Upcoming Events:

SCBWI Summer Conference Workshop – Success Without Stress: Insider Secrets to Marketing from Seasoned Authors (teaching with Sara Fujimura) – August 3, 2024 – online @ 11am PST/2pm EST — register here

School Visit – Fall 2024 – Benchmark Elementary, Phoenix, AZ

Kid-lit Book Birthday Party – September 7, 2024 – in person @ 11am-1pm – Changing Hands-Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ

Miracle Paperback Release!September 24, 2024 – bookstores everywhere

SCBWI AZ Author Panel – September 28, 2024 – in person @ TBD time – TBD location, AZ

Book Signing (with Sara Fujimura) – September 29, 2024 – in person @ 12-4pm – Barnes & Noble Dana Park, Mesa, AZ

NCTE author panels: Writing With Heart & Teaching Through Our Shared Humanity – November 21-24, 2024 – Boston, MA

BOOK TWO (title TBD) Release!January 2026 – bookstores everywhere

Past Events:

Miracle Release! March 28, 2023 – bookstores everywhere

Book launch – March 29, 2023 @ 6pm AZ time/PST – Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ (thank you, Amy Trueblood!!!)

Drop Everything And Write Day Teen Event – April 15, 2023 @ 2pm AZ time/PST – Southeast Regional Library, Gilbert, AZ

Great Middle Grade Reads (virtual) Author Panel – April 16, 2023 @ 3pm EST – with MG authors Sarah Maslin Nir, Tanita S. Davis, Cynthia Lord, and Robin Gow – Books of Wonder, New York, NY – View Recording here

SCBWI Book Club (virtual) – April 19, 2023 – IG Livestream @ 11am PST/2pm EST – View Recording here

School Visit – May 5, 2023 – Cortina Elementary, Gilbert, AZ

School Visit – May 9, 2023 – Kerr Elementary, Mesa, AZ

Debut author chat (virtual) – May 21, 2023 – Online @ 3pm EST – with MG authors Tamika Burgess, Sydney Dunlap, and Meg Eden Kuyatt – Cellar Door Bookstore

School Visit – June 1, 2023 – Glendale High School Marching Band, Glendale, AZ

Book Signing – July 8, 2023 – in person @ 12-4pm – Barnes & Noble Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ

Nerd Camp PA – Breakout session: Tough Topics in Kidlit (virtual) Author Panel – July 14, 2023 – Online @ 1:15pm EST – with debut authors Wendy Parris, Sydney Dunlap, Kat Higgs-Coulthard, and Sierra Isley

Book Signing: Author Extravaganza – August 5, 2023 – in person @ 1-5pm – Barnes & Noble San Tan, Gilbert, AZ – with authors Lee Call, CK Donnelly, Dito Abbott, Sonja F Blanco, Dani Hoots, Kathie McMahon, Kara McDowell, Madeleine Elizabeth, and Heather Kassner

Book Signing: Bookmark’s 33rd Anniversary – August 19, 2023 – in person @ 11am-1pm – The Bookmark, Neptune Beach, FL

Book Signing: Fall Crawl – September 23, 2023 – in person @ 1-3pm – Barnes & Noble Chandler Fashion Center, Chandler, AZ

Author Book Talk– October 4, 2023 – in person @ 4-5pm – Oro Valley Public Library, Oro Valley, AZ (thank you, Richelle!)

Writing Workshop – October 16, 2023 – in person @ 10:30am – Himmel Public Library, Tucson, AZ

Writing Workshop – October 28, 2023 – in person @ 10:30am – South Mandarin Public Library, Jacksonville, FL

Book Signing – November 11, 2023 – in person @ 1-3pm – with Arianne Costner – Barnes & Noble Dana Park, Mesa, AZ

Book Signing: Mesa Book Fair – December 2, 2023 – in person @ 12-4pm – Red Mountain Public Library, Mesa, AZ

Mesa Book Festival: SCBWI PAL book panel – December 16, 2023 – in person @ 2-3pm – with DaVaun Sanders and Matt McMann – Benedictine University, Mesa, AZ

School Visit – December 18, 2023 – Sousa Elementary, Mesa, AZ

Jacksonville Celebrate Literacy Week – January 22, 2023 – in person @ Pine Forest Elementary, John E Ford Elementary, LaVilla School of Arts, & Junior Lit Chat @ Willow Branch Library – Jacksonville, FL

School Visit – February 2, 2024 – Ishikawa Elementary, Mesa, AZ (my alma mater!) (photo: East Valley Tribune)

Book Signing – February 17, 2024 – in person @ 1-3pm – Barnes & Noble Tucson West, Tucson, AZ

School Visit – February 28, 2024 – Coronado Elementary, Gilbert, AZ

School Visit – February 29, 2024 – Norterra Canyon Elementary, Phoenix, AZ

School Visit – March 1, 2024 – Higley Traditional School, Gilbert, AZ

Book Showcase – March 5, 2024 – in person @ 6-8pm – with Sohrab Rezvan & Kristy Tussing – Literally Bookshop/Peacock Wine & Book Bar, Gilbert, AZ

School Visit – March 6, 2024 – Keller Elementary, Mesa, AZ

School Visit – March 7, 2024 – St. Thomas the Apostle School, Phoenix, AZ

School Visit – March 12, 2024 – Holy Spirit Catholic School, Jacksonville, FL

Great Middle Grade Reads (in-person) Author Panel – March 14, 2024 @ 6-7pm – with MG authors Chris Lynch, E.L. Shen, Cathy Carr, & Caela Carter – Books of Wonder (17th St Store), New York, NY

Queen Creek Library Comicon: Writing Workshop – March 20, 2023 – in person @ 11:00am-noon – Queen Creek Public Library, Queen Creek, AZ

Spring Fling Book Fair – April 6, 2024 – in person @ 11am-1pm (event runs 11am-5pm) – with many local AZ authors – B&N Dana Park, Mesa, AZ

We are on Instagram
So excited to be selected with great company. Congratulations, Caroline, Kelly, Aya, and Rashin! 

Posted @withregram • @christyottavianobooks Happy to share this exciting news — congratulations Caroline, Kelly, Aya, Rashin, and Karen!

#authornews #authorawards #ccbc @ccbcuwmadison @carolinehickeybooks @yllekyhprum #mglit #ginnyoffthemap #pb @ayakhalilauthor @rashin.kheiriyeh #thenightbeforeeid #readmiracle @kchowrites
Happy Sunday! The Earth is beautiful. 

#peraltatofreemontsaddle #superstitionmountains #hikingadventures @b.kepner @kjkep
Upcoming author signings for Feb-April! 

* Feb 17, 1-3pm @bntucsonwest Barnes & Noble, Tucson West

* March 5, 6-8pm @literallybookshop @peacockwinebar Gilbert, AZ

* April 6, 11-1pm @bndanapark Barnes & Noble, Dana Park, Mesa, AZ (Spring Fling Book Fair with lots of other authors!)

#authorevent #booksigning #authorlife #readmiracle #mglit #middlegradebooks
Happy Sunday. The earth is beautiful. 

#nighthike #sunsethike #hikingadventures #windcavetrail #userymountainregionalpark @b.kepner
I had the privilege of visiting schools in Jacksonville, FL, and it was the most amazing experience! So many thanks to Katie, Alison, and Amy @jaxpubliclibrary for organizing and hosting me! I am ever thankful! ❤️❤️❤️

#authorvisit #schoolvisit #authorlife @christyottavianobooks @lbschool @littlebrownyoungreaders #readmiracle
Barnes and Noble is doing their annual pre-order sale, just in time for Miracle’s paperback version to be released!

Preorder at, use code: PREORDER25. 
Valid until Jan 26, 2024. 
(Link in bio)

#preordersale‼️ #mglit #middlegradebooks #supportauthors @christyottavianobooks @lbschool @littlebrownyoungreaders #bnpreorder
Happy Sunday. The earth is beautiful. 

#latergram #hikingadventures #lonemountain #ejpeaktrail
@stephanie_willing_says and I are featured in this issue of @literary_mama!!! Woohoo for Pitch Wars alumni and for @mgin23!!! 

Posted @withregram • @literary_mama Our January/February issue is here! ❤️ Link in bio. From Senior Editor Rudri Bhatt Patel: “As you read the January/February 2024 issue, I hope you reflect on your personal transitions and evolutions as writers and mothers, evaluating how far you’ve come and what you hope to learn as you continue writing and mothering. It’s a humbling journey, certainly, but one that comes with extraordinary and lasting life lessons.”
Happy birthday in heaven, Daddy. ❤️💕

#bookinspiration #mglit #readmiracle
This was not the summit of Lone Mountain (EJ peak), but it was really pretty. 

Happy Sunday! The earth is beautiful. 

#latergram #userymountainregionalpark #lonemountain #ejpeaktrail #hikingadventures
That moment when you find your book shelved at your beautiful local library (@maricopalibrarydistrict #southeastregionallibrary). 😭🤩🥳

#authorlife #supportlocal #librariesareawesome #readmiracle
Happy Sunday. The earth is beautiful. 
(Thanks for hiking with me @b.kepner!! 💕)

#hieroglyphtrail #superstitionmountains #hikingadventures
It’s been such a fantastic 2023! 

1. Kilauea Lighthouse, Kauai 
2. My first book launch
3. Carney Springs waterfall, Superstition Mountains, AZ
4. Skiing at Sunrise, Greer, AZ
5. Waihee Ridge Trail, Maui
6. Merkle Vista Trail, Usery Mountain Regional Park, AZ
7. Pine Knoll Beach, Crystal Coast, NC
8. Wind Cave Trail, Usery Mountain Regional Park, AZ
9. My neighborhood, Gilbert, AZ

It’s been a rollercoaster and amazing. 

#topnine #goodbye2023 #happynewyear2024!
Happy Sunday and Happy New Year’s Eve!
It’s been a beautiful year. 
Here’s to many more views. 

#hikingadventures #happysunday #happynewyear #userymountainregionalpark #merklevistatrail #latergram
Happy Sunday. (Thanks @ckim95 for the photos!)

#happysunday #happychristmaseve
Went to @peacockwinebar and @literallybookshop last night for an early #jolabokaflod celebration. What a great place to hang out! (And bonus: I finished @davaunsanders’s Keynan Masters and the Peerless Magic Crew!)

#mglit #authorlife #amreading #readingisagift
Books make great gifts! If you have a tween who loves music, Harry Potter, or just needs a bit of hope, MIRACLE from @christyottavianobooks (@littlebrownyoungreaders) is a great choice!
Link in bio. 🎼🎶🎁🧧🇹🇼
I will be at the Mesa Book Festival in conversation with @davaunsanders and @matt_mcmann on Saturday, December 16 at 2-3pm!

Lots of great authors will be there, including the awesome @lisa_mcmann, @michaelhaleillustration, @authorphoebefox, @eboniep.fields, @sharonskinner_author_bookcoach! 
As well as a book donation bin with @kidsneedtoread. 

#Posted @withregram • @lisa_mcmann One week from today in Mesa AZ! Join @matt_mcmann and me in conversation with Sharon Skinner at 10:00am in Gillett Hall. 
@mpslibraries @mpsaz @matt_mcmann @kchowrites @davaunsanders 

#mesabookfestival #mesabookfestival2023 #authorevent #kidsneedtoread
So cool when the clouds are like this. 
Happy Sunday. The earth is beautiful. 

#latergram #clouds #happysunday #gilbertarizona
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