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Lord I Was Born A Ramblin (Wo)maaaan

By far the busiest week I’ve had in a while: 6,412.8 miles in ten days. Whew!

Some photos from the road…as many as I remembered to take, starting at the Tucson Festival of the Book.

The view from my window in Tucson

The view from my window in Tucson

Another courtyard

One of the courtyards at the Lodge on the Desert

Beautiful pots all over the place

Beautiful pots all over the place

This saguaro cactus towers over you. I'm told that the "arms" don't grow on it until its old...60 years or so.

This saguaro cactus towers over you. I’m told that the “arms” don’t grow on it until it’s old…60 years or so.

The hotel is one of the oldest in Tucson and was recently remodeled. Lots of lovely alcoves and tile work

The hotel is one of the oldest in Tucson and was recently remodeled. Lots of lovely alcoves and tile work

Crystal Allen, Monica Brown, Kirby Larsen, and Natalie Lloyd made up the Mighty Girls panel

Crystal Allen, Monica Brown, Kirby Larsen, and Natalie Lloyd made up the Mighty Girls panel. I couldn’t resist sitting in on a panel with such a good title!

What a panel! With Dan Gemeinhart and Ruta Sepetys (who taught me how to say her name)

What a panel! With Dan Gemeinhart and Ruta Sepetys (who taught me how to say her name)

At the author dinner with Kendal Washington White, Ass't VP of Student Affairs and Dean of Students (and her son Robert)

At the author dinner with Kendal Washington White, Ass’t VP of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the University of Arizona (and her son Robert)

The juniors and seniors from Tucson High School who interviewed me about Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass and Burn Baby Burn

The juniors and seniors from Tucson High School who interviewed me about Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass and Burn Baby Burn

Some teenagers really know how to win me over!

Some teenagers really know how to win me over!

 

On to the Virginia Festival of the Book…

More ceiling tiles...

The students’ country of origin are celebrated on the ceiling tiles of Jack Jouett MS in Charlottesville VA

Great VA Book Fest panel on writing family with Lamar Giles (Endangered), Kelly Fiori (Thicker Than Water) Hannah Barnaby (Some of the Parts)

Great VA Book Fest panel on writing family with Lamar Giles (Endangered), Kelly Fiori (Thicker Than Water) Hannah Barnaby (Some of the Parts)

And wrapping up in Fort Myers Florida for the Southwest Florida Reading Festival.

Eric Elfman (who was my writing coach) and Neal Shusterman (Challenger Deep) I bought the whole Accelerate Triology. Here they are at the statue of Edison who had a winter residence in Ft. Myers

Eric Elfman (who was my writing coach) and Neal Shusterman (Challenger Deep) I bought their whole Accelerati Trilogy. Here they are at the statue of Edison who had a winter residence in Ft. Myers

Mere moments after I got fully drenched by a sheet of water that slid off the tent. See puddle at my feet. No. I am not amused.

Mere moments after I got fully drenched by a sheet of water that slid off the tent. See puddle at my feet. No. I am not amused.

With the lovely Cuban American author, Chantel Acevedo. Pick up A Falling Star or The Distant Marvels!

With the lovely Cuban American author, Chantel Acevedo. Pick up A Falling Star or The Distant Marvels!

So fun to meet Trish Doller (The Devil You Know), who also writes strong girls

So fun to meet Trish Doller (The Devil You Know), who also writes strong girls

Trish Doller carries this little one around.

Trish Doller carries this little one around.

Reading Mango Abuela and Me moments before the sky opened up with lightning and we were all rushed inside!

Just managed to finish reading Mango, Abuela and Me before the skies opened up and lightning forced everyone inside!

I am not Meg Cabot. Perhaps this photo can help. (But it would be nice!)

I am not Meg Cabot (although it would be nice.) Perhaps this photo can help you tell us apart.

Off to the Desert: Tucson Festival of Books

March 11 - 13, 2016

March 11 – 13, 2016

I had twins today – sort of. That’s because it’s my book birthday for Burn Baby Burn and also for the Spanish edition of Yaqui Delgado Quiere Darte Una Paliza (translated by Teresa Mlawer). Thanks to everyone who is sending and tweeting good wishes!

So how am I celebrating the releases? By dreaming of 80 degree sunny weather and packing for the first leg of a mini book tour. First stop: Arizona – for the wonderful Tucson Book Festival this weekend.(Hopefully, it’s the book and not my winter-pale skin that’s going to burn, baby, burn.)

Here’s my schedule… everything from crafting historical fiction (with the likes of Ruta Sepetys) to breaking the culture and color barrier in publishing.


 

Hot Off the Press

Sat, Mar 12, 8:30 am – 9:30 am

By invitation only: Meet ten marvelous authors releasing new books the week of the Festival.

Student Union South Ballroom (Wheelchair accessible)

Panelists: C. J. Box, Douglas Brinkley, Jeffery Deaver, Amy Hatvany, J. A. Jance, Lisa Lutz, Meg Medina, John Nichols, T. Jefferson Parker, Chris Pavone; Moderator: Jennifer Lee Carrell


Fight or Flight: Surviving School

Sat, Mar 12, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

High school and middle school can be extremely difficult for teens who daily face bullying by peers and cliques that exclude anyone seen as “different” or “weird”. These YA authors will talk about how the characters in their books respond to rejection, exclusion, and bullying and why these books matter to teens.

Education Room 351 (Seats 48, Wheelchair accessible)

Signing area: Signing Area – Children / Teen (following presentation)

Panelists: Zac Brewer, Cammie McGovern, Meg Medina, Tommy Wallach; Moderator: Kevin Spink


 

BurnBabyBurn_cvrSktch-7 copy 2Taking Control of Your Life

Life can sometimes feel out of control for children and teens as they face difficult situations. Authors will share the ways in which their characters try to take back control of their lives within historical contexts where they are experiencing danger and fear.

Education Room 353 (Seats 117, Wheelchair accessible)

Sun, Mar 13, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Signing area: Signing Area – Children / Teen (following presentation)

Panelists: Dan Gemeinhart, Meg Medina, Ruta Sepetys; Moderator: Marina Welmers


51o4V725fOL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Interview with Meg Medina

Sun, Mar 13, 11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Teen Audio Tent (Seats 6)

Panelist: Meg Medina


Americans All: Breaking the Color Barrier in Mainstream Publishing

Sun, Mar 13, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Authors Cathy Camper (Lowriders in Space) and Meg Medina (Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass) will share strategies for creating and promoting best-selling teen and kid fiction featuring strong, diverse protagonists.

Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Presentation Stage (Seats 150)

Nuestras Raices

Signing area: Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raices/Sales & Signing Area (following presentation)

Panelists: Cathy Camper, Meg Medina;Moderator: Gina Macaluso


Bright air balloons

Tucson Festival of Books

1209 E. University, Room 104

Tucson Arizona 85721-0019

TucsonFestivalofBooks.org

Saturday, March 12 & Sunday, March 13, 2016

University of Arizona Campus

where words and imagination come to life