Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Today's good news brought to you in part by, Booklist.

... What will grab readers in this first novel is the realistic sense of the diverse neighborhood community, both rough and caring. With lots of fast, immediate dialogue, the characters’ grief, anger, and heartbreaking coming-to-terms are realistic.

Thank you, Booklist!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


I just got awesome news from my awesome editor and it involves KIRKUS! Can you hear me yelling happy things into the streets?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Baby Trouble Comes Home Video

My baby arrived yesterday!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Just Asking

Is it wrong to cut a stranger’s obituary out of the paper because the person has such a sweet face you’d like one of your characters to take after her?

Errr … I didn’t say this was something I did …

Monday, October 18, 2010

This is Why I'm So Quiet

I'm busy working on edits for my second book with a little help from my cute friend. I couldn't resist buying him!

Now back to work ...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I got full Jacket!

I'm busy revising my second book but I wanted to take a minute and post my full jacket. Isn't it gorgeous?! When I was a kid, gorgeous was my favorite word. Nothing was just okay or plain old pretty. No, it was gorgeous! Just ask my oldest friend, Renee. GORGEOUS!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Disney Baby!

My younger daughter is turning sixteen next week and unlike her older sister, she decided she’d rather go to Disney than have a Sweet Sixteen party. Okay. Cool. We went. Besides me passing out for the first time in my life (dehydration even though it was evening-- no sun) and having a reoccurrence of “Alien Face” (mainly just my right eye), we had a great time. We only had two days of crazy, sweat pouring down your back kind of heat and the lines were not bad at all! Most said waiting time was five minutes but they lied. We went right in. My favorite rides were Soarin' and the new Harry Potter ride at Universal. AWESOME! My daughter wore a tiara and birthday pin the whole trip and was sung to at every restaurant we ate in. She had a whole week of Birthday! What’s better than that, my friends?

We met up with an old friend who moved out to Orlando years ago. It was so good to see him even though the last time we met, we were so much younger! A couple of days later, a man named Dave from Fort Worth Texas approached my husband and I as we stood in line to pay for a pizza (um, yeah. I was desperate, okay?! I needed a pizza fix, ANY kind of pizza! Don’t’ be sitting there judging me!) and asked if we’d mind him paying for our meal!


He went on to explain he had the Disney meal plan and was leaving and had some meals left and he couldn’t exchange them for cash so, would we mind?


We laughed a little then tried to say no but he insisted and was so nice (we knew we liked Texans, no offense to the other states of course. I mean, he bought me a PIZZA. Helloooo?) and had a great smile.

So …

We all shook hands and spoke a bit. Dear Dave lives in Fort Worth Texas, as I’ve mentioned, lives on ten acres of land in a Victorian house HE built. *Sigh* Whadda guy. Almost makes me cry.

Can you spot the cover for THE TROUBLE WITH HALF A MOON?

It's a little hard to see but, yes! I was wearing a tank with the cover on it! I made up a couple of them on and I love them. I put the image on the back because I thought people might feel more comfortable checking out (and taking their time) my back rather than, ya know, my front. I also made sure I wore one in the airports. I'll make up a couple of hoodies for the fall. I'll have to think of something for winter. Maybe a sandwich board! I kidd, I kidd.

Monday, August 23, 2010

I am SO not Tyra!

My oldest daughter, who is nineteen, is the photographer in the family. She took my author photo and out of the twenty or so photos, it’s the one I hate the least. You see, the camera does not like me and I do not like it. Thinking I’m having a good hair day, good make-up day, good outfit day? Ha! All I have to do is say cheese and have a picture snapped of me. It is then that the truth will come out of its hiding place and slap me upside the head and say, “think again, my friend.”

Me: “Cheese”

Daughter: *Click*

Daughter: “Ugh, mom, smile with your eyes.”

Me: “HOW? Like this?” *Weird eye thing*

Daughter: “No mom, you look scary. Like this.” *pretty, very photogenic, smiling eye thing* “See; now you do it.”

Me, through clenched teeth: “How’s this?” *Double weird, scary eye thing*

Daughter: “Ugh, terrible and what’s with the creepy teeth thing?” *Click, *click, *click*

Me: “I love how I look in that picture Aunt Michele took of me and daddy that time. Can’t you do it like that?”

Daughter: “It’s out of focus, mom.”

Me: “Helloooo?? I know!”

Monday, August 9, 2010

It's a Small World for Real

Here is a picture of me and Torrey Maldonado, author of Secret Saturdays, taken at the Red Hook Old Timers Day. We both grew up in Red Hook but *cough* *cough* I'm *cough* older * double cough* A-hem. Anyway, one year at the Brooklyn Book Festival, (I think it was there or maybe an email. Can't remember I'm *old-er* remember?) my editor said, "Oh, I want you to meet Torrey, he's also from Red Hook." Well, when we met, we were like wait, what? Our families know each other! And not only that, but they knew each other from when they were YOUNG! What a happy surprise! He's not only my brother from the same publisher, but also my Red Hook brother! How great is that?

Secret Saturday's is an awsome look into the lives and friendships of young boys growing up in a housing project. Yes, Red Hook. If you get the chance, check it out.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Life is Weird, You Know?

Growing up or just trying like crazy to become grown sometimes gets in the way of taking notice of the things you have, like community and belonging. Today, I attended Red Hook’s Old Timer’s Day where I shared laughs, shed some happy tears with people who’ve been absent from my life for far too many years, and hugged numerous others. I came home with a heart full of love for a place that has made me, me and for the wonderful people who were there along the way. It was a good day …

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Warning: Alien Face Ahead

We decided to take a few days off and enjoy the beaches at Cape May, New Jersey. I’ve always loved the beach. Mind you, I do not swim—unless you count the Doggie Paddle. I just love the smell and sounds of the ocean.

I was so involved in reading, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman, a terrific book by the way, that I got a sunburned face (this happened for the first time last year when I was reading The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Guess I’ll learn one of these days). Not only is my face sunburned but it’s swollen. I look like an alien. No lie. My eyes appear to be too far apart thanks to the swelling of the bridge of my nose and my eyelids are fat and heavy and squish down too far over my eyeballs leaving me in a constant squint. My older daughter actually pointed and laughed at me. Never mind that I gave birth to her and housed her for nine months. Oh no, it doesn’t matter at all. She picked up her finger and LAUGHED! My younger daughter was a little more subtle. She asked me not to look at her because she was having trouble digesting what she saw. Apparently, I’m ugly and scary. You know what’s worse? She’s right.

At least I have a new weapon. My face. “Clean your room or I’m going to look at you!” Muhwahhhaaa!

Here's what Booklist says about Saving CeeCee Honeycutt:

Momma always told CeeCee (short for Cecelia Rose) that “being in the North isn’t living—it’s absolute hell.” Of course, having to live with Momma—Camille Sugarbaker Honeycutt, that is, Vidalia Onion Queen, 1951—doesn’t make it any more heavenly, especially when Momma starts standing in the front yard blowing kisses to passersby. You know this is going to end badly, and so it does, when the erstwhile onion queen is run over by a speeding Happy Cow Ice Cream Truck. Before you can say “sweet magnolia blossoms,” 12-year-old CeeCee is sent off to Savannah to live with her elderly great aunt, Tallulah Caldwell, and her wise African American housekeeper and cook, Oletta. It being 1967, you know there will be one dark episode of racial hatred, but it’s quickly—and conveniently—resolved offstage, leaving all the characters free to continue being relentlessly eccentric, upbeat, sweet as molasses, and living, as CeeCee puts it with a straight face, “in a breezy, flower-scented fairy tale . . . a strange, perfumed world that . . . seemed to be run entirely by women.” Light as air but thoroughly pleasant reading. --Michael Cart

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Time for Some ARC Love

I remember telling my editor way-back-when how I’d watch the FedEx trucks pass my house and I’d say, “One day they’re going to stop here with a package from MY publisher.” Well, today that lovely truck did stop at my house and he brought me these beautiful ARC’s! For my non-writing friends, Advanced Readers Copies. These are sent into the world of publishing/reviewers. Wish me luck, my sweet friends.

It was a good day. Happy sigh …


Monday, June 7, 2010

And They Called It Cover Love ...

I am over the half moon (Yeah, so I’m corny. That’s how I like it … a-huh-a-huh) and I don’t think I could be any happier.



Seeing your cover for the first time is something writer’s dream about both asleep and awake. You wonder how you’ll deal if you don’t really care for it. You prep yourself for that. You almost, almost expect not to like it so that you won’t fall so hard. After all, how could another person capture a piece of your dream and make it into something- anything?

BUT the people at Putnam somehow, some way got into my head and took a snapshot! Can you believe it? When did they come? Was I asleep? They’re awfully sneaky … AND talented!

Sooooo a big Thank You to Putnam!

Cue applause …

Thursday, May 27, 2010

So Much to Tell You!

My school visit was awesome! I presented to about forty-nine students and their parents at P.S. 42. The students participated in the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Contest and let me tell you, they are a talented bunch. After Q & A, I was presented with this:

I know! I love it! I almost cried but thank goodness stopped myself.

Mr. Sharkey, the Principal, and Ms. Siblo, the Librarian, are doing a wonderful job. You can feel it the minute you step into the school. It was truly an honor to be there and I hope the students never lose sight of their dreams.

In other news, my new title is ... are you ready?


What do you think? It was weird at first, I admit. But now, I really like it. I just received 1st pass pages yesterday. WhooHoo! It's gettingggggg closer ...

And, in other other news, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, author of  8TH GRADE SUPERZERO (which I happened to love) blurbed my book! I may have fought off tears at P.S. 42 but they certainly won after I read her blurb. I'm gonna give her a big fat kiss when I see her at the Brooklyn Book Festival Mingle next week!

Whew! That is all. I think ...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Plan Change

So, I’m ninety-eight percent done with putting together a presentation for my school visit later this month. I thought it’d be something funny but as I worked on it, I realized I wanted it to be an inspirational presentation (well, that and I’m funnier in my head) and more on the journey of never giving up no matter what your dream may be. I’m very happy with it. Hope the kids will like it too.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Something to Think About

“You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.”

I like this quote so much I think I might pop so I thought I’d share instead since, you know, popping might be messy.

Friday, April 9, 2010


So, copyedits are done and they were painless. I owe that to my editor for doing such a great job during revisions. Next stop, typesetting!

It looks like Trouble is getting a new title. I'm not upset about it. Actually, I'm kind of glad. Whenever someone asks me the title of my book, I think they stop listening after the first two words. I still love the saying though and will always remember the rush I felt inside when I decided to use it for my title. The word trouble will always mean so much more to me.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

First In Line

Trouble No Set Like Rain is up on Amazon! It doesn't have a cover yet but still. Yeah, and I just pre-ordered it. How could I not? Yee-Hahhhh!

Monday, March 15, 2010


I’ve been a lazy bum. That’s it. That’s my excuse for not blogging.

I’m waiting for copyedits and chewing my nails wondering how bad they’ll be. I’ve also booked my first author appearance at a local school! The school librarian contacted me and though I’m nervous, I’m excited too! I’m thinking about putting a humorous Power Point presentation together following my journey toward publication. I laugh thinking about it … I just hope other people will think it’s funny too. Can you imagine if no one laughs or giggles and the only thing I hear are the birds tweeting outside the window? I think I’d fake a fainting spell and only open my eyes again to peek at the audience as I’m rolled out of the school!

So, first thing on my agenda? LEARN Power Point! My kids can teach me…

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Listen … can you hear it? That’s me exhaling. I turned in my revision this morning! Off to do the happy dance ... or, shop or, get a pedicure and/or a massage!