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First draft done!

Honey bunches, it’s been a mad scramble, and I’ve had a TON of help from…

NEW EVENT! See you in Barnes and Noble

Yvonne and Alison and I are actually doing TWO Barnes and Nobles events on June…

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I am lamer on Instagram than even on Twitter (which is saying a lot), BUT…

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Praise for THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY

Adventures in publishing

I am really enjoying this book publicity stuff, as I knew I would.  I am living the dream! When I was a little undocumented girl living in a ratty basement, I would entertain my parents by putting on fashion shows with feather boas and wigs, making entrance after entrance just so that I could change…

The world spins

The phone rang this morning at 8:05 a.m.. It was a call timed as only someone who knows when I drop off my children at school can time it, because he sometimes shares the chore. “Good morning,” I answered. “Good morning,” said my ex-husband. “You know I talk to you now more than I did when…

The world spins

Yearning to Breathe Free: The Irreverent Illegal Girl’s Rant on Independence Day

I love the 4th of July.  Growing up as an undocumented immigrant, I had a conflicted relationship with it.  On the one hand, I loved everything about it – the flags, the red, white and blue on everything, the fireworks and, of course, the story.  On the other hand, I knew that it was just…

For Writers: What Pixar can teach you

I am a big fan of animated movies.  I think some of the best storytelling of the last 20 years has been done in animation.  I was reminded of this fact twice this past week, one when I saw Inside Out and the second time when my son played me this animated short, an early storyboard…

Birth Wars

In today’s birthing world, no decision about pregnancy and newborns seems easy.  Epidural or not?  Midwife or doctor?  Breastfeeding and pumping, or supplemental formula?  Every decision is wrought with political, maternal and cultural subtext.  Breastfeed and you’re a good mom, but breastfeed too long and you’re a militant.  Give birth with an epidural and you’re…

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New book trailers for THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY

One of the coolest things about the Riverdale High School book festival is that the students put together video book trailers for THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY (andfor each of the participating authors’ books). They were creative and demonstrated a…

Riverdale High School in Fort Myers rocks!

I love high school book festivals. This past week I was fortunate enough to be…

Buy THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY

THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY,  a young adult novel about an undocumented teenager, has been…

Essays

Mother’s Day – an essay on ambivalence

I’ve always been ambivalent about Mother’s Day, but I’ve never been able to put my…

There is always after

I don’t deal with bad news well.  No one does, I guess, but I am…

A Dear John to the Port Authority

For everyone who has commuted via mass transit into New York City.  Or anywhere else,…

Birth Wars

In today’s birthing world, no decision about pregnancy and newborns seems easy.  Epidural or not?  Midwife or doctor?  Breastfeeding and pumping, or supplemental formula?  Every decision is wrought with political, maternal and cultural subtext.  Breastfeed and you’re a good mom,…

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