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Sharjah Children's Reading Fest

#LikeVanessa heads to the United Arab Emirates! Three presentations, lots of enthusiastic young readers!

New Jersey SCBWI Conference

I was honored to be the Keynote Speaker for NJSCBWI, where I also presented my workshop: Channel Your Inner Nonfiction Nerd.

DIY MFA Radio Episode 210

Cool feature on this podcast, chatting up books and authenticity. Check it out here.

New Book Deal!

I'm happy to share that I've been asked to write a middle grade biography of Serena Williams, the G.O.A.T., publishing with Sterling in  spring, 2019!

SCBWI Book Launch Award

Honored to have received this award, which will aid in promo efforts for "Like Vanessa."

"Like Vanessa" book launch!

Super thrilled that my friend, Karyn Parsons, star of the iconic TV show, "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" and Founder of Sweet Blackberry, hosted my book launch! 

2018 Scheduled Author Appearances

* January 23-25: ABA Winter Institute, Memphis, TN


* March 17: Book Launch Party, Barnes & Noble, Menlo Park Mall, Edison, NJ


* March 24: VA Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, Virginia


*April 21-25: Sharjah Book Festival, United Arab Emirates


* May 30- June 1, Book Expo America, New York, NY


* June 2-3: NJ SCBWI, Keynote Speaker, New Brunswick, NJ


* June 9: MAPSO Book Festival, Maplewood, NJ


* September 22: Princeton Children's Book Festival, Princeton, NJ


* October 6: Warwick Children's Book Fest, Warwick, NY


*October 13: Boston Book Festival, Boston, MA


* October 18: Cardinal Rule Press Facebook Live Interview at 1 pm


More appearances TBA!



Now booking school visits for 2018-2019 school year. Speaking topics include: 

* The Ins & Outs of Making a Picture Book

* Channel Your Inner Nonfiction Nerd

* The Author Journey 

* Writing Diverse Books



Keynote Speech

Here is part one of my Keynote for the New Jersey SCBWI Conference, "The Power of No, The Beauty of Yes." To see part two, click here