Ten alternative titles For "Written in the Stars"

Well, hello! My has it been a while. I've been here ....more

On schooling, baking, and the looming future

Today my four-year-old and I curled up on the couch while the toddler napped. We flipped open my laptop and put together our tentative Thanksgiving menu. We watched as Alton Brown demonstrated how to prepare the perfect pecan chocolate pie ....more

First Annotated ARC give-away of WRITTEN IN THE STARS!

One of the biggest reasons I buy books over borrowing them from the library is because I'm a notorious margin-writer. As any friend who has ever borrowed a book from me can attest to, I love underlining favorite passages, or marking just what a certain scene meant to me. I even have two copies of some of my favorites, one clean copy and one with my thoughts ....more

Bill Maher- and why our stories deeply matter

Yesterday my husband turned on Bill Maher. He said this:...more

We Need Diverse Books and our IndieGoGo fundraiser NEEDS YOU! :)

You may have heard of We Need Diverse Books as the organization whose hashtag went viral back in May when we launched a campaign to share with the world why diverse books in literature matter. We were covered in many major news outlet from around the globe and the coverage shows no sign of slowing down. Since then we’ve incorporated, and have new initiatives coming down the pipeline ....more

Goodreads Giveaway!

My first give-away is live now at GoodReads! To enter simply click below, give-away ends midnight October 18th at which point a winner will be selected at random by goodreads! ...more

Who will be the next Malala?

Malala Yousafzai age seventeen won the Nobel Peace Prize today. Despite threats and push back and outright violence that nearly killed her she has never given up her journey to fight for not only her own right to an education but the right for all to have a fair and just education. She is the youngest to receive the honor and the fact that she is both Muslim and Pakistani gives me no small measure of joy ....more

Story Ideas: Idea to novel

About four weeks ago, I got bit by a bug.Not mosquitoes. [Though, okay, yes. Those too.] I mean, the writing bug.Years ago when I was getting my writing-legs under me, I read Stephen King's book On Writing ....more

NAIBA and my first ever author signing

This past weekend was a whirlwind. In a matter of 48 hours we packed up the kids, hopped into a spaceship minivan, headed down a train, onto a plane to DC to see dear friends, family, and my We Need Diverse Books™ team members at NAIBA 2014 for our first ever WNDB author reception with fantastic book sellers who value diversity, followed by a Sunday morning filled with lots of coffee, conversation, four hour flight delays and then-- back on a plane, down a train and back into our minivan with a twinge of sadness for a weekend that went by way too fast as such weekends tend to do.NAIBA was incredible. I was already looking forward to reconnecting with my incredible WNDB team members Ellen Oh, Lamar Giles, I.W. Gregorio, and Renee Ahdieh but I also got to meet fellow WNDB team member Meg Medina for the first time [and may or may not have squealed a little too loudly when I hugged her because she is 250 degrees of awesome] ....more

On parenting, distraction, and dreams

Being a mom and writer can have moments of... juggling. Sometimes my creative moments happen right as I put lunch on the table ....more