childrens' books, publishing, writing

THREE Weeks til Pub Day!

Today is Tuesday, which means that SHE MADE A MONSTER officially goes on sale in exactly three weeks! I can’t believe it. Sometimes it seems like it’s been such a long time coming, but I’m told by those who know that the process actually went lickety-split for this book. And I have to believe them… Continue reading THREE Weeks til Pub Day!

childrens' books, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, women's writing, writing

How Mary Shelley made a monster… in her own words. Part 1.

To mark only TWO MONTHS until publication, I want to let Mary Shelley tell in her own words how she made a monster.  This is the story as she tells it in her introduction to the 1831 edition of Frankenstein. Since it's a bit long, I'm going to divide it up into a few separate posts.… Continue reading How Mary Shelley made a monster… in her own words. Part 1.

childrens' books, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, publishing, writing

Getting Closer… and, Reviews!

Only 3 months to go til publication, plus SHE MADE A MONSTER has already gotten a couple of really nice reviews! From Booklist: "Eye-catching artwork and engaging storytelling give this biography of a fascinating woman even more appeal." And Kirkus: "An elegant picture book that will signal to young readers that there is more to the… Continue reading Getting Closer… and, Reviews!

childrens' books, publishing, writing

Close Encounter with an Actual Bookseller!

Yesterday I crawled out of my introvert’s cave, grabbed my proofs of SHE MADE A MONSTER and made my way to Bel & Bunna’s Books in Lafayette. I’ve been really nervous about doing marketing and promotion, but Bel McNeill was so kind and enthusiastic about my upcoming picture book debut that I felt at home… Continue reading Close Encounter with an Actual Bookseller!

women's writing

Thoughts from Mary Shelley’s Mother

In honor of Women's History Month, I'd like to share some quotes from Mary Shelley's mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, author of the seminal feminist work A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792). I think it reflects her time and the forces arrayed against her that Wollstonecraft is so skilled at shrewdly turning around the arguments of… Continue reading Thoughts from Mary Shelley’s Mother