Thank you, Texas!

I love the Lone Star State!

It was a whirlwind trip, but I had a great time.  The day I arrived in Houston I got to visit with fans at the fabulous Blue Willow Bookshop:

And hang out with equally fabulous bookseller Cathy Berner:

Cathy took me to Rogers Middle School in Pearland, where I visited with the 5th and 6th graders.  Afterwards, I was interviewed by some of the students.  They asked great questions and were totally professional, just like a real news crew!

I also got to hang out with librarian Sherri Bell.   Look how cute and teeny she is next to me!  I’m a giantess!

Cathy and I also visited Memorial Parkway Junior High in Katy, where I got to hang out with another librarian, the totally hip Ellen Barnes:

Now I don’t feel like such a giantess.

See that piece of paper I’m holding?   Ellen is so hip, she made a QR (Quick Response) code for the flyer advertising my visit.  If you hold your cell phone over it, it takes you to my website.  How cool is that?

After Houston I flew to Austin for the Texas Book Festival, which totally rocked!  It’s an amazing event, with so many authors and panels and signings and parties it made my head spin.  In fact, it made my head spin so much that I forgot to take pictures!  Except this one:

That’s me with a new friend at a party.  Who wouldn’t want such an amazing piece of artwork in the entryway to their home?  I sure would.  In fact, if I could have fit it in my purse, I would have been sorely tempted to sneak off with it…

During the festival, I was on a panel with Nancy Tillman, whom I’d never met even though she lives right here in Portland.  We had to go to Texas to get to know each other!  Now I’m in love with her books — they’re gorgeous!

In Austin, I also met up with an old college friend, and the two of us went to dinner at Sandra Bullock’s fabulous restaurant, Bess Bistro:

No sign of Sandra, just tons of great food!

From Austin I flew on to Dallas, where I spent two wonderful days hanging out with Kristine Abramowitz from The Story Book House.  She has two boys, too, so we had lots to talk about.  Kristine took me to visit a couple of schools, including Timbercreek Elementary in Flower Mound.  I was surprised to see this when we drove up:

Talk about making me feel special!  If you look closely at the sign, you’ll see a little mouse hidden in my name.  There were mice hidden all over the school that day, in honor of my SPY MICE books.  In fact, a lot of the staff and students came dressed as spies!  Here I am with school principal Vickie Abshier, librarian Terri Halloran, and Charlene Matthews of the PTA (and yes, I know I’m wearing the same purple shirt — it’s my favorite piece of clothing at the moment):

Are these fabulous ladies fun-loving or what? In fact, that pretty much sums up Texas — fun-loving and fabulous!








19 thoughts on “Thank you, Texas!”

  1. So Fun! Ps I am doing “The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed” for my Historical Fiction Book Report. I loved it. Pps Happy Halloween to everyone! 😀

  2. Looks like tons of fun! 🙂 Could you please arrange to come to the Chicago, Illinois-area next fall when book 6 of The Mother-Daughter Book Club is released? It would be so cool for my friends and I to come to the book signing! 🙂

    • Chicago is one of my favorite cities! I hope to be back again, we’ll have to wait and see what works out next fall.

    • I was in Detroit last Spring — hope to be back sometime, but no plans in the works at the moment.

  3. Did you know that Katy is the original location of the popular colloquialism, “Katy bar the door!” (?)

    Of course, we Texans have been known to exaggerate…..a little….

    Wish we lived a little closer and could have attended, Heather.

  4. i rlly want to own all the books even tho. i already read them that way i can let my kids read them so my mom is buying them for me for chanukah. 1 and a half months left.
    also where i live the whole community gets together and every 2 years we put o a performance for women by women no men allowed for charity. for the past 2 years i have been waiting to try out for this dance and guess wat? i got in!!!!!!!!!! im so excited!!!!!!!!!!btw i love that flamingo!!!!!!!!!! wish i could have been there! plz come to new york to the city or long island!

  5. The only place I could come to see you is Grand Rapids, MI. Haha so I hope you think about it. (just kidding) (-:

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