Monday, March 28, 2016

My Work Space

I had my kids move their stuff off my desk last night, so it is clean! 
I have new project to draft, and I'm hoping, hoping, hoping I can make it as awesome and hilarious as it is living inside my head.

Coffee is brewing and the dogs are behaving, so off to work I go. Happy Monday, y'all. 

Xo, Kristin

Wednesday, February 17, 2016



I was lucky enough to interview debut author Victoria Coe on the Swanky Seventeens about her delightful middle-grade novel, FENWAY & HATTIE, in stores now. It's written from a dog's point of view and is tons of fun. Perfect for ages 8 and up! Click on the link to read. 


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hey, It's National Young Readers Day.

The great folks at Casper informed me that today is National Young Readers Day. To celebrate kid readers everywhere, I thought I'd share with you what my family is reading now. I'm always a sucker for seeing what books occupy friends' shelves and nightstands, so here's a little peek into what my crew (ranging in age from 8-14) is reading now before lights out.

MERCY WATSON GOES FOR A RIDE by Kate DiCamillo. Art by Chris Van Dusen.

SMILE by Raina Telgemeier

LITTLE RED GLIDING HOOD by Tara Lazar. Art by Troy Cummings

FISH IN A TREE by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

PRISONER B-3087 by Alan Gratz

THE LUMBERJANES by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis

BLACK DIAMOND: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack

ROAR! by Tammi Sauer. Art by Liz Starin

FEED by M.T. Anderson

And I'm currently reading . . .

THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH by Martha Brockenbrough

I'd love to hear what is on your nightstand. If you're inclined, leave me a good book suggestion below. Happy reading!


Friday, June 19, 2015

Exiting News.

I'm over the moon to announce the sale of my debut middle-grade novel to Simon & Schuster's Paula Wiseman Books. Look for Vilonia in Spring 2017. She's warming up her pitching arm as we speak. :)


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Is your children's or YA manuscript ready to share with the world? The SCBWI Work-in-Progress Awards are now open! Click here for more information.

Good luck!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

We Need Diverse Books

If your holiday shopping includes giving books, and I hope it does, you may like these handy flowcharts created by Tracy Lopez.  (You can click on the images to enlarge them.) The We Need Diverse Books campaign celebrates stories of varying backgrounds and cultures, most different from my own. 

Picture Books:

Middle Grade:

Young Adult:

Happy Holidays and thanks for giving books. 


Thursday, October 30, 2014

PiBoIdMo 2014

It's that time of year! Picture Book Idea Month. Generate 30 picture book ideas in the month of November. 
Participants who register for PiBoIdMo and complete the 30-idea challenge will be eligible for prizes, including signed picture books, original art, critiques, Skype sessions and feedback from one of ten picture book agents. 
This year’s agents are:
I've taken part of PiBoIdMo since the beginning. I love having a springboard of ideas (some great, others not so much) I can work from year round. (Thank you, Tara!) A helpful hint:  I actually use the Notesy app that syncs from my laptop to my phone, so I can jot down ideas wherever I may be. So, good luck!

Here's to a creative month!