Sunday, December 1, 2013

New Christmas Story for American Girl Magazine

I was happy to get an invitation from American Girl Magazine to contribute a holiday story this year.  As usual, the illustrations are lovely, bright and happy.  This story focuses on a girl who gets a little carried away with holiday cheer.  (Just as I did tonight, thanks to Cyber Monday.)  Happy holidays to all!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

One Book, One Glendale--November 21st!


   I'm honored that my hometown library has chosen THE AVIARY as this year's choice for One Book, One Glendale.  Students (and others!) who have read THE AVIARY are invited to the Glendale Central Library auditorium on Thursday, November 21 at 7 p.m.  I'll read a selection and show some of the weird and wonderful discoveries I made while researching the book.
   It was while volunteering in the Verdugo Woodlands school library that I first became inspired to write novels for young people.  So it's a particular pleasure for me to be back in the library again, meeting with G.U.S.D. readers again.  I hope to see you there (and sign your book, too).
Glendale Central Library
222 E. Harvard Street
Glendale, CA 91205
   

Glendale Central Library Auditorium
Address:
Google Map
222 E. Harvard St., Glendale, CA, 91205, United States
- See more at: http://sunroomdesk.com/event/one-book-one-glendale-for-younger-readers-the-aviary/#sthash.Gdz9Ujk7.dpuf

Glendale Central Library Auditorium
Address:
Google Map
222 E. Harvard St., Glendale, CA, 91205, United States
- See more at: http://sunroomdesk.com/event/one-book-one-glendale-for-younger-readers-the-aviary/#sthash.Gdz9Ujk7.dpuf

Glendale Central Library Auditorium
Address:
Google Map
222 E. Harvard St., Glendale, CA, 91205, United States
- See more at: http://sunroomdesk.com/event/one-book-one-glendale-for-younger-readers-the-aviary/#sthash.Gdz9Ujk7.dpuf
   

Friday, May 3, 2013

One Terrific School Visit

The 5th grade students in Mrs. Downer's class at La Crescenta's Fremont Elementary were a delight to visit.  Each student gave their own interpretation of THE AVIARY's silhouette cover illustration (see above) and came prepared with a thoughtful question.  I had a wonderful time and hope they all did too!

Pasadena Litfest--Saturday May, 11th, 2013

KIDS: Magic and Mystery for Middle Grade Readers! (11:50am-12:40pm)
Magic & Mystery for Middle Graders!
Magic & Mystery for Middle Graders!
Middle grade readers are invited to meet favorite authors who weave magic and mystery into their stories for readings and conversation! Featured guests include James Riley (Twice Upon a Time), John Stephens (The Fire Chronicle: The Books of Beginning 2), Kathleen O’Dell (The Aviary), Lin Oliver (Double Crossed #3, Sound Bender #2: The Shadow Mask), and Theo Baker (Sound Bender #2: The Shadow Mask)! Moderated by Rosalind Helfand. (Octavia Butler Stage at Pasadena's Central Park; 275 S Raymond Ave Pasadena, CA 91105)
Signing hosted afterwards at the Once Upon A Time bookstore booth.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

She's here!


She's Julie, a San Francisco girl from the '70's. And she is in big trouble!



Sunday, February 24, 2013

Taking Time Out for THINK DAY


I know that I need to write every day to keep a book rolling, but there are some times that I am forced to skip. School visits usually knock out a writing day, as do unexpected domestic "emergencies"(pug dog corneal abrasion, anyone?) But my recent schedule now requires me to take every Tuesday off, so I have come up with a way to use it in the service of my book without actually writing. I call Tuesday THINK DAY. That's the day I put aside for all the little nagging questions of plot or frustrations with scenes that drag, etc. I can think about all this stuff in my car as long as I don't distract my mind with talk radio or news or loud music.(I listen to music at teenage volume--for the energy; not because I need a hearing aid...yet.) THINK DAY seems to be working okay so far. It's a way to stay on Writer's Island even as I keep my commitments, tote children to dance lessons and all that jazz.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Book Love in Pasadena

I'm impressed at how creatively California area kids, teachers and parents express their love of books. Just last month, I visited with a bunch of students at Eliot Middle School in Altadena who brought their pajamas, sleeping bags and books for a library sleepover. On Friday evening, February 1st, I'm joining with kids and mystery writers for some sleuthing at Pasadena's Field Elementary. Earlier that afternoon, I'll be sharing secrets of the writing life (along with writers Leslie Margolis and Kevin Emerson) for Blair Baccalaureate in Pasadena. Hooray for eastside L.A. County readers!