January 9, 2020

*I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. 

A new early chapter book series, written by Christine A. Platt and illustrated by Sharon Sordo, features siblings Ana and Andrew, as they travel with their family to le...

June 30, 2019

I’m happy to say my short story, ‘Pass the Hot Sauce, is published in Incoming: Sex, Drugs, and Copenhagen, which features true stories of veterans told in their own words, “straight from their own mouths, about what comes from the boredom, loneliness, and need for esc...

June 11, 2019

Check out my review of M. L. Doyle’s latest urban fantasy thriller, The Bonding Blade, over on The Military Spouse Book Review. It’s a fantastic website that publishes book reviews, essays, and articles by women connected to the military. 

April 21, 2019

A short story I wrote about a time in Thailand while in the Peace Corps  (89-91) was included in the 2019 Wanderlust Anthology. ‘No Problem’, (which translates into Thai as ‘mai pen rai’,)  is about dads. My piece is the second one in so you can read it on Amazon...

April 1, 2019

I had such a rollercoaster ride with this book. Reading it, slamming it shut, then being brave enough to read more only to throw it across the room.

Snowblind by Don Roff is mind blowing. 

Disclosure: I met Don a few months ago at a writer’s room gathering in Seattl...

April 1, 2019

Yay! I spent the last year turning my book, Granola, MN, into a screenplay. Very happy that it got this far…Thank you! https://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/2019-quarterfinalists/

UPDATE April 20:  Dang, Granola didn't make it to the semi finalist list. Sigh...back to work...

January 25, 2019

Our Military Family, by Suzan Johnson, illustrated by Sana Freeman, is a delightfully diverse children’s book for military families as well as friends who support them. (Ages 4-8) There is also a Spanish bilingual edition.

It is told through the voice of Harmony, a youn...

January 25, 2019

I’m happy be a Multicultural Children's Book Day reviewer again as we celebrate it’s SIXTH year!

Ann Fights for Freedom by Nikki Shannon Smith, illustrated by Alessia Trunfio for children ages 8 and up

Twelve-year-old Ann has at least one thing to be thankful for- a...

December 15, 2018

In Rolf Yngve’s new short story collection, ‘Dog Watches’, the Sea is the antagonist that rocks and rolls otherwise ordinary men and women into tumultuous and extraordinary circumstances. 

I met Rolf at the War, Literature and Arts Conference held this fall at the U.S....

December 2, 2018

I attended the War, Literature and Arts conference, "Representing and Remembering War,” held this fall at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. What a great turn out of women war writers! (I’m on the far right.) Thank you Andria for the photo - and much love an...

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Book Awards
Bilingual Children's Series

2015 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers in Creative Prose


2014 AIGA MN Design Award for I Know how to Ni Hao

 illustrator Lucas Richards


Short stories and poetry

How to make Bosnian Chicken Salad

Hello! America

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No Problem

Pass the Hot Sauce 

Chapter Two