School Visits

Read below for various (virtual) school visit options, and use my contact form for more information. I’m also happy to send a free bookplate for your classroom copy of PEPPER, with or without a visit, while supplies last. Just use my contact form to reach out!





Free 30-minute Zoom visit

In appreciation of educators, I am providing free 30-minute visits in Fall 2021 while availability lasts. Please use the contact information below to schedule and set up a session that meets your students’ needs!

The suggested format for this session includes a brief reading by the teacher/librarian, a 5-minute talk from the author, 10 minutes of guided questions from the teacher/librarian and ten minutes of open discussion/Q&A with the students.

Virtual visits

Read below for suggested virtual visit formats, and reach out through the contact form with specific topic an format requests.


I will read a short excerpt from Pepper’s Rules for Secret Sleuthing and discuss topics such as writing mysteries, writing diverse characters, writing middle grade, and/or how Pepper moved from idea to a published novel. If the class has read Pepper, students can share questions for the author prior to the talk. This conversation can be adjusted based on the audience (middle school through graduate school) and curriculum/classroom needs. 30-50 minutes with Q&A.

Writing Craft Talk

The Writing Craft Talk can take many different directions depending on the classroom needs and curriculum. Potential topics include a focus on one craft element, such as characterization, plot development, or setting, or could be centered on broader writing tactics and content themes. All craft talks will include a short workshop and opportunity for students to share their writing. 30-50 minutes.

Publishing Talk

I will discuss the process from drafting all the way to publication to help students visualize their own future paths to traditional publication. This talk can be offered for undergraduate and graduate students interested in writing and publication as well. 30-50 minutes with Q&A.

Schedule a visit or connect to discuss a potential visit.


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