April 2, 2018

I started seizure medicine a week ago. (If you’re wondering why, check out this post for the back story).

I have been resistant to seizure meds for the last twelve years since my first seizure—my seizures are infrequent enough (and in my sleep) that I don’t have to give...

March 12, 2018

If you’ve followed my writing for a while, you know that it often centers around sharing my personal experiences of health challenges and family addiction. I shared here that writing LIFELINE was a coping mechanism—helping me find hope and healing through creativity. I...

February 26, 2018

Over the past few weeks, I've interviewed several musicians and artists who've shared about their own creative lifelines and the impact those lifelines have had on their broader communities.

This morning, I’m so excited to interview Jessica Craft, founder of Rock to the...

February 19, 2018

When I was 26 and newly pregnant with my second child, I made the decision to go back to school to earn my MA in English. When I told this to people, they had a variety of opinions about it (namely, “Are you out of your mind?”), but once Charlotte was born and school w...

January 29, 2018

In the January edition of my author newsletter, Writing by Heart, I wrote about how music inspires my creative process and shared links to the specific songs that inspired Eli, Red, and Libby. To hear these songs AND read a free sample of LIFELINE, subscribe to my news...

January 8, 2018

Music has always been an important part of the creative process for me. When listening to music in the car or while running, it’s not unusual for the lyrics to inspire emotion that ends up turning into a scene. In fact, part of my prewriting process is to create a play...

December 11, 2017

On this snowy day, I'm lucky enough to sit down with my friend and fellow children's writer, Bernadette Ziemba, to talk about her new project, "AMHA Dolls Made with Love and Soul."

A: Bernadette, tell us a little bit about yourself and this awesome new project.

B: I'm a...

December 4, 2017

When people read a synopsis of LIFELINE, one of their first questions is often, “What inspired you to write this story?”

They mean a story about addiction, about heroin abuse and overdose, about the slow and painful process of recovery.

What’s true is that there are very...

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