In my novel, The Souls of Her Feet, the downtrodden protagonist’s life changes, as in every Cinderella story, when a Fairy Godmother appears in her life. But in this version, the “godmother” is also her real-life, legitimate godfather — the former best friend of her deceased parents. I chose to make this traditionally female character […]
A book of mine is never truly launched until I’ve read at my neighborhood bookstore! Perfectly Revolting at Laurel (twice)! The Bullying Antidote at Laurel The Reason She Left at Laurel’s “Local Literary Lights” event! Laurel Bookstore is no longer in my neighborhood; they’ve moved ‘up’ to downtown Oakland and have become the city’s new […]
In Beth Barany’s weekly live #askaWritingCoach chat on BLAB, she interviewed me about adaptation of creative works into different media. It was great to have a chance to sit down and think through how many media The Souls of Her Feet has morphed through in its long development. (As the first in a trilogy!) Why, if I’d been […]
Bullying does not have to be “a normal part of childhood,” nor do kids “grow out of it naturally.” Parents have the power to change the world by teaching kids how to create positive power dynamics. “The Bullying Antidote focuses on solutions. Parents will evolve.” — Dr. Laura Markham The Bullying Antidote is a well-researched resource for practical […]
It’s been two and a half years since The Bullying Antidote hit the shelves, and we are finally launching discussion groups! It really is a book designed to create change in groups. As a matter of fact, the stickers on the Zorgos Project books read, “Don’t read this book alone!” Would you like to discuss […]
It’s been a busy October! I started a little job as Site Lead at an elementary school for the NoBully program. After having written about out-of-the-box Bully Prevention Programs (Chapter 6 of TBA), it is interesting to be involved in one! NoBully succeeds by building empathy…a key component of Zorgos! (More on this later.) But there […]
“How would one define a DecoBelle? By her rouged knees? Her bee-stung lips? The gold beachball she carries around? To be in the presence of a DecoBelle is to be in the presence of mystery: How does she do that? Why does she do that? And how does she make it look so easy? What “it” refers to, of course, […]
I’m re-reading The Souls of Her Feet because it’s coming out soon with a new publisher—and I came across this passage: I cried that night, realizing I would probably never get what I really wanted, ever again. I strengthened myself, thinking of all the people in the world who would never get what they wanted. […]
If you’ve read a book that you think deserves some attention, here are 12 ways you can spread the word. Just pick one! (This post is linked up to The Bullying Antidote.) The best way to help is to write a 5-star (it’s important to rate it as 4 or 5 stars) review anywhere… but Amazon.com is the most influential […]
I remember how my stomach sank when I learned my first banned book had to be removed from the shelves! Read all about it in Perfectly Revolting. It’s no Joy of Sex, but it comes very close!
There is no describing my experience reading at The Literary Foolery Cabaret in San Francisco…I must show it!
I need to do some fundraising if I am to get myself to the Preservation Ball, where the Decobelles will be getting a preservation award! Will you subscribe to my charm & beauty book for $10 and help a sister out?