SUGAR AND ICE Skype-with-your-class offer and Blog Tour Links

Because a December book launch means snowy roads, busy schedules, and holiday craziness, I’m only doing a  handful of in-person book signings for SUGAR AND ICE, but I have been doing some virtual travels.  It’s been great fun to share a sneak preview of SUGAR AND ICE and tell some of the writing and revision stories behind it in Skype visits with classrooms.

If you’re a teacher or librarian who would like to schedule a free 20-minute behind-the-scenes SUGAR AND ICE lunchtime chat with your students to talk about writing, research, & revision, just drop me an email at kmessner at and we’ll find a date.  No need to read the book ahead of time – I’ll share a short excerpt with kids before we talk about writing. I’m making these special SUGAR AND ICE chats available through January & then going back to my usual policy of free Skype chats after a class or book club has read one of my books.

A few people have also asked that I share the full list of guest blog posts and interviews I’ve done this month as a reference for teachers, since there’s a lot here about the writing life, research, revision, and even a little math!  Here’s the rundown so far:

Writing About Fibonacci with Greg Pincus at Gotta Book
Parent-Kid Relationships in MG/YA Literature with Laura Pauling
A Sense of Place in Writing with Janni Lee Simner
Research & the idea that sparked SUGAR AND ICE with Jen Petro Roy at Stacked Books
Student Athletes & Literary Role Models with Carol Rasco at Reading is Fundamental
An Interview at The Reading Zone
Balancing Life and Figure Skating with IceMom
A Look inside My Writing Room at Jennifer Bertman’s Creative Spaces
Advice for Reluctant Writers at Jo Knowles’ blog
Interview with Jill at the O.W.L. for YA blog
Winter Inspiration with Terry Lynn Johnson
For parents who write: Including kids in research & writing with Mary Ann Scheuer at Great Kid Books
Researching skating, bees, and maple season for SUGAR AND ICE with Samantha Clark at Day by Day Writer
SUGAR ON SNOW SUGAR AND ICE: A Revision Story with Sherrie Peterson
A Letter to My Younger Self with Anna Staniszewski