Posts Categorized: I write stuff


Sometimes I hate revision.

But not always.

Right now I’m in the middle of revising a novel and the revision is actually…fun! I think because I’ve fixed (I think) the big picture things and now I have this checklist of small changes to make. It feels good to go … Read More

Cold weather

Winter is my second favorite season. (Nothing beats autumn.) I love snow and cold weather and wearing layers and layers of clothes. I love a fire in the fireplace and warm tea all throughout the day.


But. I miss my favorite writing spot. It’s too cold now on the porch. … Read More

Letters for Kids

If you have a young reader in your life and you’re looking for good holiday gift ideas, look no further. Letters for Kids is the perfect gift for young readers. I would have loved to have gotten letters in my mailbox each month from authors! Wouldn’t you?

I’m lucky to … Read More

Read Like a Writer Online Class

Read Like a Writer


Do you ever read a book and think – I wish I could write like that? Are you a writer who likes a book but might have a hard time figuring out why? Do you struggle with something in particular like dialogue or story beginnings? … Read More

Audiobook winner!

Last weekend, I signed copies of my books at the lovely Books by the Bank festival. And one lucky visitor at my table is the winner of a free audiobook today.

<Drumroll please>


Paige Wilson! Paige, I’ll be in touch to get your mailing info. Thanks to everyone who … Read More

Release Day!

Today a book is born.


Reviewers are saying kind things about it.

“With her refreshingly varied form and ever-earnest tone, Brown weaves a compelling story of suffering, sacrifice, and survival.” — Booklist

“Across four seasons, Brown uses words and form effectively to evoke the hopeful idealism, love, joy, and life-or-death

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Why the Donner Party?


Definitely the most common question I get when speaking at schools or libraries is “Where do you get your ideas?” And I always answer that ideas come from all over the place. They are everywhere! But specifically, why did I write a book about the Donner Party? That’s a … Read More


The most common question I get asked when I’m talking to a school group or library gathering is this:
Where do you get your ideas?

When I get asked this question, I always worry my answer will be disappointing. Because here’s thing—ideas are everywhere! I have way too many ideas … Read More

Welcome back!

I hope your summer was as relaxing as mine! School is back in session, and I’m lining up school visits now for the year. Please contact me at info (at) for rates and availability.

Caminar is out in paperback!

And To Stay Alive is just a few weeks … Read More