Children’s Book Diversity: Getting the Numbers Right

I’ve thought a lot about the 2018 Diversity in Children’s Books infographic since it was published in June 2019. I put together a Twitter thread about my thoughts on it this past spring, but given the important conversations we’re having (i.e., finally paying attention to) about diverse representation in publishing, I wanted to share my…

Autumn, is that you?

We turned off the air conditioner yesterday and opened the windows, as temps peaked in the comfortable high 70s with a lazy breeze. We kept them open as we slept last night, drifting off to the sound of crickets and tinkling wind chimes. We woke this morning to chilly toes and arms sticking outside the…

Spires Virtual Reading on September 20th

Good morning, world. I’ve got some fun news for your Monday morning! My writing group, the Frederick Writers’ Salon, is hosting a virtual reading on Sunday, September 20th from 3:30-4:45 p.m. for our latest anthology, In the Shadow of the Spires: A Collection of Noir Tales from the Frederick Writers’ Salon. Join our talented authors…

Nurturing Non-Writing Hobbies

By a show of hands, who here today is a writer who fits their passion for storytelling into the spare spaces of their life? *raises hand* Yeah, me too! In fact, there was a time when writing was ALL I did during my free time because it was all I wanted to do. I was…

Why I Don’t Review Books as a Writer

One of the most important ways to support an author—aside from buying their book—is to review the book online at sites like Goodreads, Amazon, or LibraryThing. Reviews give books “street cred” in that the more reads and valid reviews a book has, the more it appeals to potential readers as a quality published work. Of…