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Excited to learn that IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU was a finalist for this year’s Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award in the juvenile/young adult category!

Coming Up

Wednesday, November 6, 2019: Will be guest speaker at the Woman’s Club of Louisville discussing how to  choose books to give as holiday gifts for YA readers. 11 AM, 1320 Fourth Street in Louisville, KY.

Saturday, November 16, 2019: Will participate 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.

Past Events

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.”

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.


IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU was a 2019 finalist for Killer Nashville’s Silver Falchion Award!

January 30th was the date! I’m super excited about the release of my second YA novel, IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU, published by Page Street.

WHILE I DANCED was the “Pick of the Month” for Dance Spirit magazine and was a 2015 finalist for the EPIC competition in the young readers’ category.