I was a horse crazy girl.
I’m a horse crazy grown-up.
Recently, I found out that one of my fav writer friends, Kiersi Burkhart, grew up on a ranch in Colorado. Together we dreamed up Second Chance Ranch, a place in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where trouble kids go to find their way again.
We are so excited to announce the sale of our new book series to Darby Creek, an imprint of Lerner, coming your way in 2016 and 2017. Each book features a girl and her horse, meeting life’s challenges together. Kiersi and I can’t wait to tug on your heart strings and make you want to saddle up and ride with us!
My reading is nothing if not eclectic since we’re moving from the picture book, Snook Alone, to the YA novel Angry Young Man by Chris Lynch.
The reviews of this book have been stunning, and I picked it up because I’m writing an angry teenage boy character myself these days. I loved this book for the way it took me into such unfamiliar territory. It is one of those books that I could never have written because it’s not my world, not my people. Yet I came to love both world and people and to want them to survive and even flourish.
Thanks, Chris, for taking me somewhere I’ve never been. That is, after all, why I love to read.
In my current WIP, my main character has a part-time job at an auto parts store. While googling for a list of metal auto parts that I could talk about, I came across this amazing piece of metal art.
It strikes me that this what I am trying to do as a writer. I want to take the pedestrian, the everyday, the bin of scrap auto parts, and transform them into something out-of-the-ordinary. Maybe even out of this world!