For as long as I can remember… I’ve been writing with Hans Zimmer. As a ten year old, I would listen to the score of the Lion King on repeat, while diligently crafting Nala-taking-over-the-pride fanfiction and eating way too many Twizzlers. As a kid in high school, themes from Gladiator
Hey, readers! I’m thrilled to show off the What Makes a Monster trailer today! The lovely Mr. Schu Reads was kind enough to debut this for me, along with a really fun word association game. Check it out to get even more of a peek at the book! I was
Hey everyone! We are officially THREE DAYS away from the release of Shark Lady and I am celebrating with a whole bunch of goodies! I made a Shark Lady book trailer! This video is short and sweet, and provides a nice introduction to the book for your classroom and readers. Hope you enjoy it!
My book Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist is coming out on June 6th! To celebrate, I’ve scoured the craftiest corners of the Internet for some shark-centric party ideas! Shark Lady is all about celebrating women in science, as well as showcasing curiosity, courage,
My pal Josh Funk informed me today that it is National Zookeepers Week! It’s a good day for story time: As a kid, I always thought it would be so cool to live in a zoo. I wanted hippos and lemurs as neighbors! I even asked my parents if they
Hey gang! It’s no secret to most of you that I’m a huge fan of producing videos for kids and readers. Today, I’m happy to reveal a new series! ‘Write with Jess Keating’ is a growing video collection for kid readers and writers! To start, I’m releasing these ten videos that tackle
Hey party people! We are officially 3 days away from the release of PINK IS FOR BLOBFISH! I can’t believe how quickly time has flown by—it seems like only yesterday I was writing this book and researching creatures, and soon it will be wild in the world. I hope you
It’s SPRING! Have some flowers and pollen! Nothing says spring like a blog hop, so when the lovely Marci Curtis asked if I wanted to join in with some other MLLAers, I couldn’t say no! Here’s a look inside my super official, incredibly fancy writing process. Question #1: What am
It is FINALLY FRIDAY. Here are some THINGS for you: HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE WHEN YOUR SHOES IS UNTIED isn’t available for preorder yet – it’s not out until next June! But that didn’t stop lovely friend from sending me this! My first pre-order! And no, her last
Hello my cheeky monkeys! Lots going on this week. I’m currently working on a second book for Jabberwocky Kids! I am all kinds of excited to work on another book with them, and I cannot WAIT to tell you more about it! (Also, it is very surreal to be working
Thank you all so much for your lovely tweets and comments about my big news this week! It means so much to me to share it with you all! I’ve just added an author page on FB (noob alert!), so definitely join in here if that’s your thing! Some great
My cheeky monkeys! Today I want to let you know about a new writing craft book that you might want to add to your shelves. Scratch that, YOU DO want to add to your shelves. Because it is awesome. Lisa Cron’s WIRED FOR STORY focuses on telling a great story.
My cheeky monkeys! I don’t often do guest posts, but there was no way I was turning down the chance to fire off a post for the wonderful Janice Hardy. She’s just too awesome. SO. If you are a writer (or want to be!), her blog is an amazing resource
1. I’m so close to finishing this draft that I can TASTE IT. And it tastes like a banana Nutella wrap. Coincidentally that is also my breakfast. 2. This blog post by Beth Revis on writing the ‘book of your heart‘ is phenomenal. Go read it, but the take home
As a primarily MG writer, I come across some interesting conversations about what makes a middle grade novel really stand out. Of course, there’s no magic formula, but writers, librarians, and teachers of this dynamic age group might enjoy some of the following links: HarperCollins children’s book editor Molly O’Neill
There are tons of amazing writing books out there if you’re an adult (more on those later), but what if you’re a kid? You’re not going to give an eight year old Stephen King’s* On Writing (unless you have a very precocious and mildly off putting eight year old). So