Visits & Events

Author Visits

Let’s talk books, reading, and writing! I would love to visit your school, library, bookstore, or festival, either in person or virtually. I live in St. Louis but am open to traveling. Your Life Has Been Delayed (out now) and My Second Impression of You (coming September 2022) are targeted at young adult audiences, ages 12 and up, so they’re a great fit for middle and high school readers. Potential topics include:

  • My journey to publication
  • My debut book along with the inspiration behind it, how I researched a book set in the present that includes a historical worldview, and other behind the scenes fun
  • Drafting, revising & polishing a book
  • Writing process and how it’s different for every writer
  • How to develop well-rounded characters
  • What it’s like working with other writers, an agent, and an editor to turn a draft into a published book
  • What’s behind getting a book published–covers, titles, and anything else students might want to know!

Conferences/Writing Groups

I love talking to other writers and have presented to multiple groups about my road to traditional publication (10 years in the making!). I queried for seven years and can give tips on querying agents, participating in contests, and fielding multiple offers from agents.

If you are interested in arranging an in-person or virtual author visit, please use my contact page to check my availability, rates, and more specific topic options.

Book Clubs

Is your book club reading Your Life Has Been Delayed? I’ve created a Book Club Kit that includes the following resources:

  • What’s inside the book graphic
  • Answers to frequently asked questions
  • Snack & drink suggestions
  • A playlist
  • Discussion questions (not spoiler-free so fair warning!)
  • A quiz on what was around when Jenny left in 1995
  • What to read next after YLHBD
  • What to watch after reading YLHBD
  • About the author (me)

If you decide to hold a book club using the kit, please let me know! I’d love to send you bookmarks and/or signed bookmarks. And depending on when you’re meeting, perhaps we can arrange a video chat. Thanks so much for reading!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, 6:30 p.m. CentralLaunch Event at The Novel Neighbor (with cake!)7905 Big Bend Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63119Registration is recommended but not required here

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, 6:30 p.m. CentralIn Conversation with Jennifer Lynn Alvarez at Parnassus Books3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14, Nashville, TN 37215Registration is required here

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, 2 p.m. CentralSigning at Main Street Books307 S. Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301No registration required

Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, 6 p.m. CentralEvent at Left Bank Books399 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108Additional details to come

Past Events

Summer Writers Camp
St. Louis Writers Guild
June 29, 2022

World Read Aloud Day
Feb. 2, 2022

YA Author Panel with Meredith Tate, Jamie Krakover, and Jennifer Stolzer
Sponsored by St. Charles City-County Library & Main Street Books
Sept. 30, 2021
Watch the replay here

In-person signing, Barnes & Noble Ladue
Sept. 18, 2021
Watch my advance interview with bookseller Perry here

Instagram Live Chat with fellow debut author Brianna Bourne
Sept. 9, 2021
Watch the replay here

Launch Event at The Novel Neighbor
In conversation with New York Times best selling author Debbie Rigaud
Sept. 7, 2021
Watch the replay here

Instagram Live with Best of Books
Sept. 2, 2021
Watch the replay here

YA Authors Panel, Young Writers Summer Camp
St. Louis Writers Guild
St. Louis, MO
June 25, 2021

“The Path from Idea to Publication”
MO/KS SCBWI Business of the Book Conference
St. Louis, MO
Feb. 22, 2020

“A Writing Journey”
Mason Ridge Elementary School
Town & Country, MO
Jan. 29, 2020

“Traditional Publishing”
StoryMasters KC Monthly Meeting
Overland Park, KS
June 15, 2019