Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe

You want VOICE? Here's VOICE. Cover copy: "All her life, Cricket's mama has told her stories about a secret room painted by a mysterious artist. Now Mama's run off, and Cricket thinks the room might be the answer to getting her back. If it exists. And if she can find it." The expectation set, readers … Continue reading Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors – Perfect Picture Book Friday

As we prepare to do battle in the name of science on Earth Day tomorrow, I thought I'd put the spotlight on the legendary battles being played across the country, the ones happening in school yards, classrooms, and perhaps during dinner when children are challenged to eat their vegetables, no matter how odious.   Picture … Continue reading The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Dialogue Me, Baby

So I’ve got this group of characters hanging out together in the crowded living room of my novel, and they just can’t keep a reader awake. What might I be doing wrong? Am I using them to explain the story? Yes? Busted! The agent/editor accuses—amateur!—and throws the manuscript into the can. Or maybe my characters … Continue reading Dialogue Me, Baby