Monday, March 16, 2015


My new book is now available!

Summer McKay is beside herself when she impulsively invites the class know-it-all to her sleep over. At the party the know-it-all takes control, leaving Summer to feel like an outsider. Surely the results of her impulsive act can't get worse, or can they? In an effort to regain control of her own party, Summer's mouth flies open and a lie jumps out. She informs the girls that she has a show dog: One that wins ribbons. Can it get worse? Only if Emily, the know-it-all, tells the teacher about the dog and Summer is invited to bring her ribbon-winning dog to class.

Now available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Ft. Osage Young Author Workshop

Table where books were sold and autographed
Working with a classroom of students

Closing Session and Certificates
Once again I had a great experience at the Fort Osage Young Author Workshop.  I got to share with fellow authors (and illustrator), Ann Ingalls, Anola Pickett, Steve Rideout, Maryfrances Wagner and Greg Fields. This year I worked with third and fourth graders. The kids always surprise me with their creative thoughts and ideas.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Note to self: Continue to encourage kids to read and write!

Note From Student

Thank you, Christopher. 
Yes, I love to read and write.

If this doesn't make it all worthwhile, I don't know what does!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Talk at Spring Branch Elementary School

This morning I had a wonderful opportunity to visit with a "fun" third grade class at Spring Branch.  They were great listeners and asked some good questions.  Since the class has
One for Fun
a blog, I've been able to follow some of their individual posts. It's exciting to see them grow in their .writing skills this year,
One for Real!