Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Starting a New Chapter ...

"I can't go back to yesterday  -- I was a different person then"

                                                                                          Lewis Carroll


All my life I dreamed of having a book published ... my dreams came true in 2008. I had no idea what I was doing, but quickly figured out having a book FB page and a website would help ... and -- oh yeah -- getting out there and meeting people ... people who were interested in my books, people who wanted to talk about their books, people in the industry .... it was overwhelming but really fun.  The best part was going to schools and reading to kids ... and it was absolutely touching to read to adults and bring some to tears.
At times I'd feel like quitting ... at times I cried because I didn't get into an event or win some contest ... BUT ... when I'd get in front of kids and read -- their faces and smiles and questions and laughter always made me realize why I was doing what I was doing ... to share a piece of my heart with them and inspire them. 


 I never thought about what would happen or how I would feel if I couldn't do book events anymore. But, my world came crashing down a few weeks ago when I heard my publisher closed it's doors.  I had just found about 30-40 book events that I wanted to participate all through 2017. I spend hours searching for things .... it was now time to order stock for the year when I called my marketing rep and it went to voicemail. I decided I would email them and try and send them a message through their newly designed automated system.  But their site was down.  I tried calling back and the number was disconnected.  I tried again and again ... and I began to realize things were not right ... In a few minutes I was FB messaging some of my author friends ... we came to realize that our publisher had closed it's doors and left us out to fend for ourselves. My heart felt as if it had been crushed ....

But, I'm starting February with a FRESH outlook and do not want to dwell on the past ... I'm so grateful for all of the people I've met along my journey ... here are a few ...

Me and Jen Carle
Elaine Littau, Jane Harber, Jane Yolen, Sandra Biersdorfer, Alan Bourgeois, Katherine Boyer, James Warhol, Lynn Sheffield Simmons, Aileen Stewart, Ted Kerasote, Clifford, Debbie Dadey, Kinsy McVay, Patty Wiseman, Jen Carle, Robin Witt, Stephen Bagley, Edward Hancock, Greg White, R.L.Stein, Curious George, Kevin "Special K" Daley,
Virginia Wright, Diedre Harry, Cristy Bertini, Dellani Oakes, Charla Pavlik,  Jessica Dougherty, Ilyasah Shabazz,  Kristy Jarvis, Susan Earl, Kathryn Falk, Michelle Fewer, Cindy Nord, Spot, Karina Harris, Steven Newman, Brandy Herr, Kim Miller, Waldo ... and sooooooooooo many more!

Tucson Festival of the Books

Also -- I want to thank everyone who has supported me for many years ... all of my friends at St. Joan of Arc School in Chicopee .... where I held my VERY FIRST BOOK EVENT!  And my buddies at the Manara Academy ... who allowed me to talk about being an author for Career Days!!!

Mass Reading Assoc Dessert
My husband Steven has always been there believing in me and always encouraging me to write that next story that is stuck up in my head!  My daughter has been an inspiration ... my first book event was on her 16th birthday and I got to do a debut reading of A Simpler Time at the Massachusetts Reading Association Dessert With Authors and she was there to share that moment with me ... one I will never forget and hold deep in my heart!

Central Massachusetts Children's Book Festival
For those of you who don't know ... A Simpler Time is about Ashley.  There is a continuation of that story in my head -- but I want to make sure it is absolutely perfect ... and it will be written -- someday!

Texas Word Wrangler Event

I am beyond thrilled to be starting my 2017 off with a new publisher.  I'm thrilled beyond believe that they will be republishing my past titles and my new titles will be with them as well ... my books will be published under their Outlaws Kids label.  I look forward to the 3rd Muffin book being released in 2017 as well as my first Jr. Chapter Book entitled The LOST Tooth which is part of my Kidspiration Series.

Here is the press release announcing my new CHAPTER!

  Press Release from Outlaws Publishing

I can't go back to yesterday ... all those things I hold dear in my heart -- but I am a different person now and I need to continue on this journey and I hope you will continue to follow it with me .... and I hope to do many more events like these ....
Richardson, TX Library

 Yes -- I met HIM! A COVER MODEL
         and ... he bought my books for his kids!  lol!  Readers & Writers Roundup - Dallas, TX

Cindy Nord, Me & Katherine Boyer
Readers & Writers Roundup
Aileen Stewart - Kentucky Book Festival

Vegas Valley Book Festival

Baltimore Book Festival
Ashley and Forrest Fowler

East Texas Book Festival - Sandra Biersdorfer

Perryton Craft Show -- Elaine Littau
Robin's Nest Montessori School
Red Goes To Kindergarten DEBUT

Trevor Douglas - from American Idol
Azle Main Street Arts Festival

The Thinkery - Austin, TX


  1. What a great new door that has opened for you! I am so excited to watch you grow as a writer and a person!

    1. Thanks Katherine!!! I appreciate your support for all these years!!! : )

  2. :) If I could, I would post the picture of you and me at Duncan. It was great meeting you in person where I discovered you were just as awesome in real life as you were online! I wish you much success with your new books and with your old books made anew! :)

    1. All my pics with you are on FB and I didn't have any in my picture file!!! You are a great friend and I am so lucky to have met you! I don't think I have ever laughed as HARD at a book event as at that one in Duncan! Your books are amazing and I am ever grateful of your help with this VERY website! Which ... by the way ... could use some sprucing up! lol!!!