Monday, October 5, 2015


Leaves falling from the trees and fleecy sweaters being pulled from the shelves signal to me the start of my very favorite writing season. There's so much to learn and to celebrate. Here's a great way to keep your writing moment this October!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
the second Woodinville Library's FREE series of writing workshops will be taught by the inimitable SCBWI-er ROYCE BUCKINGHAM

DETAILS: For grades 7 to adult. Studies in Plotting: Focus on Mystery & Horror. Come armed with your favorite scary or suspenseful novel. Discuss what "grabs" us about these books, the components of a great mystery, and what ALL writers can learn about plotting from this format. REGISTRATION is preferred but not required (though clicking the registration link will also lead you to more details). This class is going to be amazing!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Next on the reading list...

School has begun which, for me, means waiting in parking lots,
carpool lanes, for soccer games to start and buses to arrive.
So, my must-have car accessory is BOOKS! Right now, it's these:

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Speaking of September...

I'll be doing a bit of speaking on both coasts.

First, here in the PacNW, I'll be helping the Woodinville Library kick off their amazing Second Saturdays writing program on September 12 with a seminar on Planning Your Writing Year. It's free and you can register HERE.

Then, I'll be joining the delightful Jeanne Ryan for Talking Pages Children's/YA Night on September 15 in Issaquah, to discuss Unlikable Protagonists in YA. More info HERE.

Finally, I hop a flight to Boston, MA, for the Boston Teen Author Festival at the Cambridge Public Library. That one is on Saturday, September 26, and I'll be on a panel entitled Reality Bites along with Jessica Brody, Lance Rubin and some other awesome authors. Details (beyond my affinity for artichokes) can be found HERE.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

How has your summer been going so far? ANY SURPRISES?

I did not start off the summer intending to back away from social media but that's what I've done. My accidental efforts were helped by three weeks visiting my parents who are lively quite solidly in the 20th century--WiFi and microwave-free! So, instead of Facebooking and tweeting, I've been doing stuff like this:

 And I've been reading books, including these:

And writing a little bit--not enough but a bit.

Has your summer turned out the way you planned? Tweet me your answers to @swkehoe with the hashtag #summersurprise -- and I"ll lumber over to social mediaville and tweet you back!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Happy Book Birthday to THE SECRETS OF BLUEBERRIES, BROTHERS, MOOSE & ME by Sara Nickerson

Run, don't walk to your nearest bookstore (or computer) to order this gorgeous middle-grade novel about a twelve-year-old Missy's struggle to not feel left behind as the lives of her family and friends undergo big changes.

If you won't take my word for the awesomeness of THE SECRETS..., here's what Kirkus said:

"Heart-rendingly unflagging in the face of life-changing events, 
Missy's a funny, compelling heroine that readers will cheer for.”

Here's the Amazon link if you're so inclined. Or go visit Sara at her website to learn about her books, events, and school visits!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Been awhile, blogosphere...

I am happy to report that the family has survived two graduations and other end-of-school-year festivities (and stresses). Boys #1 and #2 are gainfully employed for the summer. Boy #3 is hanging with friends and teaching himself to play the guitar (no, I haven't asked him if it's part of some plan to get girls). Boy #4 starts basketball camp next week with his bestie. And I've just become part of the MOST amazing, tiny, heart-filling critique group.

So there's the update along with an apology for my continued sporadic blogging in the coming weeks as I try to finish writing this novel.

Best wishes to you for a summer of sun, fun & beautiful words!