September 10, 2014: Updated EVIL LIBRARIAN book and launch party info, updated upcoming events, other small tweaks throughout.

As always, more content, links, etc. still to come, whenever I have time to add them. Additional links to other author sites and pages of interest can be found on my blog.


(YA novel)
Candlewick Press, 9-9-2014

(picture book)
illustrated by Matt Phelan
Candlewick Press, Spring 2015

aka Trelian book 3, finally! :)
(middle grade novel)
Candlewick Press, Fall 2015


Hi, there and thanks for visiting! This site contains information about me and my work. I'm the author of forty-four books for young readers, with more on the way. I'm also a freelance children's book editor and writing coach (see my editing page for rates and terms).

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My new book (and debut YA novel) was released into the world on September 9, 2014! Here are some of the early reviews:

[A] self-aware supernatural dramedy... The writing is clever, the tone wry, and the stakes high, with surprises that keep the plot unpredictable. Cyn’s internal monologue provides plenty of amusement, especially when her hormones threaten to overpower her common sense. It’s an entertaining tale with room for future installments.
Publishers Weekly

Snappily narrated, tightly plotted and generally just right. Forget paranormal romance; this horror-humor-romance pastiche is where those in search of hot nonhumans should set their sights.
Kirkus Reviews

"If Louise Rennison and Christopher Moore had a bibliographic love child it would be this cheekily narrated supernatural offering."
School Library Journal

Hysterical! Smart and funny, with a little drama, a little romance, and just the right touch of evil.
— Stephenie Meyer, author of the bestselling Twilight Saga


I'll be celebrating the launch on Friday, September 12, at the fabulous WORD in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. If you're going to be in the NYC area, you should come! And if you can't come, you can still pre-order a signed book and they will mail it out to you. More info, including pre-order information, on the Facebook invite below. RSVPs encouraged but not required! And please definitely pre-order a book if you know you want one, so that we won't run out on the night of the event.

By the way, pre-ordering is the NUMBER ONE BEST THING you can do to help this book do well, so if you're a fan of my work, I hope you will consider doing so! I always encourage you to support your local independent bookstores, but you can also pre-order through Barnes & Noble and Amazon if you prefer. But obviously only books ordered through WORD will be signed/personalized! :)

Here's the Facebook invite link:


Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:00pm: EVIL LIBRARIAN launch party at WORD in Brooklyn, NY.

Friday, September 19, 2014, 4:00pm: #EvilLibrarian Twitter chat - come ask me things, answer trivia questions, win a signed book!

Saturday, September 20, 2014: I'll be signing books at the ninth annual Princeton Children's Book Festival in Princeton, NJ.

Sunday, September 21, 2014: I'll be at the author breakfast at this year's New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) Fall Conference in Arlington, VA.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014: EVIL LIBRARIAN Skype party with Steele Memorial Library in Chemung County, NY

Saturday, October 18, 2014: EVIL LIBRARIAN book signing at the New York Public Library shop. Specific time TBD - check back soon!

Saturday and Sunday, October 25 and 26 (exact schedule TBD): I'll be at the Texas Book Festival in Austin, TX! More info to come once I know it ...

Saturday, November 15, 2014: I'll be signing books at the 18th annual Rochester's Children's Book Festival in Rochester, NY!

Want a signed book?

If you can't make it to one of my book signings, you can still get yourself a signed, personalized book (or get one for someone else as a gift, or get a whole bunch of signed books for a whole bunch of nice people). Here is how to do it:

Use the link below to get to the special page WORD (my awesome local bookstore) has set up for ordering signed copies of my books. Once there, you can select the books you want, and when you place the order, put a note in the comments field saying that you would like the books signed and describing how you would like them personalized (e.g., "For Margaret," or "Happy Birthday, Timmy!"). You can also say "signature only," if you want a book signed but not personalized.

WORD will let me know that someone has requested signed books, and I'll head over to the store and sign the book or books per your order. If you live in the area, you can pick up the book(s) at the store; otherwise, WORD will ship them out to you.

Here is the link:

If you have any questions about how this works, please feel free to email me. You can also contact WORD by phone or email and ask them book-ordering-related questions.


Big Mean Mike is the winner of the 2013 Irma Black Award! You can read more about the award here.

Big Mean Mike has also been selected for the Children's Choices 2013 Reading List!

Big Mean Mike was a finalist in the Children's Choice Book Awards and the
WINNER of the Magnolia Award (Mississippi Children's Choice) in the K-2 category and the Golden Archer Award (Wisconsin Children's Choice) in the primary category!

It was also selected as one of Amazon's Best Picture Books of 2012!

Have you read THE PRINCESS OF TRELIAN yet?

The Princess of Trelian is the sequel to The Dragon of Trelian, so if you haven't read Dragon, you should read that first! Both are available from Indiebound or Barnes and Noble or your favorite online or brick-and-mortar bookstore. Ebook versions of both are also available. As always, I encourage you to support your local independent bookstore whenever possible!

Here is a direct link to The Princess of Trelian on Indiebound.

And here's a direct link to the Google ebooks version of The Dragon of Trelian. It's also available in paperback, hardcover, and other ebook formats.

From the reviews:

"Wonderful characters ... fluid writing .... Fans will eagerly await the climactic confrontation between forces in the next book." —The Horn Book

"Engaging take on traditional fantasy." —Booklist

"It is a pleasure to revisit two such appealing protagonists." —Kirkus

And see what other readers have to say so far on Goodreads.