You might have noticed I went M.I.A. for a while there. I’ve been busy working as a writer on a book project with Meghan Dougherty and Alece Birnbach. We’ve been finishing up this second book:


…and are proud to announce the release of the first book by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky on July 1st, 2014!


The official website is here:

And you can pre-order your copy here:

What’s it about? Here’s the Booklist Review of Rise of the Undead Redhead Running July 1st:

What do you get when you mix a potentially haunted roller rink; a pink-haired, hearse-driving grandma; and girl power? A new series: Dorothy’s Derby Chronicles. In this first installment, gothic scenes, creepy language, and clandestine subplots, along with an eclectic roller-derby team, blend easily in a sincere tale of familial love, friendship, and tween crushes. Throughout, the story highlights how roller derby inspires protagonist Dorothy, BFFs Jade and Gigi, and the rest of the team to build confidence, learn individual and collaborative strengths, and, more significantly, discover that it’s OK to be different. After all, Dorothy lives in a converted funeral home and has trouble not falling while off her skates, but according to Grandma Sally, “Normal is overrated!” Noting the diversity on her team, Dorothy observes that the players are “different sizes and colors and ranged from conservative . . . to wild women.” A motivational read that nicely kicks off a spunky new series. — Annie Miller

Also, if you’re in the Denver area, come join us for the big book launch party!

Saturday, July 19
at 10:30am – 12:30pm
TAXI, 3544 Ringsby Ct.

It’s time to roll out! And celebrate the launch of the first-ever book series for tweens that is part of a roller derby adventure. Everybody is welcome. If you like to roll—roller skates, roller blades, scooters or skate boards–bring them to this special book signing, community skate party and equipment swap to celebrate the launch of the new series Dorothy’s Derby Chronicles’ Book 1: Rise of the Undead Redhead.

• The creators, Meghan Dougherty and illustrator Alece Birnbach, and co-writer Karen Windness will sell and sign any books purchased at the event, and we will read the first chapter.
• Community skate party – bring anything you like to roll on—roller skates, blades, scooters, skateboards!
• Learn about playing junior roller derby and get a derby demo from the author!
• Equipment swap—need an upgrade? Bring your rolling equipment (except not bikes) and swap it out. Any equipment not swapped will be donated to Rocky Mountain Rollerpunks or Girls, Inc.
• Bout face painting station.
• Fake tattoo station.