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SCBWI’s BookStop which goes until November 30 is a great place to find good children’s and YA books for readers on your holiday list. Check out my page for IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU and the hundreds of other fun titles on the site.

November 12 at 12 pm Eastern time, I’ll appear on @pagestreetya for an IG Live reading the first chapter of IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU, answering questions, and offering words of encouragement I’ve found helpful to writers participating in NANOWRIMO or working on other projects.

Thrilled to announce that my third YA novel, Leisha’s Song, will be published in 2021 by Fire and Ice, the YA imprint of Melange Books.

My short story, “Missed Cue,” appears in Malice Domestic’s 2020 anthology, MURDER MOST THEATRICAL. Publication birthday was October 1st, 2020. Love the cover!


Cancelled or Postponed Events

Saturday, April 18:  Book signing at the Fleming County Public Library Book Fair, Flemingsburg, Kentucky. Cancelled due to virus.

May 1st-3rd: Participating author at Malice Domestic, Bethesda, Maryland- Conference postponed.

Saturday, May 30: Guest speaker on “The History of YA Literature” at the Middletown branch of the Louisville Free Public Library. Postponed due to corona virus.

August 20-23: Participating author at Killer Nashville International Writer’s Conference, Embassy Suites Nashville South/Cool Springs. Cancelled due to corona virus

Past Events

Friday, Sept. 25, 1 PM: Presented a workshop on “Writing Outside Your Identity Group” at the Imaginarium 2020 Virtual Conference and Convention, 

Saturday, November 16, 2019: Participated in panel, “Feeding the Fire: Building a Vibrant Writing Life” with writers Mary Lou Northern and Ellen Birkett Morris at the Writer’s Block Festival at Spalding University in Louisville.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019: Was guest speaker on how to choose books to give as holiday gifts for YA readers at the Women’s Club of Louisville.

Friday & Saturday, September 21-21, 2019: Was participating author at the Heartland Book Festival in Elizabethtown, KY.

Thursday-Sunday, August 22-25, 2019: Attended Killer Nashville Conference held at the Embassy Suites in Cool Springs, Tennessee where participated in several panels, including moderating “Coming of Age: Writing YA Mysteries, Suspense & Thrillers.” IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU Was a Silver Falchion Award finalist in the young adult/juvenile category.

Friday & Saturday, April 26 & 27, 2019: Participating author at the Southern Kentucky Book Festival (SOKY) in Bowling Green, KY. On Friday’s Teen and Children’s Day, was panelist on “Mystery Mavericks and Thrills that Chill” with fellow authors Ben Woodard, Gia Cribbs, and Brian Tucker. On Saturday, participated in YA Contemporary panel with David Arnold, Courtney Stevens, Ingrid Palmer, Anica Mrose Rissi, and Gwenda Bond.

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, May 3-5, 2019: Participating author at Malice Domestic in Bethesda, Maryland, where served as panelist on “Newshounds on the Case” with fellow authors Glen Echo, R.G. Belsky, John DeDakis, Nancy Cole Silverman, and James W. Ziskin. Leone Ciporin moderated.

Saturday, November 10:  Signed books with Derby Rotten Scoundrels, local chapter of Sisters in Crime, at Barnes and Noble, 801 S. Hurstbourne Parkway, from 2-4 PM.

Thursday, November 15: Opening of Authors and Artists Exhibit (including It Should Have Been You) at Library, Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, Indiana.

Saturday, November 17: Panelist on “Fierce Females in YA Literature” at 10 AM and participating author at the Kentucky Festival Book Fair, Kentucky Horse Park Alltech Arena, 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY, 9-4 PM.

Friday, August 31, 2018: Signed books at the Kentuckiana Author’s Book Blitz, 300 Spring Street, Jeffersonville, Indiana, 6-10 PM.

Friday, September 14, 2018: Signed books at the Dessert & Autograph Party as part of the Fall SCBWI Midsouth Conference, the Embassy Suites Nashville South, 820 Crescent Centre Drive, Franklin, TN  37067, 7:30-8:30 PM.

Saturday, June 23, 2018: Signed books at Seton Hill University as part of their In Your Write Mind Conference.

April 14, 2018: Participated in the 8th Annual Kentuckiana Authors Fair in LaGrange, Kentucky.

March 24, 2018:  Did a reading as one of the participating artists in the 2018 SWAN (“Support Women Artists Now”) celebration in Louisville. 2-3 PM, Louisville Free public Library, 301 York Street, Centennial Room.

IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU was one of the featured YA books on Justine magazine’s book site page.

January 26, 2018: I appeared in Jenn Christensen’s Author Spotlight who reviewed IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU

January 30, 2018: Official release date for IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU!

January 31, 2018: I appeared in a “Coffee Chat” in a blog by author Ally Shields

February 2, 2018: Book signing for IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU at Barnes and Noble on Hurstbourne, Louisville, KY, 3-5 PM

February 12, 2018: Reading an excerpt from IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU as part of Flying Out Loud monthly series. Sunergos Coffee Shop, 2122 Preston Street, Louisville, KY

December 8, 2017: Wrote guest column for, “Confessions of an Accidental Novelist”

October 14, 2017, 1-4 PM: Signed books at Indie Author Day at the South Central Regional Library in Louisville, KY.

October 6-8, 2017: Served as a panelist at the Imaginarium 2017 Convention, held at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Louisville, KY.