I’m so excited to be interviewed on Cynthia Leitich Smith’s blog today! I answer a few questions about writing, moodling, and the radical act of doing nothing. Check it out and be sure and sign up for the giveaway!

Here’s an excerpt:

As a fantasy writer, going in, did you have a sense of how events/themes in your novel might parallel or speak to events/issues in our real world? Or did this evolve over the course of many drafts?

From the beginning, I knew THE LOST TRACK OF TIME was intimately connected to real-world issues. When I started writing it, I was working for an internet startup. I was constantly on the clock, from morning until night and over the weekends, trying to make the company a success. Everyone was fighting for more time—but no matter what we did, there was never enough. And what time we did have, had to be spent Constantly! Achieving! Results!

If You Want to Write

If You Want to Write

Not surprisingly, THE LOST TRACK OF TIME is about a girl who likes to do nothing. Doing nothing seemed to me like a radical and counter-cultural act. I’m not talking about the nothing where you lie around flipping through TV channels because you’re too exhausted to engage in life.

I’m talking about moodling.

I learned about moodling from Brenda Ueland in her book, If You Want to Write. She writes:

“The imagination needs moodling–long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.”

I agree. When you moodle, you’re quiet, still, and (horrors!) unproductive. You let your mind wander until it becomes calm and curious and open. It’s a space of quiet contemplation and intense creativity.

Want to read more? Check out the full interview here.


THE LOST TRACK OF TIME Now Available in Spanish!

51rUH34mrNL._SX315_BO1,204,203,200_I’m excited to announce that THE LOST TRACK OF TIME will be available in Spanish on December 31! May I present . . . EL REINO DE LAS POSIBILIDADES!

My Spanish publisher, Ediciones Urano, has offices in Spain and Latin America, which means kids in many Spanish-speaking countries (!!) will get to read my book. I’ll never get over how happy that makes me.

I’ve gotten emails from a few readers in Spain, so I believe it’s already available there, but if you want to get a copy here in the States, you can preorder it from all the major booksellers (Indiebound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes).



Lost Track of Time Wins Gold!

NAPPAGold_no_yrI’m excited to announce that THE LOST TRACK OF TIME has been awarded a gold medal from the National Parenting Publications Awards! NAPPA is one of the longest running and most respected awards programs in the country. For 25 years, they have been celebrated as the “go-to” source for parents and professionals seeking the best products for their children and families.

I’m pleased and delighted to be included alongside many other absolutely wonderful books!


“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. . .

Sept. 10 – Round Rock Tween Book Club

I’m looking forward to my upcoming visit with the Tween Book Club at the Round Rock Public Library! If you’re a tween and are now (or would like to be) an expert moodler, please come to the library on September 10 at 4:30. The Realm of Possibility is in danger, and your moodling skills are desperately needed! (If you don’t know what moodling is, I suggest you check out a copy of The Lost Track of Time or read the Fun Facts on my About page . . .)

IMG_0015For a bit more information about the event, visit the Round Rock Library webpage.

Hope to see you on the 10th!

Summer Reading

erickson, hank the cowdog_reading smWhen I was a kid, I spent my summers either swimming or reading — but not at the same time! It makes me happy to think of kids reading THE LOST TRACK OF TIME over their own summer break. That’s why I’m delighted to be included on Lone Star Literary Life’s summer reading list.

Libraries all across the Lone Star State are offering special programs to encourage kids (and parents) to read this summer. Just visit your local library to learn more. Here are some details on all the fabulous events my library is offering:

Makes me wish I was a kid again!

Conversation With My Editor — Tracy Mack

The Lost Track of Time Pages 202-203-smallAre you ever curious about a book’s backstory? This Q&A with my brilliant editor, Tracy Mack, gives you a behind-the-scenes look into what inspired THE LOST TRACK OF TIME. Here’s a taste:

One night, I woke from a dream where two people—a girl in overalls and a tall man with crazy red hair—were having a very animated and interesting conversation. Without bothering to turn on the light, I grabbed a notebook and jotted down their dialogue. And that’s how the story began. 

Keep reading to learn more!


May 9 & 16 – Book Signings

I’ll be signing books two Saturdays in May at my favorite toy store — All Things Kids! They specialize in exceptional, battery-free European and American toys, games, books, and candy. I live a few blocks from their store on The Square in Georgetown, TX, and their selection of books is simply the best. I’m thrilled to be on the shelves with so many of my favorites. Here are the details:

When: Saturday, May 9 – 11a.m. – 2p.m.
Where: All Things Kids on The Square, Georgetown

I’ll be appearing the following Saturday at their Austin location:

When: Saturday, May 16 – 11a.m. – 2p.m.
Where: All Things Kids at The Domain, Austin


See You in Salado . . .

IMG_2558I’m going home! This Saturday, April 11, I’ll be signing books at Fletcher’s Books & Antiques in my hometown of Salado, Texas. I grew up visiting this store and being fascinated by the treasures I found there — old books, antique toys, and exotic trinkets. Come see what you’ll discover…

Many thanks to the Salado Village Voice for their article featuring the event:


Fun Times!

PBritt_launch4It’s official! THE LOST TRACK OF TIME is now out in the world. I had a blast signing copies last weekend at BookPeople in Austin and celebrating with family, friends, and even a few strangers who got caught up in all the fun.

I’m looking forward to doing it all again on April 11th at Fletcher’s Books & Antiques in Salado. Hope to see you there!