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Indies First

I'll be at Loganberry Books on Saturday, November 30, from 1-3 pm. Loganberry is a used and new bookstore with a huge and brilliantly curated children's section, so I hope to enveigle people into buying all my old favorites.


Barnes and Noble Bookstore

28801 Chagrin Blvd
Woodmere, OH 44122

November 22, 2013

7-10 pm

I am really pleased that Rebecca Barnhouse, Rae Carson, Cindy Williams Chima, Shelley Pearsall and Tricia Springstubb have all agreed to keep me company at the Barnes and Noble in Woodmere on Friday. They all write terrific books. Middle Grade, Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Picture books, Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction with a Dragon Thrown In, Low Fantasty, High Fantasy, we've got it all. Please come buy a book to support the Middle School Book Fair, bring any book you would like to have signed, and feel free to stay to chat for a while.



HarperCollins Interview Video

HarperCollins Podcast

An interview with hipwritermama for the 2009 Winter Blog Blast Tour:

A conversation with Shannon Hale:

With R.J. Anderson at The Enchanted Inkpot

With Chersti Nieveen at Literary Life Notes



Please check with the bookstores mentioned below for signed copies of my books. If you'd like to order a book from my local shop, I can sign it for you and they will mail it out. Contact me to see which shop is local for me right now.


San Diego

Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore
7051 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92111-1040
(858) 268-4747


Loganberry Books

13015 Larchmere Blvd
Shaker Heights, OH 44120

Barnes and Noble Bookstore

28801 Chagrin Blvd
Woodmere, OH 44122


A Bit of a Biography

For those of you who have to write reports for school, I will say that I was born in 1965 and I have siblings, all of them older, which makes me the baby of the family. We had a pet cat when I was growing up. He died a long time ago, but I think he lived his next life with the author of Tithe, Holly Black. I have seen pictures and her White Cat appears too similar for mere coincidence. I moved around a lot while I was growing up and I still do. I am married. My husband, Mark Turner, is a professor of Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University. We were living in Oslo Norway, for a year, but now we are back in Ohio.

I graduated from The University of Chicago with a BA in English Language and Literature with honors in 1987. I worked as a bookseller for seven or eight years before I started writing. My first book was a collection of short stories called Instead of Three Wishes. My first novel was The Thief, which was awarded a Newbery Honor in 1997.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. My e-mail address and snail mail address are under Contacts. I don't like to post a lot of information about myself, and I'd rather that you didn't either, but I usually answer questions when asked. I love getting envelopes in the mail, but truthfully, I am much more reliable about answering the e-mails. [edited to add: It's gotten to the point that I am beyond unreliable with the snail mail. I apologize, but there's very little chance I will answer a written letter. They keep getting lost.]

Please, don't send me books and ask me to sign them. The spirit is willing but the mind is very disorganized. I'm happy to sign books if you buy them from a bookseller near me. I'll drop by and sign them and some reliable person at the store can mail them to you. Send me an e-mail if you would like to arrange this. Bookstores I've visited recently will usually have signed copies for a while afterwards.