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Illustration by Alina Chau

Welcome to my site.  I am thrilled that you have stopped by for a visit! I’m a children’s author, poet, wife, mother, librarian and wannabe knitter, not necessarily in that order. I have great fun teaching poetry to all ages. In 2002 I founded the Fine Line Poets, and I have served as a judge for numerous writing contests, including The Sandy, the Mass Book Awards and the Massachusetts State Poetry Society.

 

News

  • A Bit of Publishing Advice in a Letter

    In many ways, I’m still the girl who needs advice on how to get published. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that in the last 10 years, I’ve had 7 books published, three of them for children. That said, a lot of people have been asking me how to break into the world of children’s publishing lately. After a ...

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  • Let’s Celebrate Multicultural Children’s Book Day

    Here’s to Multicultural Children’s Book Day  2017! I chose The Nian Monster, by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Alina Chau, and published by Albert Whitman, an award-winning children’s book publisher since 1919.  Confession! I am completely biased. I have loved The Nian Monster ever since I heard Andrea Wang read her manuscript at one of our writing ...

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  • The Public Library: Where All Your Resolutions Are Met

    When I sat down to write out my resolutions for the year, something occurred to me. The very place where I work, the public library, holds the key to many of my future goals and desires. How can that be, you might ask? Check it out here!

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  • Together at Last!

    I am always amazed to hear stories of authors and illustrators who never connect during the picture book process. How can this be? I know publishers can be a bit leery of any author-illustrator relationship pre-publication. After all the author might attempt to influence the illustrator, or squash her creativity. But I LOVE to find my ...

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  • Boston Authors Club

    What an honor to be with these amazing authors! Thank you for reading between the lines, Boston Authors Club, and giving The Story I’ll Tell a “highly recommended” title. Click here to view:

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