This past spring I was very honored to be selected out of hundreds of submissions to be one of six authors (including New York Times’ best sellers Laura Schroff and Jarrett J. Krosoczka) featured in the Authors Circle at the annual Scribbles to Novels Gala in NYC. I got to sign over a hundred books for the guests and enjoy presentations by host Bridget Moynahan and the head of the JUMPSTART organization itself. JUMPSTART is the only national supplemental program that leverages the power of community and adult-child relationships to build the... Read the Rest →


I love getting mail!

You guys, every time I get an email from a reader asking me a question or telling me how they feel about my book, it totally makes my day. Seriously – it’s the best feeling in the world to know something I wrote inspired someone else to reach out. And I just got my first piece of actual, physical mail from a 7th Grader in New Jersey named Paulyn. IT WAS AWESOME!   Here’s her super sweet letter. I’m hoping to visit her school when the new book comes out... Read the Rest →



Are you a fan of the acclaimed, Emmy-winning Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black?” OF COURSE YOU ARE (assuming you’re old enough to be watching that show. It’s a smidge or ten racier than my books, so proceed with caution). Anyway, take a close look in Episode Two of Season One, and you’ll see inmate Red (Kate Mulgrew) reading Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters while another inmate shaves her legs for her. I mean, that’s pretty darn cool, right??? Check out this BLOG all about the books featured on the show, and... Read the Rest →