Hello! It’s Spring (in Texas)!

Aloha, friends, It’s been a while since I’ve said hi. I’ve been writing away and hope, hope, hope to share happy publishing news soon. The temperatures are climbing here in Austin and it’s a bright, sunshiny day. I’m keeping a lookout for my first bluebonnet sighting. And I’m thinking that I’ll see one this next […]


Kamehameha Schools Hawai’i Visit!

Aloha, friends, My DREAM school visit happened last week at Kamehameha Schools Hawai`i campus. It was truly a privilege and honor of a lifetime to speak at home about my book set in the islands. Mahalo nunui to Carmen Oliver, Kapua Helm, and all of the staff and students at the school for making it […]


Happy Summer!

Aloha, friends, I took my first ukulele lesson last night. And LOVED it! Here is a picture of my new uke. I named her Hana. Happy reading and summering to all. Always, Anne


Mail from readers is the BEST!

Aloha, friends, I received the BIGGEST thank you card ever, along with a host of individual notes from a recent school visit! Here’s a picture of it along with one of the letters: The letter reads: “Thank you for sharing your life’s journey with us I loved it. My favorite part was about the school. […]


Thank you, Kocurek Elementary!

Aloha, friends, I had a fabulous visit today with the 3rd and 4th graders at Kocurek Elementary School! Mahalo nui loa, thank you very much, librarian, Connie Hicks, students, teachers, and ProjectWISE! You made my day! Always, Anne


TALE Conference here I come!

Aloha, friends, I’m excited about presenting to educators at the upcoming TALE Conference this weekend! And hear the other authors and speakers. I hope to see some of you there!     Always, Anne


Happy New Year!

Aloha, friends, Happy New Year to all! I started off the year reading three fabulous books. I highly recommend these middle grade titles: Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk Gertie’s Leap of Greatness by Kate Beasley     Happy reading, Anne


Reading on the Rails, Sunday, Sept 11th 2PM-4PM Cedar Park, Texas

Aloha, Friends, If you are looking for family-friendly event, please join me and three other author buddies, Emma Virján, Liz Garton Scanlon and Susie Kralovansky for two hours of reading/storytime fun at the Austin Steam Train Association Railyard, in conjunction with Leander ISD and Cedar Park Library. Tour the historic train cars, meet a pet […]


Anywhere but Paradise is a 2016 WILLA Literary Award Finalist!

Aloha, Friends, I’m overjoyed! ANYWHERE BUT PARADISE is a 2016 WILLA Literary Award finalist in the Children’s/Young Adult Fiction & Nonfiction category! Mahalo nui loa, thank you very much Women Writing the West for this lovely honor! Always, Anne


Full Novel Workshop, August 27th

Aloha, Friends, I’m thrilled to be teaching at a SCBWI-Austin workshop this summer with P.J. Hoover and Greg Leitich Smith. I’ll be discussing character development, Greg will focus on world building in contemporary realist and fantasy novels, and P.J. (Tricia) will talk about character arc and structure. For more information, visit this link on the […]