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Have been invited to teach creative writing fall semester at the Louisville Academy of Fine Arts

Enjoyed being interviewed as guest author in September for Hasty Book List

Participated in Lexington’s Legendary Book Bash on August 28th

Guest author on George Cramer’s blog on August 30th

My article, “The Three Best Pieces of Writing Advice I’ve Ever Received,” appeared in Teen Ink’s August 15th issue

Loved chatting with Leah Stuhler about Leisha’s Song in late July on her podcast, YA Book Chat

In January, I became president of our local Ohio River Valley chapter of Sisters in Crime, Derby Rotten Scoundrels. I love working with this wonderful group of writers. Check out our chapter website:

Thrilled to announce that my third YA novel, Leisha’s Song, came out on June 22 from 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!

Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 2nd: Book signing at the Fleming County Public Library– rescheduled from last spring! (Flyer below)

Friday and Saturday, October 22-23: Participating author at the Louisville Book Festival

Summer 2022: My fourth YA novel, Deadly Setup, will be published by Fire and Ice, the YA imprint of Melange Books

Past Events

June 16, 2021: Interviewed on Ally Shield’s Coffee Chat,

June 17, 2021: Guest author at meeting of The Bard’s Corner Writer’s Group,

June 17, 2021: Guest author on Vicki Batman’s blog,

June 8, 2021: Guest author at Women Who Write,

May 22, 2021: Presented a talk on combining romance with suspense and writing outside your identity group to Kentuckiana Romance Writers.

April 10, 2021: Gave talk on “Writing for Young Adults” to my local chapter of sisters in Crime. For link, visit our website:

November 12, 2020: I appeared on @pagestreetya 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.

Friday, Sept. 25, 2020: 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, 2019:  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, 2019: Opening of Authors and Artists Exhibit (including It Should Have Been You) at Library, Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, Indiana.

Saturday, November 17, 2019: 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.