DREAMWOOD is my first book, out now from Putnam (Penguin Random House). It’s the story of Lucy Darrington, a determined twelve-year-old girl who undertakes a dangerous journey to find her father, an expert in the supernatural who’s gone missing in search of dreamwood, a rare tree with magical properties. After running away from boarding school, she arrives in a remote part of what’s like the Pacific Northwest—although with key differences: magic trees, sea serpents, and haunted forests in a landscape controlled by the Lupine people. Lucy and her vexingly stubborn friend Pete follow her father’s trail to the deadly woods on Devil’s Thumb—only to find that dreamwood itself might be the greatest threat of all. Check it out on IndieBound, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble. Or read some of the super nice reviews.
More than most years, 2020 has been hard to pin down. It seemed like several small epochs fit into the space of 12 months, as if 2020 were a kind of magical bag with limitless capacity, sort of like the sack Hermione has in one of the late Harry Potters, where she produces shelter, a ... [Continue reading]
I’ll be speaking at the California Writers Club, Mt. Diablo Branch, on May 14 at a banquet to honor young writers for the club’s 2016 Young Writers Contest. My talk is going to be about “Turning Ideas Into Stories.” Later this summer, I’ll be at the Mendocino Writers Conference, August 4-6. I’m so excited about ... [Continue reading]