Press and Publications
"Upon opening the pages of 'To Make,' readers are treated to spare, anticipatory text prompting page turns, complemented by expansive spreads in muted tones. Kids and parents will want to read this book again and again."
A piece for Nerdy Book Club in June 2022: "Teachers Make Readers (and Writers)" in which I share how two elementary school teachers from Singapore American School, pictured on the dedication page of TO MAKE, made me.
“Mr. P and Mrs. A aren’t the only ones. There are myriad teachers like them who do this every hour in classrooms and at desks and while sitting on beanbag chairs. Teachers make readers. Teachers make writers. They make worlds and possibility. And they made me.”
I was interviewed by Ronna Mandel for L.A. Parent Magazine's summer 2021 issue!
“By developing their own process and their own writer’s life, [kids] can solidify a practice that will serve them now and later by absorbing narrative components, honing writing techniques, and, perhaps most importantly, nurturing the ability to channel their feelings and experiences into creativity and stories—
a meaningful practice they can lean on their whole lives.”
Photo credit: Rippin Sindher.
Thrilled to have my article, "Story Breath: Inspiration for Plot and Pace in Picture Books" in the spring 2021 issue of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Bulletin.
“…picture books are different. Special. Distinct…Just like breath, each [one] has its own flow, rhythms, patterns.”
Voyage LA asked me about whether you should give up in May 2021.
My short answer? No.
"One thing’s for sure. SOMETHING will happen.
It might be unexpected, what you most fear, what you’ve carefully avoided.
It might even be exactly what you dreamed!
What happens is simply what happens. It may not be what you wished for.
But if you’re doing it because it keeps your creative fire alive, it can’t be wrong. Right?"