Spring Colors


It may be dumping snow in SLC this minute, but our hearts are full of Spring goodness!

I love the juxtaposition/combination/general pretty-ness of purple and yellow together. So lovely!

I hope all my readers had a wonderful Easter and I hope it is a bit Springier wherever you may be!

Why Your Family Name Did Not Come From a Mistake at Ellis Island

Ellis Island NYC
View of Ellis Island from a boat

This is a super interesting little article for two reasons:

  1. My husband came over in 2007 (A HUNDRED YEARS LATER) from Europe and had a name issue due to alphabet differences.
  2. My first book Kevin starts at Ellis Island because he’s from another planet, so in an odd, slightly humorous to me way he “immigrated”. (Him being sent there against his will as a prisoner is a whole other issue.)

Anyway, check this out if you like. I thought it was interesting.

And, you can get Kevin HERE.

I’m Quite Clear About My Intentions


I know exactly what I’m doing when I name a character, or give someone a specific description.


It could be you.

Especially my unlikeable people.

To sum up… If you’ve wronged me, I will make you immortal.


Future World Leaders

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16 Kids that May Have All the Answers in Life

These little tykes are the future!

This was a thing I found that I couldn’t resist showing you guys. I’d like to think, being the weird-o that I am, I was this clever as a child. Unlikely, but nice to think about.

Some of these kids are going to write great books one day.

The Best Eight Young Adult Books-and Why Grown Ups Should Read Them, Too


Found this neat little list of books for you guys to check out.

Also, Neil Gaiman is on the list (who is pictured above) and he’s one of my favorites. I strive to write with the clarity and elegant simplicity he does. Brilliant. Anywho! Check out the list and let me know of any other YA books you find particularly influential.