Yesterday, a notification popped up on my phone. “Traffic to your website has increased by 600 percent,” it said. It could only mean one thing: the story I’d recorded here in Seattle at KUOW with BBC Outlook had been broadcast around the world.
I can’t tell you how heartwarming it is to give something—whether inspiration, hope, curiosity, or even just a touch of happiness—to kids living with cancer. It’s the purpose of Starlight Children’s Foundation.
I’m new to the writing world, at least as far as getting published goes, so I was surprised at first when Authority Magazine asked me if I’d share some tips on becoming an author. Am I qualified to do this, I wondered to myself. And then I thought, I just might be!
Random House Children’s Books generously gifted hundreds of copies of my memoir, WARHEAD, to Starlight Children’s Foundation for distribution through their partner hospitals across the country. I’m going on the road to visit several of them, and yesterday was my first—to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.
I was recently up on Orcas Island, hanging out with my dear mom to celebrate Mother’s Day, and meeting with some wonderful friends and allies in the writing world who helped (and helped and helped) plan the launch of Warhead—which will take place on July 2, 2019.
“An inspiring story of a teen fighting to save his life while also trying to save the world. Touching, vivid, full of humor and heart, WARHEAD shows what is possible when we refuse to accept a diagnosis of despair.”