Eight years ago, my kid came home from school with a book from an author visit. We’d pre-ordered it. I’d carefully written my son’s name on the form. But when my son received the book, it was signed, “To Frank.” My son’s name is not Frank. And yet, this author’s (super understandable) mistake launched an […]
With Edward and Annie launching on March 1 and Saints of Feather and Fang hitting stores April 19, my promotional-organizational skills are being stretched! So, this landing page promises to help curate the fun places and ways I get to talk about these amazing animals and their stories. First up: CBS Chicago features the penguins and […]
New Books This Spring!
I’m thrilled to announce that I have two books releasing in Spring 2022: Edward and Annie: A Penguin Adventure (Tommy Nelson, in parnership with the Shedd Aquarium) and Saints of Feather and Fang: How the Animals We Love and Fear Connect Us to God (Broadleaf Books). Yay for animal themes! Edward and Annie follows the adventures of two viral-sensation […]
Introducing: The Helper Hounds Series!
Last month, the first two early-reader chapter books in the Helper Hounds series launched. WooHoo! It’s been terrific hearing from those who’ve enjoyed reading the helpful adventures of Sparky and Penny. I’m particularly grateful to Priscilla Alpaugh for her amazing illustrations (so fun!) and to Keith Garton and Red Chair Press for believing in the stories of […]
Introducing: Generous Kids
A little over a year ago, Andrew DeYoung, my editor at Beaming Books, came to me with an idea. Would I, he asked, be interested in writing three books, for three age groups around the SAME idea–namely, generosity? I loved everything about the project: the challenge for me as a writer (could I come up with […]
Introducing: Grit and Grace
Last spring, my editor asked if I had time to work on an article with a quick deadline. I didn’t. After all, I was surrounded by friends I see only every two years, smack-dab in the middle of my favorite conference: the Festival of Faith and Writing. But, the article sounded fun. And easy enough. […]