Guten morgen!! Maybe a Mermaid publishes in Germany today! For the cover, the illustrator duplicated an old postcard of the real-life building that inspired The Showboat Resort. You can read more about the real Northernaire Resort and Marty’s Showboat Lounge on my Behind the Scenes page. A German-speaking friend tells me that the extremely long title means “How I Once Saved A Mermaid From Drowning.”
This fall, I was lucky enough to have dinner with booksellers and other children’s book advocates in Chicago. After dinner, a lovely woman named Rose set up a camera and asked me to give my very first Maybe a Mermaid interview! Here I am, talking about my book (and, yes, I’ll admit it, I was super nervous).
I had so much fun on World Read Aloud Day this year. Thanks to the magic of technology, I was able to visit six schools in TX, CT, MA, and ME. I read a chapter of Maybe a Mermaid, answered questions about writing, and spent some time recommending some of my favorite recent books. It was a blast. And the cherry on top? These amazing cards I received from students! Do you see those details? The Beemobile! Anthoni’s cabin! The Showboat! I may have read them all several times. 🙂
Thanks to Jessica at Just Another Teen Reading Books for posting my very first blog interview about Maybe a Mermaid! She asked all the good questions like, “Why Middle Grade?” and “Do you listen to music while you write” (spoiler alert: Never!). We also got to chat about 2019 books I’m looking forward to…there are so many! This interview was part of a week-long series of interviews with 2019 debut authors. I’m so glad I got to be part of the mix!