Fan Art Friday (sort of)

Something a little different this time around — a peek at a Mother-Daughter Book Club themed birthday party!  Ingredients include:

1. Friends (of course)

Book club 4

2. Fun table decorations (I love this idea!)

Book club party 2
3. More decorations (everyone brought something representing their favorite character–so clever!)

Book club 5

4. A fun party game (MDBC trivia — I want to play!)

Book club 3

And finally, a gorgeous thank you card for the author, who provided a brief video greeting and autographed bookmarks for the guests…

Book Club party 1

(The photo did double duty on the party invitations, too — cute, right?)

Thank you, Katie, for sharing this with us all!  And once again, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Are you out there?

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I’ve been working on answering snail mail and email recently, and there are a number of you who changed email addresses or gave me incorrect addresses, or didn’t include addresses at all.

This always makes me sad, because I know you’re eagerly awaiting a response, and there’s no way I can send you one.

So, if you see your name here on this list, please leave a comment and I’ll get in touch with you for your correct address, OK?

Fahmida NaziaNicole Wang
Kaitlin (skyluke4ever)
Gracie (aandechute)
Abby (last name Burns, maybe?)
Ann (annnamey)
Daysa Lewis
Molly (philliesmm)
Laura Winkler
Margaret Harper
Chiara (last name Morley, maybe?)
Denise Espinosa
Sarah Robert

Whew!  Long list this time.  Moral of the story:  check and double-check that you’ve included a return address on your snail mail, and that the email addresses you provide when you contact me are 100% accurate!

Cover reveal #2

Over the past few days, Portland was finally treated to a blast of the winter that everyone else has been having. My husband and I have been snowed in here at home, which is so unusual for this part of Oregon, and SO FUN! Especially with the Olympics to watch on TV, and lots of hot chocolate to keep us warm.

Thanks to the weather, I decided that today is the perfect time to reveal the cover for the second book I have coming out later this year. (Click here to read about the other one.) Are you ready?


It’s so beautiful I want to cry!  Bagram Ibatoulline is an amazing artist, an INCREDIBLE artist, and Simon & Schuster has given me an enormous gift by choosing him as the illustrator for this picture book.

Wait until you see his artwork–the pages look like they’re lit from within. I truly can’t wait until this one hits the shelves next fall!



Billie’s snow day!

A snow day for Billie!
A snow day for Billie!

We’ve had nothing but snow and more snow here for the last few days, which is SO unusual for Portland, Oregon and SO fun!  It’s not so much fun for our dogs, however, who’ve been stuck inside most of the time feeling housebound.

So I decided to invent a game. Snow soccer! Take one exercise ball, add two Shetland sheepdogs (Billie and Bonnie), toss everyone outside, and away we go. It was a HUGE hit, as you can see! Billie is convinced that the blue ball is a sheep, and happily herded it all over the yard for ages. I’m going to try and figure out how to upload a video in a few days so that you all can see the three of us at play…

Saturday Story Starter

Welcome to February’s Saturday Story Starter!

As those of you who have participated before know, this monthly feature on my blog is purely for fun–just as a way to exercise those writing muscles (think of it as Heather’s Literary Gym). There are no prizes, only the simple joy of putting words on paper (well, OK, computer screen). Also, I won’t be offering critiques, just brief words of encouragement, but I will read all your entries, that I can promise!(And if you’d like to read some of the earlier stories that have been shared, click here and here and here and here and here to browse to your heart’s content.)

I was in San Francisco recently, and came across a charming oddity outside a bakery that I knew right away would make a perfect story starter.  Check it out:

Dog Parking SFO 2014

Isn’t that funny?  I laughed out loud!  (Clicking on the picture should enlarge it for you, by the way.)

STORY STARTER:  What a great springboard! There are so many directions you could go with this picture.  A dog’s eye view of a city outing, perhaps. Or maybe an owner “parked” their dog while dashing in for a latte and a croissant, and came outside to find it missing. How about a canine imaginary friend–one who’s invisible to the rest of us, but perfectly clear to its owner? What kind of dogs would we be likely to see in these parking spots? What kinds of owners? Tell us about them. Invent a story. Entertain us–we’re all ready and waiting to be entertained!

If you need a jumpstart, here’s a first line you can use:

As we rounded the corner by the bakery, I sniffed the air with delight…

Ready, set, WRITE!