I’d love to visit with your students indoors, outdoors, or online! 

I’m available for book festivals, book readings, author Q&As, and in-person and virtual school visits for grades 3-8 with topics like: “Writing Your Identity,” “Characters and Creators Are Curious Beings!,” “Hey, What’s Your Point of View?,” “Plotting Along,” “Remarkable Repetition,” and more!

I love talking about children’s books, my path to publication and writing process, where I get my inspiration for characters and stories, and how we can all find the courage to tell the stories of our hearts.

I’m happy to travel if you are not located in my hometown of Austin, Texas.

Check out my SCBWI Speakers Bureau Profile!

Request me through the Writers’ League of Texas Project WISE!

Now booking free virtual visits for WORLD READ ALOUD DAY on February 7, 2024!

photo credit: Kim Francois

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned!

Past Events

July 2023

Writing Barn Youth Virtual Summer Camp

June 2023

Meet the Authors Event at Buy the Book in The Woodlands!

April 2023

Panelist at the Books and Bees Festival!


SPRINGCON23 San Antonio; Children’s Authors All Around Breakfast

Selling and Signing Books through WLT at the San Antonio Book Festival!

Texas Library Association Annual Conference in Austin!


March 2023

Author Panel Discussion at Laura’s Library!


In-person Author Visit, Webb Middle School through Project WISE

February 2023

VCFA Virtual Book Birthday Party for The Puttermans Are in House!

Virtual classroom presentation about WISHING UPON THE SAME STARS and “Writing Your Identity” with Starwood Academy of Frisco!

The Puttermans Are in the House book launch at Brazos Bookstore!

Thank you for having me into your classrooms for WRAD: AX Benavides Elementary, Margaret A Neary Elementary, Reading Junior High, and Camp Curtin Academy Middle School!

January 2023 

The Puttermans Are in the House book launch at BookPeople!

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School Literary Festival

Receiving my MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults at the Vermont College of Fine Arts!

November 2022

Texas Book Festival, YA Moderator: “High Stakes: Big Escapes, Superpowers, and Battles of the Gods”

October 2022

Author Q&A with the Mohawk Valley Reading Council

Author Q&A at Austin Community College

September 2022

PEN America, Banned Books Reader in Austin

August 2022

Austin SCBWI, Panelist: “All About Editing”

June 2022

Writers’ League of Texas, Panelist: “Tackling Tough Topics in Children’s Literature” and Moderator “The State of Kid Lit Today”

April 2022

Books of Wonder Virtual Book Talk, Panelist: “Great Middle Grade Reads”

Texas Library Association Annual Conference, Moderator: “What’s New With Texas Middle Grade Authors”

Austin SCBWI Virtual Conference, Panelist: “Debut Authors”

March 2022

Vermont College of Fine Arts Book Birthday!

February 2022

Wishing Upon the Same Stars Virtual Launch Party at the Writing Barn!

Book Signing at BookPeople!