Friday, March 13, 2020

A Virtual Author Reading

Because all my remaining March events got cancelled, I decided to create a virtual author reading. Since I didn't feel like reading from any of my dark historical novels at the moment, I chose instead to share some of the poems I wrote from the ages of 7 to 9. I hope it lightens the darkness a little.


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Event Updates

Like many authors right now, I've reached the point where I've canceled all my late-winter/spring appearances, or the events were cancelled for me. It's heartbreaking not being able to travel right now, especially when my Tucson Festival of Books appearance was also going to involve a visit with my daughter at the University of Arizona. I'm going through a separate health issue right now and want to stay safe, plus I want to keep others safe by not traveling from state-to-state and potentially picking up the virus. So, I'm staying close to home for a while.

As someone who's written not one but TWO novels about the 1918 influenza pandemic, I'm definitely more than a little nervous about what could happen if COVID-19 spreads rapidly through the United States and elsewhere. My heart breaks for countries like China and Italy, where the virus has already overwhelmed healthcare systems.

Please take care of yourselves out there. Take care of the people around you. I know it's disappointing to cancel vacations and stick closer to home, but if we can all just stay put for a little while, it would help so much to keep the situation under control.

If you're curious about the 1918 flu pandemic and how it compared and differed from what's happening right now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an excellent page with information and additional resources.

In case it's of any help, I'll close with this excerpt from my novel In the Shadow of Blackbirds. My protagonist's father sent her this letter in the middle of the 1918 flu pandemic, and now I'm sending it to all of you.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Winter 2020 Apperances

Here's where you can find me the first three months of 2020!

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Teen Bookfest by the Bay
American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, TX

Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 7:00 pm
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, OR
In conversation with E. Latimer.

The following events have been canceled:

Sunday, March 15, 2020
Tucson Festival of Books
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
11:30 am: "Dread and Fear: Shivery Tales of the Odd and Peculiar" with Justina Ireland, Cat Winters, and Ransom Riggs
12:30 pm: Signing Area - Children / Teen
1:15 pm: Signing in the Mostly Books Booth (#242)
2:30 pm: "Disgrace & Deception: Poe Meets Guinevere" with Kiersten White and Cat Winters
3:30 pm: Signing Area - Children / Teen

(My daughter attends the University of Arizona, so my Tucson appearance will be extra special!)

Sunday, March 22, 2020, 2:00 pm
Hillsboro Historical Society's Annual Meeting
Coyote's Bar & Grill
5301 W Baseline Rd., Hillsboro, OR
I'll present a lecture on women's suffrage in Oregon and discuss THE CURE FOR DREAMING.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Happy holidays!


Happy holidays, dear readers! Thank you so much for your continued enthusiasm for my historical tales, and thank you for helping me celebrate the release of The Raven's Tale this year. If you're interested in purchasing a signed copy of The Raven's Tale this holiday season, please visit Fountain Bookstore in Poe's teenage home of Richmond, VA (or visit them online).

Behind-the-scenes, I'm hard at work on two different book projects as we wrap up 2019. I don't have any news to report about them at this point, but hopefully that will change in 2020. I've also been freelancing as a fact-checker of children's nonfiction books, which has opened up my eyes to the fascinating world of picture book publishing.

If you'd like to meet me in person, I have two events lined up for the beginning of the new year:

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Teen Bookfest by the Bay
Corpus Christi, TX

March 14-15, 2020
Tucson Festival of Books
Tucson, AZ

If you're interested in booking me to speak at a school, library, festival, etc., in 2020, I do have openings in my schedule. Please head to my Author Visits page for details.

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday season. Here's to new possibilities, peace, joy, and healing in the upcoming (roaring?) 20s!

Photo courtesy of Library of Congress.

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