Welcome to my website, everyone! It’s still ‘under construction,’ but I love writing and illustrating books for children, and hope you’ll be able to learn a little about me and my work on the following pages. I live in Chapel Hill, NC, and would love to hear from you!
I usually post children’s poems, but today I wanted to share a more adult—or maybe young adult–one. Written for Ed Decaria’s Annual March Madness Poetry Jam, I thought it would resonate with those of us on the losing end of last night’s Final Four Game. (I live in North Carolina where love of basketball is required.)
for anyone who’s ever lost anything…
soft things bruise—a fruit, a limb—
but most of all, the flesh within—
the veins, the pulp, the under-skin.
a gathering of blood and bile,
a yellowing of youthful fire.
sweet and sour, tender, blue—
the vast tattoo of losing you.
Happy April, Everyone!
Hello, Friends, Readers, Writers! It’s been a long winter and I for one am ready to come out of hibernation! Please join me this weekend in downloading one of my newest children’s picture books, YOGABETS: An Acrobatic Alphabet. It’s a short, sweet, and rhyming story/poem that introduces the alphabet in an unusual (I hope) way. Here are the first few lines . . .
a . . . earring for a tiny lobe, or
a teacup resting one its side.
b . . . Mama with a baby bump,
baby bumpkin tucked inside.
The digital version is free for download from Amazon this week (Saturday, March 12 – Wednesday, March 16th). The illustrations are by yours truly as well.
Here’s the link:
Happy Spring, everyone!
A wonderful opportunity for writers and readers alike!
Hi fellow authors!
I recently received a message from a lady, Angie Smith, who is looking for books up to grade six level for special needs children. She is the secretary of Twin Lakes Civitan, a non-profit organization that helps people of all ages who are in need of assistance. Above is their adorable snake reading a book and below their logo!
Angie asked me if I could spread the word about this organization and help in some way to obtain the much needed books for their special needs children to get them up to their reading levels. I told her I would be happy to send some of my books to her. All most authors want in return is a review. This she said she would make sure is done for anyone who donates a book or books.
Please visit their website and you will see the good things that they do to help…
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Great Article on the Importance of the Main Character in Fiction
You know how “Show Don’t Tell” is both true and kind of meaningless these days? I think the same about “Start with Action.” That advice drives me crazy because it’s incomplete: “Start with an Action that Reveals the MC’s Character.”
Imagine if The Hunger Games opened with Katniss volunteering. It would be dramatic, and we’d think her brave for taking her sister’s place. But would we be invested in the decision? A lot of people are surprised when I lay out the actual opening of The Hunger Games:
- Katniss wakes up alone—Prim isn’t there (motivating fear);
- Katniss sneaks across the perimeter to hunt (not afraid to break what she considers senseless rules; demonstrates a skill);
- talks with Gale (establishes rules of world; her focus on survival blinds her to his feelings);
- stops by the market and to see the mayor’s daughter to trade (confidence in navigating…
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Dear Friends and Followers–Just wanted to let you know my first picture book, Isabel Plum: Ichthyologist, is Friday, February 27, 2015. I’d love you to download/read/review it if you have time. Thanks! Julie
Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/Isabel-Plum-Ichthyologist-childrens-friendship-ebook/dp/B00HPC7TCS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1424895889&sr=8-1&keywords=isabel+plum