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My Newest YA Book

It is 1913 and vaudeville is America’s most popular form of entertainment. Thousands of theatres and opera houses across the country host vaudeville troupes, including the Princess Theater in Brattleboro, Vermont. There, fifteen-year-old Teresa LeClair—who has a “voice like a nightingale”—remembers the thrill of singing onstage as a child. But her parents gave up life on the road, and her father has decided that Teresa, blessed with perfect pitch, should drop out of school and work in the tuning rooms of the local organ factory. 

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  Dorset Village Library, Dorset, VT

Upcoming Events for The Life Fantastic

Please join me at events in Vermont:

Saturday, July 8, 2017, 3:00 pm
Dorset Village Library
Route 30, Dorset, Vermont
Book talk, reading and signing

On Saturday, November 1st, I joined a group of young adult authors at the author luncheon hosted by ASTAL (The Alliance for the Study and Teaching of Adolescent Literature) at Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island. I was surprised, and honored, to receive the 10th annual Joan I. Glazer award for teaching. I was a founding member and teacher at ASTAL’s summer institute.
Student Andrew Ruscito describes the award, “Ten years ago, ASTAL's good friend and colleague Joan Glazer retired from RIC. The executive committee here in ASTAL wanted to acknowledge her numerous contributions as a teacher, scholar, and leader in the field of Literature for Young People. We presented her with the first ASTAL Award that year. Following that event, the committee decided to establish an ongoing award called the Joan I. Glazer Award to honor leaders, teachers, scholars, and writers from all aspects of the field.”
Thank you to ASTAL’s faculty, executive committee, and writing community for this recognition.
ASTAL Luncheon
At the Luncheon for the Literate, authors and speakers included (left to right): Kelly Easton, Linda Crotta Brennan, Kristen Tracy, Janet Taylor Lisle, Dr. Jean Brown (ASTAL Director), Liza Ketchum, Mark Peter Hughes. Missing from the photo: Kimberly Newton Fusco.


I hope you'll enjoy this interview about Out of Left Field with Dana Forsythe in Wicked Local Watertown, my hometown newspaper. Read "Watertown Author Releases 16th Young Adult Novel."

On Hamline University's blog, The Storyteller's Inkpot, you'll find my answers to questions about the development of Out of Left Field and why the story haunted me for so long.
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New Short Story

My short story, "Shotgun Summer," is the Featured Fiction in summer/fall issue of Solstice: a Magazine of Diverse Voices. Read the story online ...

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