Chinese New Year – Kitchen God

“That is what I always thought love would be. A kind of understanding.” “You are very romantic for a Fire Horse,” Spring Blossom said. “Maybe. I also like the story of the kitchen god who throws himself into the fire.” This is a story that I tried to work into THE FIRE HORSE GIRL several time. None … Continue reading

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Chinese New Year – Animal Race

 “It is a horrible match,” I said. “A snake and a horse. We will do nothing but fight.” I have always loved the story of how the years got their animal names in the Chinese zodiac. There are many versions of this story, and several beautiful children’s books that tell the tale if you want … Continue reading

Chinese New Year – Food

Nushi bustled in and out of the kitchen carrying plate after plate of food. I helped until I tipped a pile of tangerines into a bowl of rice. As the Chinese New Year celebrations continue, I thought it would be fun to look at some of the traditional foods of the holiday. Food is an … Continue reading

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Chinese New Year Preparations

THE FIRE HORSE GIRL begins on the day before the new year. It is a time of preparation and looking forward – a perfect starting place for a journey. I loved researching the preparations that Nushi and Jade Moon would be busy with on this day for the first chapter. Since tomorrow is the first … Continue reading

Antique marguerite

The Fire Horse Girl’s Inspiration

I wrote a blog post this week for Scholastic’s On Our Minds Blog about what inspired me to write The Fire Horse Girl. Click the link above to read. I hope you enjoy!


Year of the Snake

  In a few weeks (on February 10) the Chinese New Year celebrations begin and we enter the year of the Snake.   Just like the Fire Horse, the Snake has certain characteristics. In The Fire Horse Girl, Sterling Promise was born in the Year of the Snake. Snakes are clever and calculating, which makes … Continue reading

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To be a writer is to sit down at one’s desk in the chill portion of every day, and to write; not waiting for the little jet of the blue flame of genius to start from the breastbone – just plain going at it, in pain and delight. To be a writer is to throw away a great … Continue reading


Scenic Route

Is it a bad sign that I am finally getting around to writing my New Years resolutions on the fifth day of the new year? Maybe, but 2012 was a bit of a roller coaster for me, and I am finding a scenic route through 2013. This year is about falling little out of step … Continue reading


Fire Horse Girl – Released this Week and Giveaway

There is a giveaway of The Fire Horse Girl and a listing of all the great books coming out this week on Adventures in YA and Children’s Publishing. It is a great site in general, so after you sign up for the giveaway, look around. Also, I will be guest-posting an Inspired Openings blog post next Monday. … Continue reading


KERA Think Podcast

If you live in the Dallas area and are interested in a great writing program, click here to listen to Suzanne Frank, Dan Hale, and me talk about The Writer’s Path at SMU. And yes, Krys Boys  is as fabulous as you would think if, like me, you have listened to Think for years.    

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