I love speaking about writing and sharing insights about: revision, publishing, the query process, how to get an agent, the submission process, how to overcome rejection, and what it's like to edit a young adult series with an editor at a traditional publisher. I can also discuss craft, including: developing a compelling hook, character, plot, dialogue, world-building, etc.
So far, my favorite question asked by a young people is, 'What's it like to do your dream job?' I enjoy sharing the 'behind-the-scenes' of author life, and the highs and lows of an industry that can be hard to break into. I love connecting with readers and writers, and inspiring people to pursue their dreams.
Conferences and festivals
I have presented on panels for RT Booklovers' Convention, Barnes & Noble B-Fest, Teens Read Week, Fierce Reads, and more.
I have spoken at middle schools and high schools, and am currently the writer-in-residence at Valley High School in West Des Moines, where I work directly with creative writing students, mentoring them through the narrative process.
If you would like to have me speak at a school or conference, please email me directly.