Writing for kids

Burns…offers a warmhearted and realistic take on love, grief, and the difficulties and rewards of making human friends
— Publishers Weekly review
In sharp contrast to the sad themes that permeate this quiet tale, a strong vein of humor - springing mainly from Veronica’s often ironic and feisty attitude - relieves the raw suffering without undermining its power. Readers will find this journey back to contentment both fully believable and emotionally resonant.
— Kirkus Reviews

Here's a description The Good, the Bad and the Beagle, my first kid's book, which comes out soon.

Set in a Manhattan reminiscent of Louise Fitzhugh’s, and starring a protagonist with as much verve as one of Beverly Cleary’s, this is the story of feisty eleven-year-old Veronica Morgan, who believes that a furry lemon beagle from the neighborhood pet store will be the solution to the endless worries she has about life in general and friendship in particular. This is a problem, since her bumbling psychiatrist parents won’t buy her the puppy she wants or stop meddling in her life at her challenging new school. But things never turn out the way you plan, particularly if you never stop expecting the worst to happen, and haven’t taken a chance on being a true friend yourself.

Want to see me read a chapter? 

This video was made before I decided on The Good the Bad and the Beagle as the title for my book. The working title was then "Veronica Louise Morgan".

Aside from knowing I was going to be an actress I also knew I was going to write books. I kept this ambition a secret. I’m not sure why.  It is more fun than acting because I can do it anytime. It is incredibly fun to be inside the characters I make up. But its very different than acting and the biggest difference is how much time I spend alone when I write. The book I wrote for grownups is called It Hit Me Like a Ton of Bricks