“Either I will find a way, or I will make one.”

The Elizabethan poet Philip Sidney wrote that line centuries ago, but it’s exactly what any of my heroes and heroines would say today. My work—all of it, from my most lighthearted novel (Catch a Falling Star written as Jessica Starre) to my most popular book (Dojo Wisdom) to my most widely read essay (“For Jessica”)—is about finding a way. With love and determination, anything is possible.

On the Blog

On making my escape

The first one comes in the fall of Jessica’s junior year, a letter from the admissions office of Kansas State University. I don’t immediately recognize what it is. Once I do, for a moment hope flaps its vain and tinsel wings. Maybe it’s true. Maybe my daughter can go to college, and get a great […]

What Readers Are Saying

“Your writing helped me escape when the pain was almost too much to bear."

- Lessons in Magic

“I took the magazine out of the recycling bin so I could read your story again.”

– “Refresher Course” in KU Alumni magazine

“I may have cried a little, both happy and sad tears.”

Catch a Falling Star