FAQs

What are the names of your daughters?
Sarah Elise
Laura Anne
Kyra Leigh
Caitlynne Victoria
Carolina Grace
(And yes, I have used their names in my books. So there.)

What are three good bits of advice for writers who want to publish?
Read like crazy.
Write every day.
Listen carefully  to criticism.

Was getting your MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults worth your time and money?
The further I get away from graduation (’08), the more happy I am that I pursued this degree. I had excellent teachers, wonderful classmates, and I laughed. A lot. I’m also quite glad that I went to school at Vermont College. Woot woot!!!!!

Is the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Conference still going on?
It sure is. Our next conference is the second full week of June. I’ll get info up as soon as I get things more confirmed.

What are a few of your awards?
Utah Arts Original Writing Contest, Nebraska Golden Sower Award, ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant YA Readers, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, PEN Award Nominee, Children’s Literature Choice List, “HM” for Newton Books Best Books of the Year, IRA Teacher’s Choice book, Selected Book for the Social Studies, Five-star Amazon Books Reader’s Review, Top Ten Romance Book for Booklist, Book for the Teen-Age New York Public Library List, Children’s Book Council Showcase, AML Winner Children’s Category, Top Ten Barnes and Noble Book, Book for the Teen-Age List New York Public Library List, PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship, Whitney Award, Scholastic Book Pick for Humor, Audie Winner, and has had books on many state reading lists.