Blood Moon, Writing and Millions of Women

Blood Moon is upon us! My newest book, this one a young adult novel aimed at middle school and high school students, was released in January. I’m very excited! The book is geared for reluctant readers and is meant specifically for high schoolers and middle schoolers who might be struggling readers or are the type …

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We Go High… and Low

For much of my career I’ve had the distinct honor to write in a genre, or style, I’m incredibly proud of. That genre is “high/low”. If you’re a children’s or young adult librarian you know all about high/low books. If you’re a teacher, or a reading specialist, you’ve probably heard of it, too. For the rest …

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Wiffle Ball and Childhood Inspiration

Boredom was a regular part of life growing up in small town Princeton, Minnesota. My family didn’t have cable TV until I was well into my teens, personal computers were just starting to be a thing, and my cries for an Atari game system went unheard by my parents year after disappointing year. The 70s and 80s were …

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Casey Takes to the Cape

September has quickly come and gone. As a teacher, it’s safe to say that September is perhaps the craziest, busiest and fastest month of the year. What seems like only days ago – returning to work, a week of meetings, seeing friends after months away from school – is now well in the rearview mirror …

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Part-Time Author (and other songs Stevie Wonder never wrote)

Posed with the question of whether he’s a full-time author, successful children’s novelist Kurtis Scaletta writes on his website, “I am not, and know few authors who make a living at what they do, though some bolster their writing income by doing a lot of school visits, going to writer’s conferences, etc.” Writing as a full-time profession …

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July in the Books

As I’m writing this, my family and I are 10s of thousands of feet above North Dakota or Montana or whatever other state might be on the flight pattern between Minneapolis and Seattle. We’ll be spending 12 days exploring Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks, taking in the northwest coast, and enjoying the cities of …

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Busy June

The arrival of summer has brought with it the chance to spend more time on my writing. And June was definitely a busy month. Between finishing the final drafts of my YA supernatural thrill for Lerner and devoting many hours to the continued promotion of Casey KC, I’ve been putting in a lot of time at …

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Casey KC goes to Kansas

Recently I grabbed my boxes of books, jumped in my minivan and headed south on interstate 35 to Kansas City. I was on spring break from my elementary teaching job and I had decided months ago to spend that time promoting my latest middle grade novel, Casey KC, in the Kansas City area. Casey KC …

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