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?

Not yet! But I’m working on it. :) In the meantime, you can read most of my published work for free online or purchase one of the collections where my stories and poems have appeared. And keep following my blog and Facebook page for updates about upcoming pieces.

What advice do you have for novice writers?

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’s one more I wrote more recently on how to avoid distraction.

Do you offer school visits?

Yes! I offer five different classroom presentations and poetry workshops for grades 3 through 12. See my School Visits page for details or download my flyer here: SchoolVisitsFlyer.

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 meetups and festivals that you’ll want to check out. Lucky for you, I collected all of my favorites right here.

Where can I learn more about the Austin Poetry Society?

Visit the Austin Poetry Society website or follow APS on Facebook and Twitter.

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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