A few years ago, arguably my most important book was published. BIG IN JAPAN. It tells the story of Buck Cooper, a hapless fat guy in Texas, who goes to Japan and inadvertently becomes the first blond sumo wrestler. A sports underdog/ fish out of water tale, t’s Beverly Hills Ninja goes sumo, and Buck has to […]
Last week I had an amazing opportunity! An English Lit class taught at Arizona State University had read Big in Japan as part of their curriculum, and the professor, Lynette Austin, invited me to come and give a little writing workshop and talk to the students. HOW AMAZING! Honestly, as a writer of Cotton Candy […]
New Cover for Big in Japan: Buck Cooper Revealed!
Okay! After 2 1/2 years of hiding behind the red and white cover, Buck Cooper is at last on view for all the world to see! Is this how you pictured him? I tell you what, this is so much more how I pictured the cover originally. It makes me snicker just thinking about it. […]
Tales from The Con
So I went to the Salt Lake Comic Con FanX last week and this is what happened: As I walked around (or even as I sat at my booth) I kept thinking it was like I was living someone else’s life. But someone cool. […]
200 People Who Have Looked Inside My Brain
So, a week ago I spent the whole day talking to Mr. Murphy and Mr. Osmond’s English classes at the local high school. About 200 kids are reading BIG IN JAPAN as part of their curriculum this year. Whoa, right? It was partway through the day when I realized: These people have all looked inside […]
BIG IN JAPAN Optioned for Film
It’s official. I have the check in my hot little hand. My sumo wrestler novel BIG IN JAPAN has been optioned for film. Yay!
The Worldwide Storytelling Contest, Part 1
This is part one of a two-part post about storytelling. Last month I had a really great opportunity to attend the Screenwriters World Conference West in L.A. in Century City. I cajoled my sister-in-law Julie into going with me at the last minute, and we polished our story pitches during the 9 hour drive through […]
It’s My Bookiversary! Let’s Celebrate!
First off, yesterday my husband mentioned that he prefers “not big” hair. He couldn’t be serious, could he? Come on. Big hair is the best! I’m choosing to ignore the comment. And now…. A year ago this week, BIG IN JAPAN hit the shelves. I can’t believe it’s been a whole year. What a fun […]
What Do May Flowers Bring?
Despite the fact we had no measurable rain in April for the proverbial April showers, May seems to be making the flowers come up in my yard. You should see the snapdragons. They’re glorious. And my husband planted them from seed, which still just dumbfounds me. You know, I think I have never once grown […]
It’s Not an April Fool’s Joke: Sumo Makes its English Class Debut
I know, I know, it sounds like an April Fool’s Day joke, but I’m being totally serious here. Although Big in Japan has made the rounds through quite a few book groups now, but this week it’s making the jump to the big time: High school English classes! Yep, it’s true. Last Tuesday a high […]
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