Books and Authors

Mazza Wednesday

It’s midweek at the Mazza Museum! So, let’s not waste a moment getting to the highlights of this event-packed day.  The morning began with a delightful keynote address given by Florence Minor.  While her previous Mazza appearances have been as her illustrator/husband’s sidekick, today Florence addressed an audience eager to learn more about her life and […]

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Mazza Tuesday

Just in case you’ve been sleeping …  I’ve been in Findlay, Ohio this week attending the 2012 Mazza Summer Institute.  And just in case you’ve had your head in a hole in the ground, Mazza is the world’s largest collection of art from children’s literature. And the funnest place on the planet. Especially this week. […]

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Mazza Monday

Well, the first day of the 2012 Mazza Summer Institute has come and gone.  And what a Monday! The first keynote speaker?  Carmen Bernier-Grand, three-time winner of the Pura Belpre Award and a tiny powerhouse of encouragement and inspiration.  As a child, Carmen was scolded by her older sister for staring at people, but Carmen […]

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Ohio’s Best-Kept Secret

Imagine a place where everyone in the room adores books the way you do.   A place where illustrations from children’s books, classic to modern, line the walls, and the chatter around you buzzes with words like “artist,” “create,” and “literature.” Are you dreaming? Probably not.  You’re likely in Findlay, Ohio.  Now you probably think I’m […]

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In Memory of a Bookstore

It’s been two and a half years since my first book was released. I’m thankful for many things.  To name just a few:  the enthusiastic readers I’ve met, my fellow authors (especially the first-class crowd of Ohio authors) who support and cheer one another passionately, and the fact that the book is still in print! […]

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I Found My Agent at the Mall

I’m really not much of a mall shopper.  I tend to gravitate toward small shops and neighborhood stores.  But there’s something so wonderful, so magical about the mall – any mall – at Christmastime, I could spend hours there.  From Santa’s house to a Winter Wonderland to the massive ornaments and decorations, I don’t need to spend […]

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SCBWInspired!

I may be more like the cattle on my farm than I dare to admit.  It’s taken me a couple of weeks to ruminate and digest all that I took in at the 2010 SCBWI Confernce in Los Angeles.  I’m at a disadvantage to my bovine friends, as I possess only one stomach.  And, unfortunately, […]

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The Beef Princess of Practical County

This blog evolved from the publication of my first novel, THE BEEF PRINCESS OF PRACTICAL COUNTY.  It’s a middle grade novel for readers age 9 to adult.   It was released in hardcover in April 2009 by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.  The paperback release is set for Summer 2010.  I needed […]

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