Sept. 23 – It’s a Party!

Join me in celebrating the official release of WHY AM I ME?! There will be a party at BookPeople in Austin on Saturday, September 23 at 2:00pm. All are welcome! There will be a read-aloud and chances to ask your own BIG questions. I can’t promise any answers, but there will be cookies!


April 19-20: TLA Conference

Every year the Texas Library Association has an extraordinary conference full of the best people on earth — book lovers! This year’s conference is in San Antonio, April 19-22. I’ll be there attending various events and participating in a few myself. Come by and say hi! Here’s my schedule:

A real live F&G of WHY AM I ME?

Wednesday, April 19
12:15pm-1:15pm / Room 221CD – Panel: What’s New With Texas Children’s Authors & Illustrators
4:00-5:00 / Room 007A – Speed Dating & Librarian Meet & Greet

Thursday, April 20
12:00-1:00 / Author Area / Aisle #5 – Signing F&Gs of WHY AM I ME




May 5-7 – Retreat

In addition to being a writer, I’m also a meditation teacher. I find a profound and enlivening connection between contemplative practice and the creative process.

This May 5-7, I’ll be offering a yoga/meditation retreat at The Writing Barn in Austin. I’ll be teaching alongside yoga instructor and musician Cindy Novelo. This will be a time for both meditation and movement, silence and song. Here’s a taste of the music that inspired the retreat: Hard Times Come Again No More

To learn more and to register, please visit the event website:

Mention reading about the retreat on my website and receive the early-bird discount. Hope to see you there!

July 10 & 12 – Austin & Dallas Events

Schl Summer Road Trip Social #2Summer is for reading! And for road trips! Put them both together and you get the Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip.

The Scholastic Reading RV will be cruising through Texas and making several stops along the way. I’ll be joining them for the following events in Austin and Dallas:

* July 10 – BookPeople 2-4p I’ll be there along with Varian Johnson & Jennifer Ziegler.
* July 12 – Half Price Books (5803 E. Northwest Hwy. Dallas) 4-6p Come see Jennifer ZieglerEric Barclay, and me!

There will be costume characters, giveaways, a photo booth station and lots of fun activities — all to celebrate summer reading. I hope you and your kiddos can join us!

“Meditation for Writers” Class

I started writing THE LOST TRACK OF TIME while on a meditation retreat. Each morning I sat in silence, connecting to my breath, until I uncovered the quiet in my own mind. I spent the evenings writing and eventually the sitting and the writing cleared a path through all my nagging doubts and a story began to emerge — a story about a girl, pressed for time, who discovers the Realm of Possibility.

Meditiation_for_writers_webOver the years I’ve kept up my meditation and my writing practice. Both have taught me how to work with the noise in my mind and to connect with the silence there as well.

This November, I’ll be offering a meditation class on Sunday afternoons at The Writing Barn in Austin. I want to teach and encourage others to “write from the quiet.” The class will take place over four weeks to allow participants the opportunity to develop (or deepen) their own meditation practice. Here are the details:

When: Four Sunday afternoons in November – 11/111/811/15, and 11/22
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Where: The Writing Barn
10202 Wommack Rd, Austin, TX 78748

Check out The Writing Barn’s website to sign up or learn more. . .