To download chapter 1 for a sneak preview, CLICK HERE!
To download chapter 1 for a sneak preview, CLICK HERE!
As National Foster Care Month is wrapping up its last week, I came across this image on Twitter: The words gave me pause. Who will tell the stories of children in foster care? As a social worker, I know that every child has a story to tell, and every child deserves to have someone listen. I have looked at some of the kids I have worked with, and have been humbled by their bravery, their courage to grow and flourish despite some of the terrible trials and adversity they have gone through. And yet, despite the scars, both internal and...read more
Many people have been asking what Finding Pony is about. I am in the process of developing a page specifically for the book, in anticipation of the September launch (yeah!). But in the meantime, I thought it might be fun to show you what my original query looked like, when I was in the process of getting an agent. And without further adieu… Kids in Bravo Hills trailer park usually have to grow up fast and fifteen-year-old Jesse Sampson is no exception. With a meth addict for a mom and drug dealer for a stepdad, Jesse spends most nights...read more
Yesterday I was leaving a client’s home when I got the text from my publisher that the ARCs (advanced reading copies) were in, and did I want to come by and get one? Yes. Yes please and thank you very much. It is really a surreal experience to hold the book you wrote in your hand. I still can’t quite get over the feeling. Countless hours of thinking, imagining, drafting, writing, and revising, all coming to life in actual paper and ink. I leafed through the pages and told my husband, “It feels like a real book.” He...read more
It’s Friday! It’s Friday! Such tremendously good things are happening around here. For one, it rained yesterday, and for those of us who live in California, any kind of precipitation is a pretty big deal, y’know. (Dear Lord, please send more.) It was like a May miracle, seeing those precious droplets of moisture create puddles in my street, and the thunder was like music to our ears. In an hour I leave to meet my running buddies for lunch, then tonight I get to go to the book club I just started attending with some really...read more
Happy Friday everyone! And happy First Day of May! (Wait…is that a thing? I’m not sure if that’s a thing…) But what IS a thing is National Foster Care Month! Yay! As an adoption social worker and having had worked in CPS, foster kids and their well-being is a very big passion of mine. So I am so glad we have the entire month of May to bring awareness of kids in foster care, what is important to them, their issues, and ways to make their lives happier, safer, and more secure. I hope to do some fun things on my blog...read more
“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.” ~Robert Frost When I first started taking my writing seriously, I joined a writing class, led by my (now) very dear friend and prolific best-selling writer, Bonnie Hearn Hill. Everything writing skill I learned in there was invaluable. In the very beginning, she has us write a passion list. What is a passion list, you ask? It’s just a list, written in a small amount of time, of things that are important to you, things you are passionate about. The theory is that if you write...read more
My inspiration for today and one of my favorite quotes. J.R.R. Tolkien was a genius. Giving myself permission to be creative today, and hoping the same for yourself. Magic is everywhere, if you are not afraid to look. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)MoreClick to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn...read more
Today marks the end to National Library Week! I may be a little late to the game, but I celebrated by visiting my local library and checking out some books for my thirteen-year-old daughter. I love everything about libraries–the smell, the books, the librarians. The endless possibilites of all the new stories lurking in the shelves, just waiting to be discovered. And so, a profound thank you to each and every public library in existence for providing us with their services–and a thank you to our government for continuing to...read more
Consider this. In 2009, approximately 3.3 million child abuse reports were made involving over 6 million children in the U.S. That’s a lot of children, and that only reflects a very small portion of those cases that actually were reported to authorities. There are four types of child abuse: physical, sexual, emotional, and neglect. Believe it or not, but neglect often times has the most devastating psychological effects on a child. As sick as it sounds, when you are beaten or sexually abused, at least you are getting attention. As a...read more
Meet Bear, Buster, and Minnie. These little guys seem to know just when I am headed into the office to write. They don’t ask for snacks, don’t need to be driven to piano lessons, and always are supportive of my writing! Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)MoreClick to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on...read more