While enrolled in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Hamline University from 2001 to 2007, I not only had the opportunity to take multiple classes in fiction with Sheila O’Connor, but I also had her as my thesis advisor. My first published novel for middle graders, Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog was… Read More
Following my author visit to Scandia Elementary School on March 28, 2018, third grade teacher Kelly Duncan asked her students to write “reflection papers” about my visit.
When you need to describe a setting so thoroughly that your readers feel as though they’re walking inside that space, it’s helpful to have a “model.” The family gathering in the ballroom at Eastcliff-by-the-Sea is pivotal for the book, so I wanted to get everything just right. I used my impressions of the ballroom at… Read More