Taking Time Away To JUST WRITE

Things have been busy in my world lately with all the promotion of BRAINSTORM! and the upcoming release of WHATEVER COMES TOMORROW, not to mention several more books in various states of negotiation and contract prep. It’s ALL the wonderful kind of “busy,” but it has left me with little time to do what I love the most: WRITE! So, thanks to my fabulously supportive husband, I was able to carve out 3 1/2 days in an isolated cabin up in the woods at the Highlights Foundation campus in PA. I spent the entire time writing new drafts, revising old drafts, journaling/thinking about new stories, reading and eating (the food there is phenomenal and the best part is I don’t have to cook any of it!) I wrote a poem while I was up there, so sharing it with you here. This pretty much sums it up:

I’m Famous! (Well, locally anyway!)

I was a print journalist for many years, but never have I been on the other side…until NOW! So fun to be interviewed by my hometown online ‘zine, the Summit (NJ) Patch! You can read all about it HERE.



Librarians Know How to PARTY!

I had such a great time at the New Jersey Association of School Librarian’s Conference in Atlantic City this month! I met a TON of amazing librarian superheroes AND got to hang with some of my favorite book author peeps! Here are a few pics from the event:

My Poem, “Spring Training,” Published in Blast Off Magazine!

One of the ways I get through the LONG wait between books coming out, is to send off my poems to various children’s magazines. Yesterday I was delighted to receive my contributor copies of the November 2022 issue of Blast Off magazine (one of The School Magazine publications, a magazine for 9-10 year old kids in Australia!)

This poem was originally created as part of a Poem-A-Day Challenge I participated in April 2020. The word prompt was “Mosquito.” 🙂


Cover credit: illustrator Mariona Cabassa and designer Sarah Soldano

I mean, doesn’t that cover just say it all?! Isn’t it GORGEOUS!!! And if you think that’s stunning, wait until you see the rest of it! I am so grateful that Mariona Cabassa agreed to illustrate this project. It is truly magical.

To learn a little more about the book and its creation, head over to author Vivian Kirkfield’s blog, where she so generously hosted the cover reveal. AND check out this BEAUTIFUL trailer that Barefoot Books created…

I can’t wait to share the book with you all on MARCH 7, 2023! For more info about the book and to see some interior spreads, visit the Whatever Comes Tomorrow book page.