Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

Come to a haunted tea party!

October 22, 2013

I will be hosting a supernatural tea party at the Barnes & Noble in Clackamas (Oregon) at 7;00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29, 2013.

haunted mansion dining room

Free scones, cookies, and tea. Storyteller Julie Strozyk will be sharing a spooky tale. Actor & magician Don Stewart Burns will be doing an eerie trick or two. And Fantasy writer Miriam Forster (City of a Thousand Dolls) and I will be reading creepy bits from our novels. We will exchange “true” ghost stories and Halloweeny book recommendations so DO PLEASE COME! It should be frighteningly fabulous!


Dialogue Contest

September 8, 2011

FYI — I just heard about a strange sounding writing competition — The Bartleby Snopes Dialogue Only contest. Take a look at: — The rules? You have to compose a short story entirely of dialogue. Use as many characters as you want. It must be under 2000 words. And no he said, she said — just the dialogue.

Interesting, no?  They say, “The winning entry will be the story that most effectively uses dialogue to deliver a powerful and engaging story.” If I had more time I would be tempted to enter myself. I love a weird challenge. I believe the entrance fee is only about $10. The winner last year was awarded several hundred dollars, I believe. Good luck to anyone game.


September 7, 2011

If you are in the Portland (Oregon) area this coming weekend, come to the Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire (Sat 9/10 and Sun 9/11) where I will be singing madrigals with my choir, the Sherwood Renaissance Singers. We’ll be adding two new songs: “Fyer, Fyer” and “Thus Sings My Dearest Jewel” (see text below) and Binny will be on my knee (sort of) singing along. Visit the faire’s website at: — it really is a charming event.

Thus sings my dearest jewel;
In love delay is cruel.

Or come and kiss me quickly,
Or say thou dost not love me!

Now sings my lovely treasure,
in love a kiss is a harmless pleasure!

Wordstock 2010

October 4, 2010

If you’re in Portland, Oregon this coming weekend (Oct 9 & 10) come hear me speak on a “Creature Feature” panel at 4:00 pm Sunday. For directions to, and more info on, Wordstock go to and check out the list of other speakers, panels, readings, signings, and workshops. There are also food and publisher booths galore.

Joining me on my panel will be Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush, Hush) and Joey Comeau (One Bloody Thing After Another) — we’ll be talking about the popularity of Supernatural stories in YA lit and how we make our paranormal characters so believable.

come to a reading

January 27, 2010

If you are in Portland, Oregon this Saturday (January 30th) come to a free reading of a new play written by my sister Cynthia (C.S. Whitcomb) at the Artist Rep Theater at 2:00 pm. The play is called The Wilde Boy and is about Oscar Wilde and his lover Bosie. It’s an excellent play and how can you beat free live theater? The A.R.T. is at the corner of SW Alder and 15th Street. See you there!

(By the way, I finished my rewrite of UNDER THE LIGHT and got very good notes from sister Cynthia and I’m rewriting one more time before I send it to my editor. For you new writers, it probably seems boring how often I rewrite the same manuscript. But being a novelist is mostly about revision. Luckily, I love the rewriting stage.)

Dragons, Ghosts, and Grails

October 20, 2009

Come to a Halloween event!

dragon in amber

I’m teaming up with YA authors Susan Fletcher (The Dragon Chronicles) and Pamela Smith Hill (The Last Grail Keeper) for spooky readings, creepy true tails, and treats.

cartoon gravestone




Costumes welcome, but not required. There will be delightful door prizes.

grail sketch

Seriously, do come. We will be at Annie Bloom’s Books on Wednesday night October 28th at 7:00 pm and at A Children’s Place on Halloween morning, Saturday October 31st, at 11:00 am. Wee snatches from future works may even be shared! I’m just sayin’. See you there.


Annie Bloom’s Books — 7843 SW Capitol Highway, Portland OR   (503) 246-0053

A Children’s Place — 4807 NE Fremont Street, Portland OR (503) 284-8294