Monday, 10 December 2012

Watch out, Berlin! And Germany!

Well, the secret is out. Mostly.

Last week I:

- Gave notice to my job.

- Started a company.

- Finished the official webpage for said company.

Let me introduce MY NEW COMPANY (which already has customers ohmahgawh!):


This is right up my alley, and the entire thing has fallen into place with an ease that frankly astonishes me. I guess they're right when they recommend to do what you love!

This doesn't mean I'm stopping writing. What this means is that I now have a job that enables me writing time on the clock AND an excuse to read anything I can get my hands on.

So YAY for me! And YAY for Germany, this is gonna be awesome for all of us!!!

Thursday, 8 November 2012

New Book! New Book! New Book!

So the secret is out - I've sold a new book!

And it's a German National!

I contacted Ernst Klett
Verlag some time back, and heard back from my (now) editor some months later. They wanted some Western-tinged ideas for their readers, and I was happy to oblige! We worked out all the details, including the title, and I'm thrilled to say that

OUT OF THE WILD: Billy and the Red Horse Challenge

will be released by ERNST KLETT VERLAG in June 2013 here in Germany! I love this book - it focuses on a brilliant aspect of the horse world! I'm so excited!

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Timeline of a Love

I have talked about this particular book of mine before. Here's its timeline:

1. Had initial idea right after finishing Possum Summer's first ever draft. The boy's eyes, man! They spoke to me.

SIX years ago.

2. Started rough draft immediately. Wrote in the train and at home. Only bother-er was my shadow cat, who insisted on sitting on my lap.

3. Halfway thru and hit a brick wall. This was before plotting had occurred to me. Too stubborn to stop writing it, so I blundered thru it and wrote the end. Decided I wasn't good enough yet to do it justice. Set it aside.

4. Let's be clear: I wanted to read this book. I loved the subject material and it was an alternate history/ fantasy, which wasn't in my field (contemporary animal/human relationships)

5. Let it sit for the next five years, where a kid, a huge move, new jobs and oh yeah, Possum Summers publication had me working on other things.

6. With the sale of my second book, I began to think about it again. I had done everything everyone wanted, I didn't have a new book out (my choice, I won't do another book on synop again!) I wanted to write something for me, purely for my pleasure.

7. So in January of this year I started brainstorming.

8. Today, I think I finally finished what I need to have before I start this rewrite: a strong chapter layout, extensive worldbuilding notes, and the will to see it properly finished.

I start the rewrite tomorrow night and I am so excited.

Have you ever had a book like this?

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Crazy. two times in a week!

Last night, I finished something.

Let me back up.

I am a super impatient person. Like, IMPATIENT. I always want things to be done yesterday, and it's never worked out for me in writing even though I try to MAKE it. Oh, and -

I also really like to control things. ALSO another place where me and writing don't mix.

So I've had to learn some things. And I think, I really do think, that I have learned them with the last revision of this book, SCAR-FIN. (I've talked about it before).

I'd like to take a moment and write down a couple things for myself to read when I'm agonizing over the next revision (of this book or any other) (because there's always a new revision coming up).

Dear Jen: 

1. Good job, man. It wasn't easy, but you got it done.
2. Have patience. No one is going to publish this book, because it is YOUR book. You wrote it.
3. Do not despair. There is light at the end of the tunnel, even if you can't see it now.
4. You think it's done? Read it like a really mean reader. THEN see if you're happy with it.
5. Let it sit. Get great readers, and have them read it mean.
7. It needs to be flipping AWESOME, yo. Good ain't good enough.
8. When in doubt, use the Dr Pepper as your carrot. *hee-haw!*

Patience, grasshopper.

You made it.

Monday, 2 July 2012


*knock knock*

*Clears throat*

This thing on?



How have you guys BEEN?

I know it's been a long time no hear on this blog, and for that, I'm sorry. But we've recently made some changes in our lives that allow yours truly to have two hours in between work and kid duty purely to write and revise and be well, a writer, so I decided I would put this baby blog back to work!

I would ask you, though, to click on over to FB and "like" my author page if you want! Or not want!

My Facebook page

I'll be here much more regularly, now.

Vivia la writing, yo! And I'm glad to be back!

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

So yeah, me and Bankstreet?



THE CHILDREN’S BOOK COMMITTEE at the Bank Street College of Education strives to guide librarians, educators, parents, grandparents and other interested adults to the best books for children published each year. The all-volunteer committee includes educators, librarians, authors, parents and psychologists who share a passion for and expertise in the world of children’s literature. Young reviewers from all over the country, ages 2–18, read and evaluate many of our books as well.

In choosing books for the annual list, reviewers consider literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the potential emotional impact of the books on young readers. Other criteria include credibility of characterization and plot, authenticity of time and place, age suitability, positive treatment of ethnic and religious differences, and the absence of stereotypes. Nonfiction titles are further evaluated for accuracy and clarity. Each book accepted for the list is read and reviewed by at least two committee members and then discussed by the committee as a whole.

Holy crap on a STICK, people!


Looks like it's pizza tonight!

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

I'm interviewed at the OWL!

Jill, the fantabulous owner of the OWL for MG books, interviewed me, and she's hosting a giveaway of a signed hardback of POSSUM SUMMER and a LOOKBOOK!

You don't want to miss this.

Go check it out!