Did You Know?

Erin L. Schneider is native to the Pacific Northwest, attended college in Honolulu - and although Hawaiian - should never be allowed on a surfboard. With more than twenty years in corporate merchandising, she’s now a full-time writer living in Seattle with her husband, Neal; their baby boy, Kellan; a rowdy German shepherd named Ronin; and two crazy cats, Ono and Poke. She’s a member of both the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and SCBWI, and is also co-founder of the YA Buccaneers.

SUMMER OF SLOANE is her debut novel, out May 3, 2016 from Disney-Hyperion.

Erin is represented by literary agent Lisa Grubka of Fletcher & Company.

Subscribe via email
Twitter
Where Else Am I?

  

 Instagram 

Tags
#8TerribleTitles (1) #TalkLikeAPirateDay (1) #YABPirateTalk (1) 2012 (1) 2013 (2) 2014 (1) 4th of July (1) 7 Days (1) A to Z Challenge (26) Abbi Glines (1) About Me (6) Advice (4) Agent Feedback (1) Agents (12) Ally Carter (1) Ally Condie (1) Alphabet Survey (1) Amazing Dinner (1) AMC (1) American Library Association (2) Anniversary (1) Apps (1) April (1) Author Interviews (2) Awesome Editor Lisa (1) Banned Book Week (5) Banned Books (2) BEA (1) Best Reads (7) Beta Readers (1) Bikini Boot Camp (2) Bitterblue (1) Blog Break (1) Blog Me MAYbe (8) Blog-o-versary (2) Blogs (1) Book Covers (2) Book Deal (1) Book Hop (1) Book Stores (2) Book Surveys (1) Books (5) Books To Watch (1) Borders (3) Brenna Yovanoff (1) Bridgid Gallagher (3) BTR (1) BTS Reads (1) Caffeine Free (1) Campaigner Challenge (1) cancer (2) Carrie Ryan (3) Cassandra Clare (2) Chapter Books (5) Chaptering (1) Character Building (1) Children's Bestsellers (1) Children's Sales (1) Chris Weber (1) Coming Soon (2) Contemporary (2) Contests (9) Courtney Summers (4) Cover Reveals (1) CP's (5) Cracked Up To Be (1) Creativity (1) Critique Groups (2) Deadlines (1) Deals (2) Dear Teen Me (2) Disney-Hyperion (5) Divergent (1) Early Chapter Books (5) E-Books (1) Editing (2) Edits (2) Elizabeth Briggs (1) End of Year (1) Erin L. Funk (6) Faction (1) Fall For Anything (1) Favorite Imaginary Worlds (1) Favorite Reads (1) Favorites (6) Fire (1) Fireworks (1) First Lines (1) First Page Contest (1) Flash Fiction (3) Fletcher & Company (2) Follow-up (1) For The Glow (2) Friday Fives (15) Friday Funnies (1) Friday Ponder (1) Gayle Forman (2) Getting Published (2) GGetting Published (1) Giveaway (25) Goals (3) Goodreads (1) Graceling (2) Great Reads (1) Halloween (3) Happy Holidays (1) Harriet Beecher Stowe (1) Heidi Sinnett (1) HON (1) HyperionTeens (1) IBBA (9) IMDB (1) In Memory (2) Inspiration (22) Insurgent (2) Interviews (4) It's Coming! (1) J. K. Rowling (1) Jaime Morrow (6) James Dashner (2) Jandy Nelson (2) Jennifer Echols (1) JJames Dashner (1) Job Opportunities (1) John Green (1) Judith Engracia (1) July 1st 2013 (2) June 2013 (1) Kami Garcia (1) Kathryn Holmes (1) Kelly Loy Gilbert (1) Keyser Söze (1) KidLit.com (1) Kiersten White (2) Kris F. Oliver (2) Kristin Cashore (2) Launch (1) Laura Hillenbrand (1) Lauren Oliver (1) LGBT (1) Libraries (1) Lisa Grubka (1) Liza Dawson and Associates (1) Logline (1) Love YA! (1) Maggie Stiefvater (2) Marci Lyn Curtis (1) Mark Twain (1) Mary Kole (1) May (1) Mazatlan (1) MG (2) Michael L. Printz Winner (1) Michelle Hodkin (1) Middle Grade (5) Miss Snark's First Victim (3) MMy Reviews (1) Mom (2) Month Recap (2) More Than Music (1) Mr. Agent Man (5) Muse (5) Muses (1) Must Go (1) My Agent (3) My Reviews (47) My Sister (1) My Vacations (1) Naming your Novel (1) NaNo (3) NaNo Madness (1) NaNoReviseMo (1) NaNoWriMo (1) New Releases (2) New Website (1) Nonfiction (6) NOTG (6) November (1) NYT List (1) On The Island (1) On Writing (2) One Year Anniversary (1) Online Presence (1) Outlines (1) P.C. & Kristen Cast (1) Paper Hangover (2) PicMonkey (1) Picture Books (5) Pitches (1) PitchFest (2) Pittacus Lore (1) Poetry (1) Pop! Goes The Reader (1) Publication Date (2) Pumkins (1) Pumpkins (2) Query Letters (9) Querying (3) QueryTracker (3) Ramblings (1) Random Facts (2) Ray Villafane Studios (2) Readergirlz (1) Reading (29) Reading Mutiny Challenge (2) Ready Set Write! (1) recipes (1) Regine's Book (2) Research Tools (2) Revising (3) Revisions (12) Rewrites (1) Richelle Mead (4) Robert Frost (1) Rock the Drop (4) RTW (11) Running (6) Sara Biren (1) Sarah LaPolla (1) Sarah Ockler (6) SCBWI (1) Scholastic (5) Secret Agent Contest (2) Secret Project (3) Shelley Watters (1) Simone Elkeles (2) Six-Word Memoir (1) Sold! (2) Sookie Stackhouse (1) SOS (1) Spring 2016 (1) Spring Writing Bootcamp (13) Starbucks (1) Stephanie Perkins (1) Stephen King (1) Stephenie Meyer (1) Submission (1) SUMMER OF SLOANE (3) Summer Reading Challenge (3) Super Agent Lisa (5) Suzanne Collins (4) SYTYCD (1) TBR (2) Team Rainier (9) Teen Literature Day (1) The Bucket List (1) The Dark and Hollow Places (1) The Dead-Tossed Waves (1) The Forest of Hands and Teeth (1) The Harvard Comma (1) The Herb Farm (1) THE LUCKY FEW (5) THE ONE THING (1) THE RAVEN BOYS (1) The Sky Is Everywhere (1) The Sweet Sixteens (1) The Vincent Boys (1) The Walking Dead (1) the Write-Brained Network (1) This Is Not A Test (2) Title Change (1) Top 150 Bestsellers (28) Top Ten (3) Tracey Garvis-Graves (1) Transitional Readers (2) Travel (1) Treasure Hunt (1) Twitter (1) Two Roads (1) Unread (1) USA Today (28) Vacations (1) Vampire Academy (4) Veronica Roth (3) Versatile Blogger Award (1) Veterans Day (1) Video (1) Walk The Plank Challenge (1) WB Network (1) What's Up Wednesday (3) WHERE THE WATER FALLS (6) Wine (1) Winners (2) WiP (16) WOC (1) Word For The Year (1) Word Sprints (4) Would You Rather? (1) WOW! (1) Write-Brained Network (1) WriteOnCon (3) Writer Websites (1) Writerly Advice (6) Writerly Friends (1) Writers (1) Writer's Block (2) Writer's Campaign (1) Writer's Digest (1) Writer's Platform (2) Writing (21) Writing Communities (1) Writing Conferences (1) Writing Goals (7) Writing Process (1) Writing Resources (1) Writing Tips (6) WTWF (15) WWriter's Campaign (1) X Words (1) y (1) YA (8) YA Bestsellers (49) YA Book Club (2) YA Book Donations (1) YA Buccaneers (10) YA Contemporary (1) YA Reads (38) YA Sales (1) YA Trends (1) YAB (1) YAHighway (1) YALSA Best Sellers (2) YAwesome Writers (1) Young Adult (7) Zest Books (4) Zombieland (1) Zombies (2)
I'm a member!

Where In The World?

Entries in Ray Villafane Studios (2)

Thursday
Oct312013

Happy Haloween!!!

Image courtesy of Villafane Studios

Yanno how I love me my zombies...oh what I wouldn't do to have Ray Villafane carve something like the above at my house! As always, he's got some impressive pumpkins over on his site -- maybe a little inspiration for next year?

Image courtesy of Villafane StudiosHere's wishing everyone a very Happy Halloween!

May it not rain while you're out and about with your ghosts & goblins.
May you all bring home pillowcases FULL of goodness.
And may your kids fall for the "I think this piece of candy is poisoned" routine, when you spot one of your favorites in their pile!

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday
Oct312012

Happy Halloween!!!

Hi everyone! I am feeling under the weather right now - super sore throat and double ear infections to boot - so I'm reposting my Halloween post from last year (and this year I'll be making homemade chicken noodle soup and not the nummy pasta below...boo.). Because I can't let this day pass, without a proper post!

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Yeah! My favorite holiday is upon us!

Wait, you don't think Halloween is a holiday? Oh, pa-lease.

It's only the best one out there. I mean, when else do you have the opportunity to dress up as a creepy zombie, slutty nurse, or scary witch? Unless of course, you're into that kind of thing and you don't need Halloween?

Anywho.

I love everything about this day - the crazy costumes, the decorations, the parties, the kids, handing out candy (although I do miss going trick-or-treating myself), and of course, the pumpkins. Oh, do I LOVE the pumkins!!!

Photo Courtesy of Ray Villafane StudiosSeriously, what some people can do with these wonderful gourds is downright crazy. And if you don't believe me, you've so got to check out this fab site: Ray Villafane. This man can carve a pumpkin like noneother!

Photo Courtesy of Ray Villafane StudiosHe was even invited to the White House last year to carve the pumkins for the Obama family - and this year is in Vegas, carving the lot for Heidi Klum's big Halloween par-tay.

Not too shabby, I'd say.

And with all this excitment, I actually don't mind being in the office today. Because I know I get to go home and get the house ready - and I'm excited for my super easy, but yum-o dinner, which even that, is pumkin inspired (courtesy of Everyday Food, November Winter 2007, with a little doctoring on my part): 

Penne with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce 

Canned pumpkin puree isn't only good for pie; here, it becomes a creamy sauce for penne, topped with deliciously crunchy fried sage leaves.

I've changed up this recipe by adding ground chicken and changing it from Rosemary to Sage leaves (as I think sage tastes so much better with pumpkin!).

  • Prep Time 10 minutes
  • Total Time 30 minutes
  • Yield Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 ounces penne rigate (ridged), or other short pasta
  • Coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage leaves
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes, plus more for garnish (optional)
  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Reserve 2 cups pasta water; drain pasta and set aside.
  2. In a separate saute pan, brown ground chicken with salt & pepper to taste (I like to add some of the red-pepper flakes here).
  3. In pasta pot, heat oil over medium. Add sage leaves and fry, stirring, until starting to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer sage leaves to a paper towel, leaving oil in pot.
  4. Carefully (oil is hot and will spatter) add pumpkin puree, garlic, half-and-half (you'll want to warm this first, to avoid curddling the cream), Parmesan, vinegar, red-pepper flakes, and 1 cup reserved pasta water to pot. Stir sauce until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Add pasta to sauce, and toss to coat. If sauce is too thick, add some reserved pasta water. Season generously with salt. Serve pasta sprinkled with fried sage leaves and, if desired, more red-pepper flakes.

COOK'S NOTE

Frying sage leaves in olive oil not only turns the herb into a crispy garnish -- it also infuses the oil to create a tasty base for the pumpkin sauce.

____________

AND WHAT IS EVERYONE ELSE DOING TODAY? STUCK AT WORK? DRESSED UP? TAKING THE KIDS OUT? GOING TO A PARTY?

Whatever it is, I hope everyone has a wonderful Halloween, stays safe, and gets pillow-cases full of candy! Because after all, there's nothing scarier than the day after Halloween...that means Christmas is only 55 days away. Yikes.