How do you pronounce your last name?
YOOT-ner. It’s German, so the J makes a Y sound.
Do you have a book for sale?
Yes! The Ghostly Tales of Austin and The Ghostly Tales of New England are both available on Amazon. You can also read a lot of my published work for free online or purchase an anthology where my stories and poems have appeared. I also have an Etsy shop where I sell some of my creative projects and a Teachers Pay Teachers page where you can shop for ELA lessons and activities. Keep following my blog and Facebook page for updates about upcoming publications and new listings in my store.
Do you have any writing advice?
A few years ago, I published a series of posts on my blog called 10 Writing Tips in 5 Days, which is a good place to start if you want to pick my brain about writing. Here are the links:
- Day 1 – Start Small But Dream Big
- Day 2 – Join the Club
- Day 3 – Get Yourselves Organized
- Day 4 – The Reluctant Reviser
- Day 5 – No More Excuses
And here are a few pieces of more recent writerly advice:
- Driven to Distraction: How to Avoid Losing Focus When Writing
- 10 Tips for Keeping a Journal
- 10 Tips For Getting the Most Out of Your Conference Experience
Do you offer school visits?
I used to! Now that I’ve gone back to teaching full time, I can’t do school visits anymore until I learn how to clone myself. However, if you’re looking for a guest speaker for weekend events or summer camps, feel free to contact me.
I’m new to Austin and I like to write. What’s the writing community like here?
It’s wonderful and supportive and vast. We have a ton of great local organizations and bookstores and meet-ups and festivals that you’ll want to check out. Lucky for you, I collected all of my favorites right here.
What’s your favorite book?
This question stresses me out because I hate having to choose just one. But when forced to do so, I usually say Dandelion Wine, by Ray Bradbury. It’s just such a wonderful mix of family love, summer magic, and childhood adventure, with a touch of creepiness. My favorite chapter is the one about Bill Forrester and Helen Loomis and the lime-vanilla ice. To see a more comprehensive list of books, poems, and stories I love, check out my A Few Favorites page.
Where can I see some cute pictures of your pets?
Aww, it’s so nice of you to ask! This post shows them being both cute and clever: 15 Jokes Pets Think Are Funny.
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