Frequently asked questions
Why do you write for children/young adults?
Wonderful question! I LOVE writing for children of all ages because this age range adores hearing a good story and being the person behind their bedtime stories/leisure reading is a true honor. However, my work is certainly not limited to only a younger audience.
Will you sign my copy of your book(s)?
Of course! I'm a Houstonian, but sometimes I travel to literary events in other cities like Texas Book Festival in Austin. Basically, if you ever see me in public and you have a copy/copies of my book(s) with you, please do not hesitate to stop me and ask me for an autograph. I do not mind at all.
I want to be a writer someday - can you give me some advice?
Yes! Unfortunately, there is no 'secret' to becoming a successful writer. Rejections hurt a lot, but you HAVE to keep trying. Writing is like playing soccer - if you keep kicking enough, you will eventually score a goal. My first novel, BEHIND MOUNT RUSHMORE, was rejected 122 times before I got my three-book deal with Vital Narrative. Imagine if I had given up after 100 rejections - I wouldn't be where I am now. No matter how tough your writing situation is, never, never, never give up.
Will you come talk at my school/library/community center/etc.?
Definitely! I've done Skype visits in the past, but if the place is within a light to moderate driving distance, I will be there in person.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Ever since I was a kindergartener, I loved telling my friends stories during recess. In later elementary school, I vividly remember telling my friends stories as we sat together around a big, yellow slide. Whenever our teacher blew her whistle to signal that recess was over, they'd say "No! We want to hear the ending, Darlene!"