Children's Book Author
Author of a bunch of cool books
AND new books coming in 2023 & 2024! Stay tuned!
Running Press Kids/Hachette Books
Lizzy’s struggles to adjust when events don’t go according to plan are easily relatable in this coming-of-age journey that celebrates embracing the messiness of real life.
. .delightful details create a similar air to recent quirky classics such as Sheila Turnage’s Three Times Lucky.
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
. . .Lizzy's search for signs may be something anxious kids relate to and will hopefully inspire them to reach out to those around them. A good conversation starter for discussions on emotional and mental wellness.
I grew up in the snowy city of Bangor Maine. When I wasn’t building award-worthy snow forts and making snow angels, I spent a lot of time reading. I also liked writing poems and stories. I wrote my very first picture book, Fredfoot the Frog, in second grade. Although it did not get published, I did receive a “great job” sticker from my teacher.
writing (of course!)
My first published children's story appeared in Spider Magazine. It's called "Not-So-Ordinary Cows". Since then I have published three picture books (Abrams Books For Young Readers 2005, 2006, 2008) and two middle grade novels (Holiday House 2012) and my latest, Lizzy and the Good Luck Girl (Running Press Kids/Hachette, 2018). My work has also been published in Highlights Magazine.
I live in Massachusetts with my husband David and a giant poodle named Bailey. We have two grown-up daughters who don't live at home anymore but come to visit when they can. My dog Bailey keeps me company when I write but sometimes barks if too much time passes and he's not getting enough attention. Here he is dressed up as a cat in a sweater for Halloween. It's an homage to my novel Lizzy and the Good Luck Girl. If you want to know why that is, you will have to read the book to find out!
I don't like:
I also like:
the color blue
friends & family
running with my dog
weeding the garden
More Fun Facts
Sushi, pizza, chocolate & salads are my favorite foods
I sing quite badly to my dog
I get lost very easily
I really wish I could spot an owl
I'm terrible at remembering birthdays & names
I'm really good at word puzzles
I can't stand the sound of someone eating an apple
I love spending time on the water on Cape Cod
I was an extra in the movie School Ties
My favorite place I've visited is South Africa
SHOW DON’T TELL
Using writing tools including dialogue, action verbs and our five senses students will learn to add punch and excitement to their writing. Pulling ideas from my “think outside the box” box the students participate in a fun and interactive “show don’t tell” writing exercise.
BUILD A STORY
Using a variety of story prompts, students will create the beginning paragraph or chapter of their own story.
THE WRITER'S LIFE
Where do my ideas come from? How do I find inspiration? Drafting, character building, setting & revision will also be discussed.
$125 / 45 minute session
(max 4 sessions per day)
NOTE: All Author visits include a reading & Q & A
Travel fees may apply
Meet the Author ~ FREE 20 min Q & A
For classrooms that are reading or have read Lizzy and the Good Luck Girl