Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Red Hook Initiative

Tomorrow, I'll be a guest panelist at the Red Hook Initiative for their Annual Women's Career Day from 6 - 8pm. This year's event is titled: "I want to Be Like You!" They're expecting between 20 and 30 young women to be in attendance and I might just hug every one of them!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Will Read 4 Food

Way back when THE TROUBLE WITH HALF A MOON was nothing but a tiny thought in the back of my head, I knew that I somehow wanted to use it to help combat childhood hunger. For those of you who haven't yet read my book, childhood hunger plays a big part in it.

I wasn't sure how I'd do any of this but now I do and  I'm excited to introduce you to a new kind of author visit: Will Read 4 Food.

Please hop on over to the "visits" page for the details.

And please, help me spread the word.

Thanks for reading, I appreciate it.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Goodreads Giveaway

WhooHoo! I'm giving away five signed books over on Goodreads! Feeling lucky? Yeah? Then go check it out:

Please feel free to spread the word!

What Diversity Means to Me

I'm so honored and grateful to Ellen Oh for starting an awesome new blog series called: "What Diversity Means to Me." Ellen has graciously asked me to be first up. So, stop by and find out exactly what Diversity Means to ME!

There's also a chance you could win a copy of my book, THE TROUBLE WITH HALF A MOON.

See you there!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Kony 2012

I've just spent about 30 minutes watching a life changing video. It is of utmost importance that you watch it as well. You see, there is a devil living inside Uganda STEALING children and forcing them to do unthinkable things. UNTHINKABLE.

Plain and simple: He Needs to Be Stopped.

So, grab a cup of coffee and have a seat. We've got a roach to catch in 2012. Please watch this video and help shine a light on Kony. Those children are our children and the time is now.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Ellen Oh Speaks the Truth

My friend, the awesome Ellen Oh, wrote a fantastic piece on her blog about diversity and YA book covers. I've never said any of what I'm about to say aloud before but like a snow globe full of emotions, Ellen's post just shook it all up for me.

If you've been to a bookstore recently, you'll know what I mean when I say that sometimes, I find it hard to look at the YA shelves. I know, that sounds terrible but I want you to know it has nothing to do with the authors who've worked so hard on their books. For those of you who don't know, an author has no real say in what their cover will look like.

Back to why I find it hard. For the most part, all the book covers look alike-- all white models. I mean, that's okay but where is the love for others? Does everyone have long flowing hair or white skin?

What's sad is that when I was a kid, I just never expected to see anyone who looked like me or my family inside a book. There were no dark skinned grandma's and grandpas with thick Spanish accents or aunts and uncles who danced salsa waiting patiently on the page for me.  I automatically assumed the characters I was privy to were well, white. And you know what? I was right.

It's unfair, really. No matter what people think, this does something tricky to kids. It might not be obvious to the eye but it's there. Usually, lurking deep down inside. Am I good enough?

All this to say that Ellen's piece is a must read. Here's a little of what she says:

"We need to teach our youth the beauty of diversity. Beauty does not come in only one color. It does not come in only one size and one shape. And maybe when our teens grow up exposed to diversity, then they will grow into adults who embrace it."

Thank you, Ellen.

Please check out Ellen's post here: