Thursday, September 17, 2020

Here's a little sample from my upcoming novel, DON'T JUDGE ME!

DON'T JUDGE ME comes out in less than two months, on November 10th. This novel is about a 6th grader named Hazel who finds a notebook that rates girls on their looks. She knows she has to do something, and she can't do it alone. The wave she'll be making might turn into a tsunami, but if Hazel can find the courage to speak up, she just might change everything.

The first professional review is in and it's a nice one!

Pre-order at and get a signed, personalized copy plus free gifts!

This week's video offers a tiny taste - watch as I read aloud!

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Thursday thoughts with Lisa - the #1 thing you can do to improve your writing

I'm having a lot of eye pain this week for some reason so I'm not looking very well in this video, hopefully you will forgive me for that! But today I wanted to share what advice I give the most to kids who write to me and ask me what they can do to become a good writer. Can you guess what it is??? Find out in the video!


Thursday, August 27, 2020

Thursday thoughts with Lisa - staying motivated during the 1st draft

Writing is fun until it isn't. And then it just becomes work. So how you do stay motivated while writing the first draft so you can FINISH it? I share a few tips in this video!

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Thursday thoughts with Lisa - Book Recommendation: FROM THE DESK OF ZOE WASHINGTON

Pre-order campaign - order between now and November 8th and get free stuff!!

You might not know that 2020 has been a REALLY rough year for authors, publishers and bookstores. And lucky me, I have a novel coming out right after one of the biggest elections in American history when people will be thinking about a million other things besides my little book. So, in an effort to try and get some orders before November, I've partnered with a fantastic little bookstore in Portland called Annie Bloom's Books for a pre-order campaign. Order through them and on Nov. 10th I'll head over, sign/personalize books, stick some special gifts I've prepared into the package, and they will mail it off to you (or if you live in Portland, you can pick it up curbside). You'll be doing so much to support me, Scholastic, and Annie Bloom's.
DON'T JUDGE ME is inspired by the true story of girls who found a list being passed around at school rating them on their looks. It's a book about learning to speak up when you see something that's wrong and want to work to create change. It's about looking for and finding others who will stand with you. It's about being true to yourself even when it's challenging.
It's too early for professional reviews but the incredible Barbara Dee's quote will be on the cover. "A realistic treatment of an important topic. Readers will root for Hazel!" And Ms. Hottinger, a Middle School teacher, just read a review copy and told me, "I absolutely LOVED it."  How can you beat that!? It's primarily for kids ages 9 and up, but I think Hazel's growth and transformation could be inspiring for just about anyone. Or if you are a fan of tortoises, you're in luck, there's one in the book named Pip. I truly appreciate friends and family's support, now more than ever. 

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Thursday thoughts with Lisa - writing haikus

Today we talk about the haiku poem. I hope you'll try writing one after watching the video - I find them to be not too hard and kind of calming. Enjoy!