I made myself cry yesterday. It's embarrassing. I sat at my kitchen counter working on my third novel and became an emotional wreck at one point in the plot. Semi-spoiler alert: I have promised my students that beloved animals will never die in my books. People can die in my books, but not animals. So, no, a pet didn't die. But, I discovered that the emotional attachment I have to animals creates tears and heartache in any type of stressful situation. (If I ever meet Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, I will slap him! I melted into tears on page one of that stupid, fabulous novel.) As I typed and blubbered at the same time, one portion of my brain kept saying, "You better

Seeing Stars

The past month has been a whirlwind of activity and excitement. Josiah was released in paperback and electronic formats. The Greeley History Museum and the High Plains Library District hosted a book launch event on May 20. I was overwhelmed by the support of everyone who came. There was a full house for my presentation. The questions were fantastic, and the presentation ran a little over the allotted time. I signed a lot of books that day. Writer's cramp was most welcome. The highlight of the day was when I was surprised by my very own "groupies." It took me a minute to realize that it was my face on their T-shirts! These fantastic young people were students several years ago, but we've obvi

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