May 26

Returning to Long Island (virtually anyway), I had an exciting morning when I spoke to the fine students of Fork Lane Elementary in Hicksville, NY! I’m sorry I didn’t get a screenshot during one of my three sessions, but I DID get some questions emailed to me right away from a few of the students. Very cool!

Thanks to Mrs. Hudson and Mrs. Guiliano for inviting me. Thanks to Mr. Callender, Mr. Friedman, and Mr. Kerkenides for tech support. And the biggest thanks of all goes to the wonderful students at Fork Lane Elementary. Keep those questions coming, and don’t forget the four words!

May 3

The Mitchells vs. the Machines has been released on Netflix! This action-packed animated movie is about a fractured family being humanity’s only hope against an army of robots set to take over the world!

I haven’t watched it yet, but I’m intimately familiar with the screenplay since I wrote its novelization over a year ago. The movie’s release date had been pushed back and back due to the pandemic, but I’m thrilled to see it finally become available to viewers!

Now, if you enjoy the movie and want to relive the amazing adventure in book form, be sure to check out my work based on the film, Connected. I hope you enjoy reading it, and I look forward to telling you all about writing it when I’m back visiting schools again!

May 1

Today I attended my very first book festival at the Winnsboro Festival of Books in Winnsboro, Texas! I met many great authors and was honored to be a part of the Children’s Literature Panel along with the very talented Nancy Churnin, Mary Brooke Casad, and Rosie J. Pova. Together, we learned about each other’s books and answered many great questions about the writing process and what it’s like creating stories for children of all ages.

Thanks to Terry Mathews and the Winnsboro Center for the Arts for inviting me and for lunch at the wonderful South African restaurant, Liefie Li Vine. I had a great time, and as I mentioned to all who attended, feel free to shoot any writing questions my way via:!