Monthly Archives: May 2014

Research & Writing: Chasing Stories Back to the Source

I’m working on a book about insects for Chronicle Books right now. I’m in science-geek heaven, up to my eyeballs in research, and wanted to share a tip that I think might help other writers – both students and adults.  When you’re doing research and you come across THE BEST STORY EVER, you need to […]

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The End of a Series (and the start of a new one!)

I was at a wonderful writing retreat called Kindling Words when I wrote the last chapter of CAPTURE THE FLAG and thought, “I really, really want to write more books with these three kids!”  As an author, when you’ve had the chance to spend time with three kids from totally different backgrounds whose families are […]

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A Magical, Laughter-Filled Day at Shaker Road Elementary School

I’m winding down my school year when it comes to author visits and spent a wonderful, magical day with the K-4th grade kids at Shaker Road Elementary School in South Colonie, NY today.  Librarian Lisa Berner and her students rolled out quite the red carpet… Lisa and I celebrated with a photo after the last […]

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Thank You, Lincoln Elementary School!

Last week, I spent a wonderful day with the readers of Lincoln Elementary School in Wyckoff, NJ. I was all ready to begin my presentation for the 4th and 5th graders, when they turned the tables on me and announced that THEY would be kicking off our author asssembly with a song celebrating CAPTURE THE […]

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A New Book (And a free Skype writing workshop offer!)

Here’s the conversation I’ve been having lately with my patient editor at Bloomsbury… Kate: Can I share the cover yet? Can I please? Patient Editor: Not quite yet. It’s not done. Kate: But it looks done. And I really, really love it. Please? Patient Editor: Not yet. I promise I will email you a final […]

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Picture Book Math (and why you should write something new)

“I’ve written a Picture Book…”  It’s the beginning of a conversation that I have with people regularly – at writing group, at a school or conference or in the grocery store.  And please note that my capitalization of the words “Picture Book” is intentional.  This Picture Book is a proper noun in the writer’s world. […]

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Want to Write a Great Villain? Look Inside…

“Are any of your characters you?”  The question comes up in virtually every school author visit and Skype Q and A session I do with kids who have read my books.  And the answer is tricky.  No, none of them.  And yes…all of them.  The truth is, I’ve never written a character I can point […]

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