Yesterday was the birthday of Elizabeth, a very dear friend from college days. When someone has known you for so many years, they have a unique perspective on who you truly are. I love that about her because she sometimes knows things about me that I don’t even realize about myself! Friendship is the icing on our birthday cake of life. Thanks, Elizabeth, for all the fun flavors over the years!
I’m excited to have completed the copy edit reviews this past week for the new book Maxzyne & the Old Horse Theatre. This means it is one step closer to being published. During the process I was reminded again that a good book’s best friend (and author’s!) is the editor. Thank you, Kim, for saving me from my grammatical gaffes and punctuation faux pas!
A few weeks ago, Maxzyne and I were excited to meet some of the students at the University of Illinois-Chicago Early Outreach Program. I read a bit from the book and answered a lot of questions. When asked about my superhero t-shirt, I told them that developing an interest in reading is a great start to becoming a real-life superhero!Read More
Last week I had the joy and privilege of attending the final school show presented by graduating seniors at this wonderful city academy of the arts. The talent, skill and enthusiasm of the performers, writers, artists, designers, choreographers, singers and musicians was simply remarkable. What if every school encouraged the creativity of each student, nourishing and sustaining that fragile seed of inspiration and imagination until it grew sturdy and strong? These students will go into the world and enrich us all with their gifts. I applaud and thank them for their training, dedication and the love they showered on the audience that night for their art.
This year was the first time Maxzyne and I attended Book Expo America in Chicago. It was big, busy and all about books! One of the high points was meeting children's author Kate DiCamillo and seeing her new book "Raymie Nightingale" which she signed for us. We can't wait to read it, of course. We also were inspired by all the booksellers, librarians and other publishers as they generously gave their time to participate on panels and mini-classes to help us get the word out about our book.Read More
A Maxzyne Meets the Mannequins e-book is now available to any library in Illinois through Biblioboard! Just ask your local librarian. How cool is that?Read More
It was a wonderful morning spent talking about writer's voice, plot and character development with the students. They asked lots of questions and shared ideas for their own creative projects.
Maxzyne celebrates Lurie Children's Hospital's Three Year Anniversary.
Maxzyne's thrilled to share her story.
Maxzyne and her author's first appearance at the festival.