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I write fiction and nonfiction for kids. My poem, A Cowgirl Breakfast, appeared in the March 2016 issue of Spider Magazine and my short story, Incredible Inchworm, will appear in an upcoming issue of Highlights.

My latest book, CHILDREN ON THE AMERICAN FRONTIER, engages readers with historical accounts of life during Westward Expansion. The children that lived in, or moved west of the Mississippi River between 1850 and 1910 had a diverse set of experiences. Readers will connect to historical events through the children that lived during this time in American History. Subjects covered include; the Mexican American War, the first children of the west, overland journeys, orphan train riders, and Homesteaders after Reconstruction. Click on My Books for information and lesson plans from the publisher.

I am the Regional Advisor for the Inland Northwest chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). You can check out our upcoming events here: https://inlandnw.scbwi.org/





Social Media Sea Legs

This weekend, our local SCBWI region organized a Social Media Day. We talked about websites, personal branding, and different marketing strategies. My presentation covered social media, and how to connect with the #kidlit community on different platforms. Whether you’re published or pre-published, having a social media presence can connect you to a larger community. It … Continue reading

A Picture Book Month

Yesterday was the final day of Storystorm! I’ve participated for a few years. It’s always a fun month, full of inspiration. I have my 30 + 1 ideas to ponder over. I’ve even started working on one idea. This month has brought more picture book fun and excitement with the Snappsy the Alligator book team. … Continue reading

Little Miss Candy Corn

A little Halloween fun for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie Contest.  Little Miss Candy Corn by Rachel Hamby   Little Miss Candy Corn practiced her wave from her perch atop the Trick-or-Treat float. Cecelia was the Queen of Halloween, and soon, everyone would know it. As the float chugged toward Main Street, Cecilia picked one candy … Continue reading

Magazine Writing & Work-for-Hire

For our upcoming SCBWI conference in Spokane, I’m leading a small group session about Magazine Writing & Work-fir-Hire.  Here are a few great resources I found during my research. The ‘bug‘ magazine submission guidelines & wish lists. This interview with Patricia Stockland on Harold Underdown’s site. This article by Christine M. Hepperman on The Horn … Continue reading

The Squirrel

Hanging a bird feeder outside my office window has become a big distraction for me and my furry friend.