Sometimes when I am not writing actual books, I work on the book part of kids’ musicals. Here is a little highlights video of PEANUT BUTTER & CUPCAKE! (The Musical) that I worked on with Brad Ross (composer) and Christiana Cole (lyricist), based on the picture book by Terry Border. It was put on by a super talented group of kids at Interlakes Children’s Theatre in NH this past summer, directed by Brandon Connor Santoro.
This is the end of the final curtain call of the final performance of Peanut Butter & Cupcake! (The Musical) based on the picture book by Terry Border (music by Brad Ross, lyrics by Christiana Cole, musical book by me) at Interlakes Children’s Theatre in Meredith, NH. The kids totally nailed it!
How cute is this French Sparkle Spa cover for Un Mariage Enchante? There is a puppy in a tutu!
The Sparkle Spa Glitter and Glam collection has arrived! Readers can now get 8 books in one package! (I’m really excited about this.)
When I’m not writing novels or editing books, once in a while I’m a bookwriter for musicals. The photograph is from a workshop of Peanut Butter & Cupcake! (The Musical), based on the picture book written and illustrated by Bent Objects by Terry Border. Brad Ross is the composer, Christiana Cole is the lyricist, and Brandon Santoro directed. The actors were fantastic, and we had a great time seeing the musical on its feet. It will be performed this summer at Interlakes Children’s Theatre in New Hampshire, and I can’t wait!
June 20, 2017 was the book birthday of the tenth and final book in the Sparkle Spa series, Glam Opening. I’ve been working on these books now for almost exactly five years. Kare Nagel at SimonKIDS sent me an email asking if I wanted to send her sample pages for a series she had an idea for on June 29, 2012. It’s been so much fun sparkling with her and the whole crew at Aladdin since then. I will always be grateful to them for giving me the opportunity to bring Aly, Brooke, and all the characters in this world to life.
When I came home from promoting my adult novel, The Light We Lost, in Europe, I found these Sparkle Spa books waiting for me! Book 7 from the French publisher and book 10 from the US publisher!
I got a package in the mail with two copies of the French version of Sparkle Spa 5: A Picture-Perfect Mess, which is called the equivalent of “A Perfect Photo” in French. So to celebrate the new title, I posed the book with some flowers and gave it a fancy photo shoot.
Right after Sparkle Spa 9: Fashion Disaster was published, I went to Oregon. When I came home, there was a big box of books at my house. It’s always funny when some are packed upside down.
October 11 was the publication day for Sparkle Spa 9: Fashion Disaster. In that book Suzy gives Brooke a haircut…and inspires a whole lot of girls to donate their hair to be turned into wigs for kids who are sick. After I handed in my copy-edited pages last spring, I did it too. Here’s a photo to show you what I looked like before and afterward.
This was a big week for Sparkle Spa books getting spotted in the wild. A friend of mine found one of my books in a Little Free Library, and my mom found two of them at the New York Public Library. It’s so nice to see my books getting shared.