Countdown begins…

… in 48 hours, I’ll be in the Big Apple! On Tuesday night I’ll be at Books of Wonder (6-8 pm) for a pre-Edgar Awards bash & book signing with my fellow nominees. Come join us! Click here for full details. Then on Wednesday night, it’s time for the Edgar Awards — squeeeeeee! The event is black

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Saturday Story Starter

It’s SPRING! Glorious SPRING! So let’s write about … SPRING! It’s so beautiful outside here in the Pacific Northwest that I could barely pull myself back indoors to get this Saturday Story Starter going. For those of you who haven’t participated before, Saturday Story Starter is purely for fun, just a way to exercise those writing

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Fan mail Friday

It’s that time of the week again! Before I share this week’s mail with you, though, I have something exciting to announce. We finally have a title for MDBC #7!! MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CAMP Fun, huh? I love it. Love it! And I’m enormously grateful to Justin Chanda, one of Simon & Schuster’s resident geniuses, for the

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New York, New York!

Hey New York friends and fans – I’m heading your way next month! I’ll be in town for the Edgar Awards (click here to read about THAT excitement), and have been invited to a signing at Books of Wonder with my fellow nominees. Hope you can join us all on Tuesday April 28th — click here

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Saturday Story Starter

It’s time for our March story starter! For those of you who haven’t participated before, Saturday Story Starter is purely for fun, just 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, on the computer screen).

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Fan mail Friday

You know I don’t play favorites, right? I love all of my readers, and I love all of the mail you send me. Nothing brightens my day more than reading a letter or an email or a comment from one of you. But this drawing is pretty special. Take a close look, and I think you’ll agree.

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Bookology!

Calling all teachers, librarians, writers, illustrators, readers and lovers of books for young people! There’s a new game in town, and it’s called BOOKOLOGY, a free online magazine celebrating children’s literature, specifically with a focus on K-8. It’s stuffed full of fun things–articles, interviews with writers and illustrators, inspiration for curriculum connections, and other resources. Click

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Come hear Susan Fletcher speak!

Calling all PDX writers – fabulous opportunity to hear the incomparable Susan Fletcher (whom I’ve interviewed here before) talk about her research and writing process tonight. She’ll be speaking at the Hillsboro Main Library … I’m looking forward to it!

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Valentine’s Day tea party

Calling all NW friends! Looking for a fun family event for Valentine’s Day? How about attending a tea party with my friend and fellow writer Susan Fletcher and me? We’ll be at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon next Saturday the 14th from 1:30 to 3:30, talking about books (and signing, of course). Tea and treats

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Confessions of an accidental mystery novelist…

Many thanks to the fine folks (and my MG peeps) at “From the Mixed-Up Files” blog for interviewing me!  Click here to read it and learn a bit about how my latest book ABSOLUTELY TRULY (and 2015 Edgar Award nominee — still pinching myself over that one!) came to be.

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