Monday, November 28, 2016


In an effort to keep things simple and better organized, I'm moving my blog to my new website. If you're a regular reader of my literary ramblings, please start looking for my posts here.

Thank you & Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Enrollment is Open!

Enrollment is now open for my upcoming online course with the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. INTRODUCTION TO WRITING PICTURE BOOKS is an 8-week course that introduces new writers to the world of picture books! Through the course, we'll talk about idea generation, structure, character development, language, the balance of art and text, and revision. Everyone will work on their own quarter project and engage in creative writing exercises. And this all happens in a safe environment where folks can exercise their creativity!

What better way to start off the new year than with a meaningful and fun learning experience! Click HERE for more details.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


This year, my local SCBWI chapter (SCBWI Central-Coastal CA) is doing a special event for its reading community and “published and listed” members (PALS). I'm proud to be a part of this event and love the idea of supporting local charities, encouraging reading and helping booksellers and authors promote their books. From their website:

This holiday season you can share the joy of reading while supporting local authors, independent booksellers, and charities alike when you purchase titles from the list below as gifts or as a donation to a worthy cause.
Our goal for the month of November is to support local bookstores in the Central Coastal region
as well as our booksellers’ favorite charities,
and share books by our Published And Listed authors' and illustrators’.
​Purchase one or more for gift or charity!!

​You may order books using the PALS for the Holiday's Order Form posted on their website.
Attend a Special Event! Help support our local PAL's by stopping by any of the stores below Saturday, November 26!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Book Promotion Ideas on EMUS DEBUTS

Today on EMUS Debuts, I share some book promotion links that I've found helpful as I move forward in planning events for my upcoming book releases.

Book promotion can be a bit mind-boggling for many authors (including myself!). Each book requires its own special promotional events, so my hope is to share resources and help other writers who are experiencing that feeling of "swirling the drain" as they plan for their book release.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Book Release--LIKE MAGIC!

Over at EMUS Debuts this week, we're celebrating the launch of Elaine Vickers's middle-grade novel, LIKE MAGIC! Author Jason Gallaher asked the EMUS if we had any significant friendships that had changed our lives. Of course, I just had to talk about my husband, Mark.

Read Jason's piece here (and get to laugh at my high school homecoming dance picture!)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Happy Halloween!

 I just wanted to remind folks of this terrific Halloween event being put on by Curious City. What a great way to put stories into the hands of children! Read all about it here!

Or better yet, watch their video!

This week on EMU'S DEBUTS, we're celebrating the release of Elly Swartz's debut novel, FINDING PERFECT.

We have many terrific posts about Elly's middle-grade novel, a story about an OCD girl determined to have a perfect family. I especially enjoyed today's post, were Hayley Barrett asks, "What advice would you give your 12-year old self?" I think it's interesting to pause for a moment and think about yourself at a younger age, consider where you were then and how far you've come to where you are now.

What would you say to your younger self?

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Launch Continues...

This week EMU'S DEBUTS has been celebrating the launch of Donna Janell Bowman's debut picture book, STEP RIGHT UP. It's a fabulous picture book biography about Doc and Jim Key and how they began the humane treatment of animals movement. Every day, a new post has been made to give insight into the creation of this wonderful book.

Today, Cynthia Levinson lets readers get to know some of the EMUS a little more closely by sharing stories and pictures of their own pets. I've always said that behind every great author there's a cat (or dog or horse or some furry, finned or feathered creature!). Enjoy Cynthia's post here!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Wonderful New Picture Book is Out!

Donna Janell Bowman's debut picture book is out! STEP RIGHT UP: HOW DOC AND JIM KEY TAUGHT THE WORLD ABOUT KINDNESS is a beautiful story about the relationship between a man and a horse and how that relationship began the humane movement.

Read an interview with Donna Janell Bowman here and an interview with her editor here.

Want to buy the book? Visit it on Amazon.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Story Giveaways!

Fellow EMLA author Maria Gianferrari is giving a free copy of her book, OFFICER KATZ AND HOUNDINI: A TALE OF TWO TAILS on Goodreads. Check it out here!

And check-out Trick or Reaters' terrific alternative to candy giveaways at Halloween---free STORIES!

Thursday, August 18, 2016


Wow, the writing business can be full of happy surprises. I am so fortunate to have two books coming out in the spring 2017. 

MY BUSY GREEN GARDEN (illustrated by Carol Schwartz, published by Tilbury House) is a rhyming cumulative picture book about insects you'd find in a garden. It has a release date of January 31, 2017. 

MAMA LOVES YOU SO (illustrated by Simone Shin, published by Little Simon) is a rhyming board book that celebrates a mother’s love trumping even majestic mother nature. If you know me, you know I'm a huge nature-lover so I used nature metaphors to illustrate the power of a mother's love. Little Simon is releasing this book on March 14, 2017.

Two books with release-dates about six weeks apart. But this week, I saw where both covers appeared online. WOW! Just look at these...


I am so lucky to have two amazing illustrators create the art for my words. Thank you, Carol and Simone! If you'd like some more eye candy, please visit their websites:

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Great News...Times Two!

I think I need to go on vacation more often. Why? Because good things seem to happen when I'm away from my desk. What's new, you might ask? Well...

Upon returning from the annual Erin Murphy Literary Agency Retreat in June, I received a contract from Tilbury House for my picture book manuscript, MOTHER EARTH'S LULLABY. Woohoo! This story was part of my creative thesis at VCFA and is close to my heart so I'm thrilled that I'll see it in print (and more importantly, that young children will get to see it in book form). I've loved working with Tilbury House on my other picture book, MY BUSY GREEN GARDEN (illustrated by the amazing Carol Schwartz, Spring 2017) so I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and start on this project.

The other terrific thing that happened two days ago is that my upcoming board book, MAMA LOVES YOU SO, was listed in Publisher's Weekly "Spring 2017 Sneak Previews." I'm so excited to have this story published by Little Simon and illustrated by the fabulous Simone Shin. As soon as I receive permission to share the cover, I will! (it's gorgeous so you won't want to miss it). Though I wrote this story as a picture book (and my agent pitched it as a picture book), Little Simon wanted to produce it as a board book to include in their new line, Stories to Start (books for parents to share with their babies).

There you have it! With great news like this, I'm not sure I should ever go back to my office! But when I do, I'll probably be moving like this...