February, 2020

Thank you School Library Journal for your review of BLUE SKIES!

Hello friends, Here are some of the kind words, SLJ had to say about Blue Skies: “This is an endearing story that skillfully addresses loss, love, and hope. Weaving together small-town charm and friendly antics, Bustard cleverly integrates a history of the Merci Trains with a young girl’s desperate desire to see her father again. […]


Interview about BLUE SKIES on A.B. Westrick’s blog today!

Hello friends! I’m thrilled to be interviewed by author and editor Anne Westrick today about my l-o-n-g Blue Skies journey! Anne W. asks me about my discovery of the Merci Train, the role of music in my life and this novel, the PTSD subplot, and more! With gratitude, Anne Blue Skies: author interview & giveaway


Q&A about my writing journey on the Cynsations blog today!

Hello friends, I’m so honored to be a part of the Cynsations Survivors series today! I describe my journey to publication for my soon-to-be-released books, BLUE SKIES and RAD!, how I perceive the world of children’s-YA literature has changed, what advice I’d give my beginner self, career advice for those starting their careers, and wishes […]


The first copy of BLUE SKIES has arrived!

Hello friends! Happy tears! My wonderful editor sent me a sweet note and my very own copy of BLUE SKIES! What took over fifteen years from inspiration to publication? From picture book to middle grade novel? This book! Never, never, never give up! March 17th here we come! With gratitude, Anne @SimonKids @SSEdLib @kav_tepedino @emilyreads […]