May-June 2020

Member of Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
MAY 20-June 5, I’m playing host for the annual KS/MO SCBWI Critique Group online event. The humorous Christine Schmidt, author extraordinaire, is our marvelous organizer. With my group of five, I’ve discovered fun, authentic, encouraging, and supportive writers. Some are YA. Some are MG. Some are YA/MG. We’re all looking forward to the experience of meeting new authors and reading new works!

November 2019

PING! An email just announced the annual “Middle of the Map” SCBWI KS/MO Conference! This top-notch regional conference will be held November 1-3, in Overland Park, KS. Early-bird Registration for SCBWI members opens August 17: $155, which includes a tasty buffet/sandwich luncheon with keynote speaker. This year features the following faculty:


Quressa Robinson
Alexandra Levek
Alyssa Henkin


Katie Heit
Trisha de Guzman
Sarah Jane Abbott

Art Director:

Jim Hoover

Authors & Illustrators:

Giselle Anatol, Sue Gallion, Niki Lenz, Kelly Light

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September 2019

My excitement is palpable in our home as I gear up to participate in Susanna Leonard Hill’s “Making Picture Book Magic.” Even our cat Skittles senses my anticipation, racing and romping after imaginary squirrels!

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August 2019

Our SCBWI Critique Group, the “FearlessFoursome,” met to critique our projects and celebrate Rebecca Koehn’s debut picture book After the Rain (March 2020). We couldn’t stop smiling! Woowoo for one of our own!