BOOKS

Young Adult Fiction
Can Patrik and his family escape their totalitarian country before they are found out?
multicultural middle grade fiction
In Baghdad, war is being waged all around Talib and Nouri. Can these two Iraqi boys solve their own war and live in peace with each other?
Living in the Mayan jungle, Rosalba knows nothing about the 2012 prophesy of the end of the world. Then sophisticated Alicia comes from Mexico City to tell her all about it...
Susana and Pina grow up in an Italian orphanage Will either find a parent?
Can a white boy and an African boy keep their friendship in a changing world?
Overnight, Tinh's Vietnamese village is destroyed by a cyclone. How can Tinh make things right for himself and his family?
Binh's Ameican aunt is coming to her Vietnamese village. Will she bring the riches that Binh longs for?
Gregory has to leave the Navajo reservation for the big city of Tucson.
Why won't the new Chinese girl be Ginny's friend?
In this sequel to The Gold-Threaded Dress, Oy must again make a decision. In the talent show will she do what others want or be true to herself?
What if your best friend is also your biggest rival?
Will Noi be sent to the factory to work, or can she learn to paint umbrellas? Will a young artist be able to pursue her gift?
Gloria wakes up on Christmas morning to find that Mama is going to work instead of taking her to Nana's house in Mexico to celebrate.
Oy, a Thai immigrant, has to decide what she will give up to fit in. What would you do if the most popular girl demanded that you bring or special dress to school, or else?

WRITING TIPS

* Write from the heart. If you don't have enough passion for a particular project, you won't finish it.

* Write not to publish, but because you love it. If you don't enjoy the process of writing, maybe you'd be happier painting or dancing or flying a kite.

* Write every day. Even if you can spend only ten minutes, this will get your brain used to the activity.

* Listen to other people's stories.

* Read extensively. Be sure to read plenty of children's literature if you are writing for children. Everyone should read a wide variety: fiction, nonfiction, biography, magazines, poetry...

* If you write for children, join THE SOCIETY OF CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS. The society provides classes, critique groups, helpful publications, conferences, and camaraderie among writers.

* Join a critique group. It's important to form a group of peers who will offer you support and guidance. I belong to a group that meets once a week. That kind of frequency really pushes us along! When I went to school at Vermont College, I met wonderful writers. We connected with each other by e-mail. Even though we graduated in 2000, we have kept in touch. Not only do we offer each other support in writing, but we are close in all aspects of our daily lives. We call ourselves The Hive.

*Be flexible. While it's good to establish a writing routine, it's equally important to be able to write wherever and however. I myself have written in the line to get my driver's license, on a cruise ship, and even while I was having an operation on my toe!

* If you would like to self publish painlessly, create a book on lulu.com or Amazon Create Space.

*Never write for the approval of others.

* Enjoy exploring the wilderness of the writer's mind!


This lotus inspires me to create stories that unfold like flowers.

SOME OF MY FAVORITE PLACES TO WRITE:

The Goldfish Point Cafe

The Athenaeum Library

The Beach!