AFTER THE SHOT DROPS NOW ON AUDIOBOOK!

AFTER THE SHOT DROPS is now available on audiobook! Thanks to JB Adkins and Ramón de Ocampo for bringing Bunny and Nasir to life! As an avid audiobook listener and believer in Universal Design for Learning, I'm thrilled that my story is now accessible to even more readers. Check out a sample here. To purchase: Listening … Continue reading AFTER THE SHOT DROPS NOW ON AUDIOBOOK!

On Stories and Empathy

For the last few years, I've ended every school year by giving students what I refer to as my "empathy" speech, a 5-7 minute attempt to contextualize the importance of the subject I teach (English). None of this is probably terribly new, but this year I felt like writing it out because this is my … Continue reading On Stories and Empathy

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

After the Shot Drops hits shelves today! Much love to the team that helped bring this story to life: To Kathryn—thank you for pretty much everything. I am a better writer and a better human being because of you. Thank you for reading so many drafts of everything I write, for board game date nights, for … Continue reading ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

RAISING FUNDS FOR US VIRGIN ISLANDS HURRICANE RELIEF

A few weeks ago, the publishing industry came together to raise over $200,000 for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico through auctioning books, critiques, Skype visits, etc., so the good folks behind #USVIPubFund are trying to do it again to help the U.S. Virgin Islands. Check out their site here and if you feel so inclined, please … Continue reading RAISING FUNDS FOR US VIRGIN ISLANDS HURRICANE RELIEF

AFTER THE SHOT DROPS COVER REVEAL + CHAPTER ONE!

A little over a week ago, Paste Magazine hosted the cover reveal for my next book, After the Shot Drops which comes out on March 6, 2017 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. I might be biased, but I'm all about it! The designer (whose name I don't know yet) did an amazing job of creating some beautiful imagery … Continue reading AFTER THE SHOT DROPS COVER REVEAL + CHAPTER ONE!

SHIFTING THE SPOTLIGHT

In what I believe is the first photograph of me that exists, there is a woman standing behind me who is neither my mother nor my lola (with whom I lived with for the first year of my life). Instead it was a woman casually referred to as the “maid.” In my visits to the … Continue reading SHIFTING THE SPOTLIGHT

WELCOME HOME COVER REVEAL

Today, YA Books Central is hosting the cover reveal and a giveaway for WELCOME HOME, the adoption-themed anthology edited by Eric Smith in which I have a story! The other contributors include Adi Alsaid, Nic Stone, Dave Connis, Helene Dunbar, Libby Cudmore, Lauren Gibaldi, Matthew Quinn Martin, Mindy McGinnis, Sammy Nickalls, Shannon M. Parker, Karen Akins, Erica M. … Continue reading WELCOME HOME COVER REVEAL