Monday, August 24, 2015

Felix A. Williams Elementary

A big BIG thank you to Kathy Kernan for using MIND YOUR MONSTERS to welcome her little monsters back to school at Felix Elementary! These art projects are so cool!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Monstrous (and Yummy) Celebration with Leandra Wallace

A big, roaring THANK YOU to Leandra Wallace for letting me do some Q & A on her fabulous blog to celebrate the release of MIND YOUR MONSTERS. Best part? The cupcakes.... obviously. Nom, nom.

You can see the full interview (and super adorable monster cupcakes, here:

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Yea Baby!

My poem, Fireflies, appeared in the July/August 2015 issue of Babybug magazine 
which is AWESOME! Here are some sneak peek pics. 

Thank you Babybug!!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Ain't No Party... a Mind Your Monsters book launch party! 

Again thank you to the kind folks at the Jensen Beach Barnes and Noble for hosting my first ever book launch party. It was a monster success, if I do say so myself. And I do ... say so... myself... Ahem. Anyway. Here are some photos!

Friday, August 7, 2015

The Craft Woman Cometh

Have a new book? Well then you might be having a launch party. For mine I organized invites, crafts, and more. Here's a quick peek:

The Invites - I had the fabulous Donna Farrell design these flyers which I printed at Office Depot and handed out at summer camps, local stores, and well, pretty much anywhere. If schools had been in session I would've contacted them too. My genius writing buddy Lori Alexander suggested doing two on a sheet so you can save money on printing. I also blogged, posted, and contacted local print media.

The Crafts - I prepped (and practiced with real live children) two crafts. One was coloring sheets with crayons. Thank you Oriol Vidal for providing so many options! The other was a pink monster puppet. Thank you Monica Ladd for the inspiration!. The biggest thing here was to buy small plastic organizers to transport all the bits and pieces. Very helpful! And don't do anything with glitter. Store owners (and most normal people) hate glitter. Too messy.

The Decor - Here we are setting up. Barnes and Noble kindly provided the tables. I brought my big ol' poster (Thank you Sterling!), a small easel for propping up a book on my signing table, a table cloth to hide stuff under my signing table, a tub of monster toys for giving away at the signing table, colored sharpies for signing books, purple balloons because everyone loves purple balloons, and my winning personality.


The Activity - I designed a 3' x 4' plywood replica of my book cover with a hole cut in it so that parents could take pictures of their kids while waiting to get to the craft / signing table. My carpenter Sam designed it so I could take off the legs for easy transport, and I can paint the backside with my next book's cover. Who loves a two-for-one? I love a two-for-one! FYI - have a stool in case some kids are too short to reach the hole.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015