Saturday, February 11, 2017

Still working.

Writing a book takes me a long time. There are ALWAYS times when it feels too hard, too unimportant, too lonely. My process seems to be: take a few steps in the dark, fall, lie there, eventually get up, take a few more steps. Slowly, the landscape of the story becomes easier to see, almost knowable. There is a feeling of recognition that creeps in - scenes and notes are coalescing into . . . something.

I once took a writing workshop with Dani Shapiro where she said that, often, we just have to allow structure to emerge from the fog. I have mostly found that there's no other way.

In other news, I may soon have OTHER NEWS.

Happy New Year.

(And yes, I know it's February.)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall (2016)

Small update: New book is at the "typing stage," where I create a long Word file from all of the material I've generated in notebooks. (It's kind of like step three of the five hundred and sixty seven steps.) 

Saturday, January 23, 2016


Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a year of joy, good health, deep friendships and great books.

(I bought this guy at a shop in Brooklyn a few months ago. The back says "timbergram." It's a wooden postcard but I'm not mailing it anywhere because his face makes me happy.)

Monday, October 5, 2015

On the road

The last few days have been a sweet reminder that we are all incredibly lucky that the U.S. has independent bookstores, devoted teachers, hero librarians, and kids who aren't too self conscious to shout their passion for books. And I am so crazily grateful.
(Gorgeous cupcake from the Tweensread festival created by Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston.)

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Goodbye Stranger - Fall Events

Happy September, everyone! Here's some of what I'm up to this fall. 

(MANY of these events include wonderful writers such as Ali Benjamin, Katherine Applegate, Gennifer Choldenko, Louis Sachar, Jenni Holm, Chris Grabenstein, Alice Hoffman, Jeanne Birdsall, R.J. Palacio, Mariko Tamaki, Paul Acampora, Valynne Maetani and Bruce Coville. 

I always BEG to do events with other writers because I think the conversation tends to be more authentic and interesting. Instead of one person saying the same thing she usually says, you get several people crashing their ideas together and, with hope, laughing a little. Please click on links for details.)

September 26 @ 2pm
Rhinebeck, NY

September 28 @ 6pm
Porter Square
Cambridge, MA

October 3rd
w/ Blue Willow Bookshop
Houston, TX

October 5th
Naperville, IL

October 15
NCIBA Trade Show
Children's Author Tea
San Francisco, CA

October 17-18
Austin, TX

October 19
Seattle, WA

October 21 @ 7pm

October 24
Boston, MA

November 8 @ 3pm
New York Society Library
New York, NY

November 19 -20
Minneapolis, MN

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Goodbye Stranger

Goodbye Stranger is officially published today! It's been a long wait, and I am crazily indebted to the family members, friends, and widely scattered, much loved "book people" who have supported me, and this book, for the past three-ish years.

This morning my mom left hydrangeas and a tuna noodle casserole at my apartment door. The day is made.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer. And then after that, Fall.

This will be a pretty quiet summer.

I'll be at the Sharon Summer Book Signing on July 31st. Please come if you're around. This event supports a beautiful town library with a wonderful and dedicated staff.

This FALL, however, will be unquiet. Fall holds many things, including (tentatively) trips to Boston, Seattle, Houston, Kansas City, Chicago, San Francisco, Austin, Dallas, and Minneapolis.

Many of these events will be with writers of books I admire enormously. Obviously these are the best kind of events. I'll provide details as soon as I can.

My new book, Goodbye Stranger, will be published on August 4th - many of the reviews are in. (You may need to scroll down.)

I hope your summer is off to a glowing start. Today I caught my first whiff of what I call "urban summer garbage." Not pleasant, but it's part of the deal.

Fun fact: At one point during the writing of Goodbye Stranger,
I became very interested in this chicken phone charm.
I still consider it a sad failure of imagination that I couldn't get it into the book. 

Luckily, I did get a lot of other weird stuff in.