From book talks and signings to writing conferences and workshops to book clubs and retreats, here are just some of the places you can find me throughout the year. If you see me anywhere, I hope you’ll introduce yourself! I love meeting readers and writers, talking about books, and sharing whatever wisdom I can to help aspiring writers along the way. Check back every so often as new events are added.


NOTE: I am taking the summer off from book events in order to spend more time writing and more time with my family. Email me at to set up your event for the fall or winter.

Booksigning – Fenton’s Open Book, Fenton, MI
6:00pm-8:00pm EST – I’ll be in front of independent bookstore Fenton’s Open Book signing all of my books as part of the Fenton Street Experience. You can purchase books at the bookstore, browse the other vendors, get great food, enjoy live music, and more from 5pm to 9pm as Fenton, Michigan, blocks off streets downtown for outdoor, family-friendly fun. Hope to see you there!

Book Club – Bestsellers Books, Mason, MI
6:15pm EST – I’ll be chatting and answering questions about my novel All That We Carried with the book club that meets at Bestsellers Books & Coffee in lovely downtown Mason. Contact the store to find out more about the book club.

The Faithful Crossover Writer – panel discussion hosted by Baker Book House – Online
7:00pm-9:00pm EST – Too Christian for secular readers. Too secular for Christian readers. What’s a crossover writer of faith to do? Are some topics (or words) off-limits? Who sets those limits? And, perhaps most importantly, are those limits rooted in Scripture or are they cultural holdovers from the eras of Queen Victoria and June Cleaver? Novelists Kathleen Basi, Rachel Mans McKenny, and Erin Bartels discuss these questions and more as they attempt to navigate the fraught world of publishing fiction written from a worldview steeped in the Christian faith that doesn’t fit neatly into the traditional Christian Fiction genre.

WFWA’s Annual Writers Retreat, Albuquerque, New Mexico
The Women’s Fiction Writers Association is proud to bring agent, teacher, and author Donald Maass to Albuquerque for our annual retreat (west) for three days of working on the craft of writing, networking, socializing, and mutual love and support. This members-only event is full. Click here to learn more about WFWA and our many programs.

Rally of Writers – Lansing, MI
9:00pm-4:00pm EST – Rally is back! I’ll be teaching one of my most popular workshops, Revising Like a Pro, and critiquing first pages. More info to come as we get closer to the event. Learn more about A Rally of Writers here.

St. Luke Book Club – Haslett, MI (private event)
3:00pm-4:00pm EST – Discussing The Words between Us

The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water Book Launch Event – Grand Rapids, MI
7:00pm EST – Join me at Baker Book House in Grand Rapids for live, in-person, actual event to celebrate the release of my fourth novel! I’ll talk about the book, do a short reading, take your questions, sign your books, and give you prizes just for being you and being there. 🙂  Everyone who comes gets entered into a raffle to win an original print from Dutch fine art photographer Eva van Oosten whose beautiful photography graces the cover of the novel. Bring a friend to get entered twice (both you and your friend)!


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