Wisconsin Librarians Conference 2017

The Wisconsin Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators set up a booth at this year’s annual librarian conference. Not only was it great to meet librarians and tell them about our organization, but also to meet other Wisconsin authors!

Giving away 50 copies of Locked Doors!

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On Thursday, October 19th I will be volunteering for at the Wisconsin chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators exhibit booth at the Wisconsin Library Association annual conference. Let your Wisconsin children librarians know that I will be giving away 50 copies of Locked Doors, the newest Pameroy Mystery set in central Wisconsin! Please encourage any Wisconsin librarians you know to check out the SCBWI in the exhibitor’s hall.


Thank you to the friends, family, and customers who braved the cold, rainy November day  to join me at Barnes & Noble in Oakbrook, Illinois for my book signing. The York Township High School musicians performed beautiful Christmas music and raised money for the York Music Boosters.

Book signing at Barnes & Noble, Oak Brook, Illinois


Grateful to the York Music Boosters for inviting me to share in their book fair fundraiser at the Oak Brook Center in Oak Brook, Illinois. Great way to start the holiday season on Monday, November 28, 2016.

Using photographs for inspiration

In writing I often use photographs for inspiration. In Haunted Hills, the newest Pameroy Mystery, the character of Tod, who we met in Watched Places, reappears. He will be working with a group of actors doing reenactments of scenes from the early years of Deadwood. They perform on Main Street and take us back to the late 1880’s when Deadwood was a wild west town. This image seemed to fit perfectly. This is Tod! The Great Big World of the web once again came into the Small World I’m creating in this mystery.


Watched Places book launch party…

Swift-Coles Historic Home

Swift-Coles Historic Home

Excited to be invited to hold the book launch of the newest Pameroy Mystery, Watched Places right in the home where the story is set! The Swift-Coles Historic Home is a beautiful tidewater mansion located in Bon Secour, Alabama.

The event will be held on Sunday, June 5th from 1:00 to 3:00pm.

Grab a map and take a self-guided tour of the house and grounds. See actual settings from scenes in the novel…from the four seater outhouse to the fairy godmother lawn statue. Books will be available for purchase that day, or you can buy ahead of time on Amazon the end of May. I’ll be signing books and drawing names for raffle prizes. A limited number of goodie bags will be handed out first come…if you register by sending your name to my publisher at info@laughingdeerpress.com, I’ll be glad to hold one in reserve for you. These goodie bags are for middle grade/tweens ages 9-12 years.

Hope to see you there…if you have any questions contact me at…



Snowy day writing…


Some days we just have to hunker down and do it. I felt that way today while editing Watched Places for the June publication date and watching snowfall outside my window. Despite loving the change of seasons and grateful for the Arizona warmth I’d enjoyed during the winter months, I found myself wanting to curl up under a throw on the couch and read a good book!

Nature’s beautiful taste…

“A taste for the beautiful

is most cultivated out-of-doors,

where the is no house

and no housekeeper.”

Henry David Thoreau

Spider’s web…


“Fiction is like a spider’s web,

attached ever so lightly perhaps,

but still attached to life

at all four corners.”

Virginia Woolf

Writing tree

Decision to write a middle grade/preteen mystery series…check.

Write and publish the first book…check.

Learn techie things…check.

Wade through social media and marketing basics…check.

Writing tree planted!