Summer 2015 roundup

The days are (finally) getting cooler and damper here in the Pacific Northwest and most of the kids are back in school, so it seems like a good time to reflect on the summer. I typically don’t get to do much writing-related work over the summer, since the kids are home from school and the sun is shining, but this summer was filled with fun and exciting author events! First, I got to participate in a huge author panel at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, IL. Continue reading →

Radio Interview: Brooke Taylor’s A Special Connection

I recently had the honor of being interviewed by Brooke Taylor on her inspiring radio show, A Special Connection on WHKW AM1220 in Cleveland, Ohio. Brooke just happened to have stumbled across one of my books at her local public library and was moved by it, so she reached out to me to talk about it. The whole show is fantastic, but if you’re in a rush, we start discussing Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah at about the 31:58 mark, and Be a Continue reading →

How has volunteerism impacted you–what’s your story?

Happy National Volunteer Week! According to the Points of Light website, “National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, 2015, is about… taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference.” That sounds a whole lot like the message behind Be a Changemaker, don’t you think? I thought so, so I decided to help spread the word about an initiative associated with National Volunteer Week called “What’s Your Story?” The purpose Continue reading →

In which I make my podcast debut on The Artist Rolls!

As I’ve mentioned before, I love listening to podcasts. One of my favorites is The Artist Rolls. On The Artist Rolls, Sean and Jamie ask their creative guests to fill out a form loosely inspired by character sheets from role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons. They use these character sheets to help explore and discuss how each guest divides their time across the many different roles creative people must take on, what mediums they use to do their work, what their personal work style is, Continue reading →

3 easy ways to help an author

Many people have asked me what they can do to help promote my book. Many others have already helped in ways both big and small, and I’m grateful for each and every one. If you’ve ever wondered how to help an author friend, here are some quick, easy things you can do that will have a big impact. 1. If you can, buy the book… for yourself and for others! Books make great gifts, so consider holidays, birthdays, and other celebrations as well as graduations, retirements, Continue reading →