news & events
September 6, 2018, Tattered Cover Bookstore (Colfax Ave.), Educators' Night, 6-9 pm-- Free and open to Denver metro area educators of elementary, middle, and high school! Join us for a fun evening with dozens of authors and hundreds of educators. Register with Haley Huffman, School Outreach Coordinator at the Tattered Cover.
Colorado Public Radio's awesome reporter Grace Hood interviewed me and my writer friends Todd Mitchell (The Last Panther) and Eliot Schrefer (The Lost Rainforest) for a piece on contemporary kids' literature with environmental themes... you can listen to it here. (It's only 4 minutes long!)
My essay "Barren in the Andes"-- about my encounter with a shaman (spitting fireballs at me in Ecuador) whose healing ceremony prompted me to adopt my son from Guatemala-- was anthologized in a new book, The Soul of a Great Traveler: 10 Years of Solas Award-Winning Travel Stories. The book came out in October 2017 (and is intended for adults. ;-) Find it at your local bookstore or order here.
My next book, Tree of Dreams, will be coming out with Scholastic Press on March 26, 2019! It's set partly in a chocolate shop in a small mountain town in Colorado, and partly in the Amazon rain forest of Ecuador. Ages 8 to 14 (and beyond!)
When Coco fears her life in the family chocolate shop is crumbling, a dream leads her deep into the Amazon Rainforest. There she discovers how far and wide her heart can grow.
You can read more about the book here.
I'm also working on my first YA speculative fiction book, which I'm really excited about! All I'll say about it for now is that it involves virtual reality and is set on a mysterious island...
My friend, Gloria Garcia Diaz, and I are collaborating on a bilingual picture book-- still at the beginning stages, but loads of fun.
I update my blog a few times a year with photos and details of my research, writing, events, travels, creative projects, and of course... vintage trailers. Come look!