about quieting the mind. It’s about changing our relationship with the noise we find there—the nagging doubts, constant comparisons, and never-ending to-do list. It’s about noticing the distractions and letting them go, only to discover the silence underneath them all. That’s where our stories come from . . . Join me as I teach you how to connect with your own creativity and allow your ideas to emerge and gently shine both on paper and in life!
Other faculty include the fabulous Bethany Hegedus, Cecily Sailer, and Claire Campbell.
Sign up by July 1 for early-bird pricing!
WHY AM I ME?
I’m so pleased to announce that WHY AM I ME? was selected by the International Literacy Association (ILA) as a 2018 Notable Book for a Global Society. Every year, the ILA selects twenty-five books that help promote understanding across lines of culture, race, sexual orientation, values, and ethnicity. This outstanding list of books was developed “to help students, teachers, and families identify books that promote understanding of and appreciation for the world’s full range of diverse cultures and ethnic and racial groups.” Books like these make the world a better place!
One of the most exciting things for me as a writer is having my work translated into other languages. It’s a thrill to imagine children from other countries reading my work in their native tongue. I’m thrilled to say that WHY AM I ME? has been translated into Spanish and will soon be available in both Japanese and Arabic!
I’m so pleased that WHY AM I ME? is included on four Best Books lists for the year: Publishers Weekly, Chicago Public Library, Shelf Awareness, and Kirkus Reviews. Check them out yourself and learn about all the wonderful children’s books published in 2017!