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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Upcoming Workshop for A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter at CCCC

I will be teaching the newly updated and expanded edition of A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter at Central Carolina Community College. The class starts July 14 and runs through August 4 on the Pittsboro, NC campus. If you're anywhere near central North Carolina, I hope you will join us.

This class will be the first to use the soon-to-be released student workbooks for the Guide. I'm looking forward to seeing how that goes. And the Guide has been updated to include what we know so far of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

If you'd like to sign up for the class, registration is here. Note, the class is called "The Crafting of a Bestseller," but it's my WGHP class, just under a different name.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Attending ALA Orlando

I will be attending the American Library Association Annual Conference this coming weekend in Orlando. Deep River Press, my publisher for the upcoming new edition of A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter, will be participating in The Independent Book Publishers Association booth on Saturday and Sunday. If you will be there and want to hook up, contact me at SPSipal AT gmail.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Short Listed in Turkish Ex-Pat Anthology

I'm so honored to announce that my short story -- Turkey: Where the Coffee is Strong but the Women are Stronger -- has been shortlisted for SOFRA: A Gathering of Foreign Voices Around the Turkish Table. This creative nonfiction story was a pleasure to write as it centers on four generations of women I admire tremendously: my husband's grandmother, mother, sister, and niece.

I hope to be able to share more details of the publication with you before too long.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Southern Fried Wiccan Giveaways

With the release of Southern Fried Wiccan nearly a month ago now, I have a few finished giveaways to announce and new one that is just starting.

And now starting: Contest is now closed.

Enter to win this awesome replica Cretan snake goddess as seen in Southern Fried Wiccan

Enter here: Amazon Giveaway

Monday, January 19, 2015


The day is finally here! The day I get to reveal to you the awesome cover for Southern Fried Wiccan, which releases March 24. The lovely team at BookFish Books and Anita Carroll have done an incredible job creating a look that perfectly conjures my heroine, Cilla Swaney, during one very memorable, and eventful, scene from the book.

I'll be sharing a few teasers from the story in the weeks to come, but for now here's the blurb. And....(sound of cracking thunder and cackling witches as drums roll)...here's the cover!

Click on the cover for Amazon

Friday, October 31, 2014

Craft Editor at Adventures in YA Publishing

I'm thrilled to be a part of the team at Adventures in YA Publishing overseeing the Friday craft posts.  Martina Boone, author of COMPULSION, has built up a fabulous blog (recognized by Writer's Digest as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers) with loads of interviews, giveaways, and craft tips.  I'm looking forward to working with her supportive team of wonderful women and coordinating with authors to bring fresh craft posts to everyone.