That Smudge of Smoke is now available wherever books are sold and can be ordered directly from BeaLu Books with free shipping. I will be at Curious Iguana Independent Book Store at 12 N. Market St. in Frederick, MD on Sunday, October 22 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. 

I will also be at the Virginia Association of School Librarians Conference (VAASL) on Nov. 1-3 


the Carroll County Farmer’s Market Author’s Day on Saturday, November 4 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.



School and Library Visits

Edie at a school visit

As a former teacher myself, I particularly enjoy visiting schools, libraries, and book clubs to talk about my experiences as an author, the research and writing processes, or to give hands-on creative writing workshops.   I welcome email questions and comments from teachers and students and look forward to school visits!



Choose a topic from below:

  • Breathing life into your story:  It’s all in the details.
  • Turning Truth to Fiction
  • When your editor says your character isn’t stepping up to the plate…
  • Using Emotion to Connect with Your Readers
  • Building a Historical World
  • The Research and Writing Process
  • The Revision Process



Or choose your own customized workshop on an element of the craft of writing.





Below are links to discussion questions and activities that I hope will give teachers ideas for using THAT SMUDGE OF SMOKE, ROAD TO TATER HILL, BROKEN DRUM, or REBEL HART as part of their literature, language arts, social studies, and even music curricula.  



Discussion Guides (downloadable pdfs)


ROAD TO TATER HILL  Discussion Guide BROKEN DRUM Discussion Questions
ROAD TO TATER HILL Teacher Activity Guide REBEL HART Literature Circle Questions

Media Kit