Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy Statement

I can be reached via e-mail at

When you visit this Web page, certain information is collected by statistical counters, such as domain name, IP address, geographic location (where your ISP is located), etc. This is not personally identifiable information, just statistical information that helps me to see where most of my visitors come from and what content seems to have the greatest appeal to them.

I collect only the domain name, but not the e-mail address of visitors to the Web page; the e-mail addresses of those who communicate with me via e-mail; aggregate and browser-specific (but not personally identifiable) information on what pages visitors access or visit; information volunteered by visitors, such as name, email address, or URLs that visitors may choose to share when posting comments to our blog. Visitors have the option to post comments anonymously (though they must share a valid email address which may or may not identify them personally) and they are under no obligation to share any personal information at all. Registration is not required, and is not permitted if you are 13 or younger and your parent has not provided me their express permission in writing.

The information I collect (via third-party stat counters) is used for internal review and is then discarded; it is used to improve the content of my Web site; it will be disclosed when legally required to do so, at the request of U.S. governmental authorities conducting an investigation, to verify or enforce compliance with the policies governing this Web site and applicable laws or to protect against misuse or unauthorized use of the Web site.

With respect to cookies: I bake cookies. I make really good Tollhouse cookies, as a matter of fact. I don’t know much about Internet cookies, but I know that certain “gadgets,” “widgets,” “stat counters,” and third-party ad servers use cookies to record user-specific information such as that described in the first paragraph. I look at the information provided by the stat counters to see what interests you, but beyond that…I really don’t know where it goes. Most browsers let you block cookies, and you won’t hurt my feelings if you do. It may throw off my stat counter, so it’d be really cool if you didn’t – but your privacy is more important to me than a bunch of statistics. I’m a writer, not a mathematician.

Note: I may, from time to time, play with add-ons and widgets and lord knows what. I’d love to tell you all about them, really – I just don’t always know what they do, or remember to update this notice. So here’s an idea: There is a really nifty site called that has a browser add-on you can install that will alert you to cookies, tell you all sorts of information about each one it finds, and so on. In their own words:

Ghostery sees the invisible web – tags, web bugs, pixels and beacons. Ghostery tracks the trackers and gives you a roll-call of the ad networks, behavioral data providers, web publishers, and other companies interested in your activity.

I reserve the right to add stuff to my site, but allowing it is never a condition of your using the site – feel free to raise the shields and block the Klingons! Full warp speed, ahead, Scottie! (Okay, for anyone who thinks I’m not taking this seriously enough, my apologies. Really.)

If you do not want to receive e-mail from me in the future, please don’t subscribe to anything on this site. You know, my grandmother always said, “You have to write letters to get letters.” That’s kind of true of emails from me, too. If you don’t want emails from me, don’t send me any. If you get some you weren’t expecting, let me know by sending an e-mail at the above address. It may be a “spoof” (someone pretending to be me, without my permission, trying to get information from you, without your permission) and I’d like to stop that practice every bit as much as you would.

I will happily accept cash in the form of you buying my books. I don’t sell them directly, but I do get royalties and they are available through my publisher and most online book stores. You can order them from your local Barnes & Noble, as well.

From time to time, I may use customer information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our privacy notice. (Yeah, when pigs fly – this paragraph exists just in case I accidentally forgot to cover something in this privacy policy. I’m not deliberately “collecting information” about anyone. Even if I did, I’m so scatterbrained, most days, I’d probably just lose it. In a really safe place, like my empty Recycle Bin.) If my information practices change at some time in the future, I will post the policy changes right here on my Web site to notify you of these changes and I will use for these new purposes only data collected from the time of the policy change forward. (You can tell that last sentence was auto-generated, can’t you?) If you are concerned about how your information is used, you should check back here at my Web site periodically. (Because, you know, I’m not collecting your email address unless you subscribe, give it to me in a comment, or email me first, so odds are, I can’t send you a personalized note.)

Upon request I offer visitors the ability to have inaccuracies corrected in any contact information they may have provided in their communications directed to me or to the site. In other words, if you do want to get email from me – let me know what your email address IS, and keep me in the loop if it changes.

Product Reviews, Endorsements, and Passing Mentions

Any mentions of products or books other than my own, on this blog, reflect my personal opinion and I receive no compensation other than (perhaps) a free sample or a reviewer’s copy of the book. If you follow a link from here to and subsequently buy something, I may or may not earn a tiny commission from Amazon Affiliate sales. You are encouraged to do comparison shopping and are under absolutely no obligation to buy anything through this site, ever.

To Parents (Kids, Go Get ’em and Make Sure They Read This)

This site is not designed for use by, nor does it target, visitors under age 13. As a parent, I feel that it is a parent’s responsibility to be aware of what their child(ren) are doing on the Internet. I don’t require any personally identifiable information from anyone, and certainly not from minor children. (If you’re a precocious minor child reading this, please go explain it to your adult and make sure they are okay with your visiting this site.) As the author of books for children, young adults, and adults, I recognize that certain content here may appeal to younger visitors. They are welcome to visit with their parents’ approval and/or supervision.

IF I run a contest here – to give away an autographed copy of a book, for example – only adults may participate. (Kids, go talk to mom or dad – they’ll probably enter for you, if you ask really politely.)

Comments & Civil Interaction Policy

I support the First Amendment. However, I reserve the right to delete comments on my blog for spam, inappropriate content, excessive profanity, threats, or abuse of other visitors to the site. This site is meant to be fun and safe for all visitors.

Any credible threats or illegal activity will be promptly reported to law enforcement for investigation.

If you feel that this site is not following its stated information policy, you may contact us at the above email address or The DMA’s Committee on Ethical Business Practices at

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