School Visits and Events

Looking for a speaker for your classroom or community event?

I love sharing an author’s perspective on creative writing. I am willing to work with you to develop a presentation that will work for your students; some of my favorite topics include:

  • Where (and How) to Start Your Story
  • How to Keep Your Reader Engaged
  • Dialog (Internal and External)
  • The Creative Process
  • Paths to Publication

Grades 7-12 are the ideal audiences for my books, but I love talking to students and readers/writers of all ages.

In addition to classroom visits, I’m available for:

  • Library presentations
  • Book club visits
  • Writing workshops
  • Print and online interviews and guest posts
  • Virtual visits
  • Readings, book sales, and signings

My presentations are highly interactive; I will work with you to customize the program to meet your needs. Please contact me for more details!

UPCOMING EVENTS

February 15 – March 14,  2020
Looking forward to launching a new workshop on “The Romance Novel: Creating Stories that Will Make Your Readers Swoon.” Details coming soon!


PREVIOUS EVENTS

November 14,  2019
Had a blast talking about “Where (and How) to Start Your Story” with the awesome Juniors and Senior IB classes at Bodine High School in Philadelphia.

November 6-7, 2019
Enjoyed presenting and selling/signing books at the Virginia Association of School Librarians Conference.

March 16, 2019
Had so much fun selling and signing books in Patriot Territory at the Park View Craft and Vendor Show! This is the high school where THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER series is (loosely) set! Victory, victory is our cry!

December 9, 2018
Book sale and signing at an ARTisans of Loudoun event at House 6 Brewing Company.

September 23, 2017
YA author panel at the Ellicott City Barnes & Noble.

October 7, 2017
“Read Local/Eat Local” Book Sale and Signing Event at Cascades Library in Sterling, VA.

November 2-3, 2017
Presentation and book signing at the Virginia Association of School Librarians Conference.

November 6, 2017
NaNoWriMo Panel at the Reston (VA) Library, hosted by the SCBWI Mid-Atlantic Chapter.

April 26, 2017
Local authors panel at the Frederick County (MD) Reading Council’s Spring Event.

March 25, 2017
Book sale and signing at the Park View High School Craft and Vendor Fair.

February 11, 2017
“Paths to Publication” panel at the Virginia Chapter of Romance Writers of America’s February meeting.

February 7, 2017
Guest author at the Joy of Reading book club in Sterling, Virginia.

October 22, 2016
Breakout presentation on “Writing YA Romance” to the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of SCBWI.

June 26, 2016
Presentation to the Sterling United Methodist Church Senior Activities Group (SAG … yes, they have a sense of humor!) on writing and publishing.

May 12, 2016
Book signing at the Book Expo America in Chicago . (You can read all about it and see my photos here.)

February 12, 2015
Romance authors panel at the “Night of Romance” event at the Barnes & Noble at Potomac Yard, Alexandria, Virginia.

January 17, 2016
Guest author at Book Lovers’ book club in Arlington, Virginia.

January 8, 2016
Guest author at the Grace Readers Book Club in Sterling, Virginia.

November 15, 2015
EM & EM book release party at Cascades Library in Sterling, Virginia.

November 9, 2015
Guest author at the Joy of Reading Book Club in Sterling, Virginia.

September 15, 2015
Release date for EM & EM, published by Swoon Romance.

September 4, 2015
Writer’s Center Leesburg First Friday Event: Participated on a panel on “Joining Forces: Starting, Finding, & Sustaining Critique Groups”

July 24, 2015
Young Adult Chapter, Romance Writers of America Awards Reception: My work in progress, THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER, received First Place in the annual Rosemary Award’s “Contemporary Romance” Category.

June 13, 2015
Virginia Chapter, Romance Writers of America Awards Luncheon: My work in progress, THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER, received First Place in the annual Fool for Love “Published Authors” Category.

May 1, 2015
Writer’s Center Leesburg First Friday Event: Co-presented along with YA author Val Patterson on “Orienting Your Reader.”

March 29, 2014
SCBWI Mid-Atlantic Region Meet and Greet: Joined some great friends and fellow authors to present a panel discussion on “The Creative Life.”

March 4, 2014
Guest author at the Joy of Reading Book Club in Sterling, Virginia. (Check out my post on it here!)

October 13, 2013
New Authors Book Slam: Jammin’ Java, Vienna, Virginia
(I won the prize for “Most Humorous” for my reading!)

September 24, 2013
Release date for THE FUNERAL SINGER, published by Swoon Romance.

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