I’m a fan of doing guest blog posts, reviews for other authors, book signings and more. Here are a few things I've been, or soon will be, up to.


I chatted with the fabulous Mindy McGinnis, on her popular Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire blog,  about writing, history and fur baby sidekicks.

I shared some thoughts on ancient Egypt with the popular middle grade resource site, MiddleWeb.

I enjoyed talking to Stacey Horan on her great podcast, the bookshop at the end of the internet.

There’s nothing like being featured on the blog of a writer you admire, which is exactly what happened when the terrific Kate Hannigan asked me a few questions.

My publisher interviewed my son, who inspired both Jagger’s character and story. Makes my mommy heart proud!

I shared thoughts on how I landed my fab agent here.

I’m proud to be a member of steaMG, a collective of sci-fi and fantasy authors celebrating STEAM content in middle grade books. Here’s a little info I shared for Jagger’s book birthday.

I spoke with the amazing Ask Win about life, writing and more.

I shared my thoughts on combining history and fantasy with Unleashing Readers.

Popular book blogger, Karlita, hosted me on Tale Out Loud. Plus, she’s giving away my book. Eek!

HW Book Nook & Cranny invited me to share some thoughts on research, storytelling and my inspiration.

I discussed Egypt and writing with The Teacher Librarian, KarenMcCoy here and here.

I shared some thoughts on invisible history for middle grade readers for Teacher Appreciation Week.

I joined the YA guy on his fab blog. Check out what I had to say.

I visited Darene Beck’s blog to share some info about my inspiration and the book.

I enjoyed chatting with the popular middle grade history podcast, Dad and Me Love History, about ancient Egypt—crazy or cool? (Spoiler – both!). They even invited my daughter to join in the fun. Give us a listen here.

I adore teachers, so I was extra excited to share some thoughts on ancient Egypt with Michele Luck on her popular blog, A Lesson Plan for Teachers.

I chatted with the talented Sofiya Pasternack, author of Anya and the Dragon (which, as an aside, is a terrific MG read) about inspiration and the best things about my writing journey so far on her blog.

I reviewed Lamar Giles’ very fun, creative middle grade book, The Last Last-Day of Summer, for Butler’s Pantry .

Oh and one of the best things about being a debut author is debut groups. Learn about  me and my other Novel 19s authors here.


It’s a book launch party! If you’re in the Chicago area, you’re invited. Join me at 57th Street Bookstore in Hyde Park on Saturday, June 29th at 2pm to help me launch Jagger into the world. We’ll chat about the book, enjoy some adult beverages and edible mummies, and even make ankh amulets … and they’re magical!

Can’t make it that day? I’m doing a book signing at Bookies in Beverly on July 13 and joining in a Jagger book club at their Homewood location on August 2nd.

You can also join me in July at my old stomping grounds, the University of Chicago, for a treasure hunt, book signing, and mummification activity. It’s Secrets of the Mummies Special Edition: Jagger Jones and the Mummy’s Ankh (ages 5-12) on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 10:30 am–12:30 pm at the Oriental Institute Museum. And it’s free (registration recommended).

Then I’m off for a book signing tour. On Thursday, July 25th I’ll be at Indy Reads. I’m at Blue Manatee in Cincinnati on July 26th at 11a. July 27-29,

I’m in Charlotte, visiting bookstores with my Novel19s friends and swinging by Nerd Camp. I’m excited about the Heck YA lit fest at Main Street Books on July 27, 2-6.

Oh, and I’ll be at Malaprops in Ashville NC on July 30 at 6p.


I’m excited to be presenting at Illinois Reading Council’s conference on literacy in Springfield in October. More on that soon too. Eek!

In the meantime, I’m loving classroom visits. Proselytizing about ancient Egypt and storytelling with kids is what this is all about. More please!