All in a Day’s Work


I’ve been thinking a lot about what creative work looks like. A lot of the work that goes into a creative project wouldn’t be called “work” by most. Not because it is easy or fun (although some of it is), but because it doesn’t always have an immediate, tangible result. Here’s some of the work … Continue reading

Reading Group Discussion Questions


I’ve had several requests recently for discussion questions for THE FIRE HORSE GIRL. Below is what I came up with. If you have any you had fun discussion in a classroom or at a book club, leave a comment below. Discussion Group Questions for FIRE HORSE GIRL What did you expect when you started FIRE … Continue reading

Unlocking Authentic Characters


Creating authentic characters can be one of the best building blocks for a story. If you create the right characters with plenty of potential conflict, it can help you build events that will be meaningful to the world and the characters who live in it. Below are three of my favorite techniques for developing complex … Continue reading

First Pages

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I am starting my third book. It can be hard to go back to the beginning of the process and start a whole new mess to clean up, so I collected all the drafts of the first page of Fire Horse Girl that I saved. Here a video of all the revisions that I could … Continue reading

Fire Horse Girl – A Fun Infographic

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What is a Fire Horse?

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Originally posted on Kay Honeyman:
I was already writing about a girl traveling through Angel Island to America when I discovered the year of the Fire Horse. In much of the Western world, we use a linear measurement for time, the years parading forward into the future.  The Chinese use a cycle to measure their…

Spring 2014 YA Scavenger Hunt Authors Announced

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Spring 2014 YA Scavenger Hunt Authors Announced! Hello YA fans. It’s time once again for our Spring YA Scavenger Hunt. For those of you who’ve joined us before, welcome back! I am on the Blue Team! If you’re a newbie, you’re in for a treat! Twice a year we seek out fantastic YA authors with … Continue reading

Angel Island Poetry


For National Poetry Month, I am posting poems from the walls of the barracks on Angel Island. For today… There are tens of thousands of poems composed on these walls. They are all cries of complaint and sadness. The day I am rid of this prison and attain success, I must remember that this chapter … Continue reading

Poetry of Angel Island


Happy National Poetry Month. I thought I would celebrate by sharing some of my favorite poems from the Angel Island Immigration Station. Angel Island was the point of entry for almost 300,000 immigrants coming to America from 1910-1940. The majority of those immigrants (around 175,000) were from China. The process of immigrating and landing on … Continue reading


Art suplies

I have been working on my bio to go with my début novel The Fire Horse Girl. Bios are funny things. You try to boil down the relevant pieces of your life to a few lines. In an attempt to say everything, sometimes I feel that I end up saying nothing. So, this week I … Continue reading

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