On bullying

Posted Feb 12 2019 in , , , , , , , ,

Readers, it’s happened again.  Another headline in my local news about a teen committing suicide because he was bullied.  If you’re a parent, are you talking to your kids about bullying? This is NOT a once-and-done conversation. It needs to be ongoing and frequent because the world in which we live sees new technologies every […]


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October is National Bullying Awareness Month

Posted Sep 25 2013 in , , ,

Despite attention from celebrities and authors like me, bullying continues to be a big problem for our society. October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Visit these websites to find out how YOU can participate.  If you’re a parent, I urge you to get involved. Kids don’t behave the way we think they do when we’re […]


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Spreading the Word: Empathy

Posted Dec 10 2012 in , , , , , , , , ,

Ever since SEND was released last August, I’ve been talking about bullying and ways to help end it.  Last week, I had the great pleasure of addressing my day job colleagues at a Lunch & Learn event. Every month, our Parenting Network schedules a different hour for parents looking to benefit from the experiences of […]


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Deleted Scene from SEND

Posted Nov 23 2012 in , , , ,

This scene from the end of SEND was the original confrontation between Dan and Jeff. It was cut during revisions for a few reasons — chiefly, because my editor suggested it was too violent and also because the Big Reveal here needed to come from a main character, not a secondary one, to advance the […]


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Stop Bullying Kristen Stewart

Posted Aug 23 2012 in , , , , , , ,

A few weeks ago, Kristen Stewart released a public apology to her boyfriend of three years, Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson, for apparently cheating on him with a much older and married man.  This unleashed the most vicious hate campaign since the last presidential election.  Fans took to the internet, recording tearful editorials, posting remarks that […]




Posted May 31 2012 in , , , , , , ,

So… one of my Book Hungry friends – the READING MACHINE Karla Nellenbach, suggested I do an ARC Tour of SEND. What the $%&*!@ is an ARC Tour? Glad you asked. Here’s how it works. If you can’t wait to get your hands on the actual physical ARC of SEND pictured here, email me your […]



SEND Cover Reveal!!!

Posted Mar 30 2012 in , , , , , , , , , ,

SQUEE! ! ! ! Please forgive the abuse of exclamation points but SEND HAS A COVER AND IT’S THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING EVAH! Behold… Do you love it?!? Tell me you love it. Lie to me if you must. It’s really happening. My precious is A REAL BOOK! *happy dance* I um… *coughs*… went a […]



In Memory of Jamie Rodemeyer

Posted Sep 24 2011 in , , , , , , ,

The following blog post was written by my oldest son, Rob, and pre-empts this weekend’s usual chocolate post because the subject is too important to trivialize. I warn you – this is not easy to read and as Rob’s mother, I promise you, it’s even harder to bear because each time I read it, I […]



“Not my kid”

Posted May 10 2011 in ,

Recently, my friend, Harley May, posted a heart-wrenching essay about teen attitude gone so horribly awry, it clouded my vision and made me want to pound some heads together. If you haven’t seen the essay, go read it now. You’re back? Great. Are you furious? Disgusted? Wonderful. We’re on the same page. Now ask yourself […]



Write for two hours and call me in the morning

Posted Mar 7 2011 in ,

It’s Saturday as I write this. Saturday, the most wonderful day. I’m not dressed yet, though it’s ten thirty. After a hellish week, I deserve a few hours of unhurried sloth. I was in a bad mood this week and by “bad,” I mean pea-soup spewing, head-twisting, stab-you-with-a-pencil-if-you-look-at-me-wrong mood. Now that it’s Saturday and I’ve […]


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