news & events
Sept 4, 2019, Thurs, 6:00— Educators’ Night at The Tattered Cover, Colfax Ave, Denver. Join me and a bunch of awesome local authors and teachers for a fun evening. Open to educators in the area. Call the bookstore for free registration.
October 18-19 (date and times TBD)— Fort Collins Book Festival, Fort Collins, CO. I’ll be leading a chocolatey creative writing workshop (free, registration required). I’ll also be on a panel (details in the works!) Stay tuned…
Nov 22-23 NCTE conference, Baltimore, MD (date and times TBD)— I’ll be co-leading two sessions. Payment and registration for the conference required. Stay tuned for details…
Tree of Dreams is featured as recommended summer reading on Colorado Public Radio!
I’m so excited to announce that Scholastic will be producing an audiobook of Tree of Dreams! I feel really fortunate that they’re involving me in the process… I get to give feedback about the voice actors and I’ll be recording the Author’s Note and Acknowledgments. YAY!
My essay, “Ghost in the Amazon,” has won Gold place in the Women’s Travel category of the Solas travel writing awards sponsored by the fabulous publisher, Travelers’ Tales!
Colorado Public Radio's awesome reporter Grace Hood interviewed me and my writer friends Todd Mitchell (The Last Panther) and Eliot Schrefer (The Lost Rainforest) for a piece on contemporary kids' literature with environmental themes... you can listen to it here. (It's only 4 minutes long!)
My essay "Barren in the Andes"-- about my encounter with a shaman (spitting fireballs at me in Ecuador) whose healing ceremony prompted me to adopt my son from Guatemala-- was anthologized in a new book, The Soul of a Great Traveler: 10 Years of Solas Award-Winning Travel Stories. The book came out in October 2017 (and is intended for adults. ;-) Find it at your local bookstore or order here.
My next book, Tree of Dreams, will be coming out with Scholastic Press on March 26, 2019! It's set partly in a chocolate shop in a small mountain town in Colorado, and partly in the Amazon rain forest of Ecuador. Ages 8 to 14 (and beyond!)
When Coco fears her life in the family chocolate shop is crumbling, a dream leads her deep into the Amazon Rainforest. There she discovers how far and wide her heart can grow.
I'm also working on my first YA speculative fiction book, which I'm really excited about! All I'll say about it for now is that it involves virtual reality and is set on a mysterious island...
My friend, Gloria Garcia Diaz, and I are collaborating on a bilingual picture book-- loads of fun!
I update my blog a few times a year with photos and details of my research, writing, events, travels, creative projects, and of course... vintage trailers. Come look!