October 3, 2016

Osher Edventure (Ticketed)

Japanese Friendship Garden

Sisters of Heart and Snow


Tweens Read

Houston TX

October 22, 2016


Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference

October 28-30, 2016







Miami Book Fair

November 19, 2016


Past Events


April 9, 2016


Signing times: TBD


April 10, 2016


Mysterious Galaxy

4 pm

Join Margaret Dilloway and her special furry guest to celebrate the launch of MOMOTARO BOOK ONE: XANDER AND THE LOST ISLAND OF MONSTERS.


April 13, 2016

7 pm

Magnolia Science Academy Barnes & Noble Night

Grossmont Center Barnes & Noble

Book Talk and Signing







January 22, 2016

2pm San Carlos Library, San Diego

Book Talk & Signing


Saturday, May 10, 1 pm
Santa Clarita Library
Author Appearance and Book Talk

8.5x11.2.14Wednesday, August 3, 2011
6:30 pm
Author Talk Series & Signing
Mission Valley Library
2123 Fenton Parkway, San Diego, CA 92108-4739

Tuesday August 9, 2011
7:30 pm
Talk & Signing
Warwick’s Books
7812 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

Monday, August 15, 2011
7 pm
Talk & Signing
Bellevue Regional Library
w/University Bookstore
Bellevue, WA

Tuesday, August 16, 2011
7 pm
Redondo Beach Library Great Summer Reads program
w/Mysterious Galaxy bookstore
Talk & Signing
Redondo Beach, CA

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

7 pm
Talk & Signing
Books, Inc. at Opera Plaza
San Francisco, CA

Friday, August 26, 2011

Luncheon, Talk & Signing (ticketed event)
Adventures by the Book
Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Southern California Writers’ Conference LA
Saturday  Keynote Speaker

Monday, November 28, 2011
Talk & Signing
1:30 pm
Lemon Grove Library

Saturday, December 17, 2011
Book Fair Benefit for San Diego Friends of the Library
Talk & Signing
Mission Valley Barnes & Noble, San Diego

Weds. January 4, 2012

12 pm

Bostonia Women’s Club Speaker

Private event


January 12-15, 2012
Jefferson, Texas:

Author panel at the Pulpwood Queen’s Annual Girlfriend’s Weekend book festival

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Author Talk
6:30 pm Benjamin Library, San Diego

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2 pm
Talk & Signing
Double Header with Nina Revoyr, author of WINGSHOOTERS
Profile about me in Discover Nikkei Magazine
Monday, March 12, 2012
7 pm
Horizons Book Club
The Upstart Crow
Seaport Village
835C West Harbor Dr, San Diego
This event is free and open to the public. The book will be sold at a 25% discount.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Warwick’s Author panel: Discussion workshop of Publishing Industry and How to Get Published, with Caitlin Rother, Marjorie Hart, and Laurel Corona of San Diego Writing Women.
Warwick’s Books, La Jolla, CA

Thursday, April 26, 2012

6 pm

San Diego Junior League Spring Fundraiser

San Diego Writing Women Panel

*Ticketed Event

Saturday, May 12, 2012
Asian Pacific Island Festival at the Japanese American National Museum.

Fact to Fiction Panel:
Join a remarkable panel of novelists featuring New York Times bestselling author Jamie Ford (Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet), Kristina McMorris (Bridge of Scarlet Leaves), Margaret Dilloway (How to Be an American Housewife), and Paula Yoo (Good Enough). Topics will include the influence of Asian American history on today’s literature, weaving true and personal accounts into fiction, and cultural education through storytelling.


Saturday, June 23
1:30 -3

American Library Association Conference (ALA), Anaheim
Reading from THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS, followed by signing

*Ticketed event


Saturday, July 7, 2012

Author Talk: Corona Public Library
Corona, CA

Friday, July 20, 2012

California State Summer School for the Arts

3:30-5 pm

CalArts, Valencia, CA

Alumni Talk & Signing

Thursday, August 2, 2012
7:30 pm
Warwick’s Books, La Jolla, CA
The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns Launch


Friday, September 7, 2012
1 pm

Author Talk: San Carlos Library, San Diego, CA

hursday, September 20, 2012

Signing and Talk

5:30 pm

Russos’ Books

Bakersfield, CA

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tony Roma’s Benefit for United Through Reading with San Diego Writing Women

To celebrate their 25th Anniversary, Tony Roma’s in Pacific Beach (4110 Mission Blvd) will donate 15% of the proceeds from this night to United Through Reading. Eat at Tony Roma’s, meet some authors (I’ll be there 5-7), and help support a great cause! No flyer needed; get a wristband when you walk through the door so your purchase will count.

About United Through Reading: “Our mission is to unite military families facing physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading aloud together. United Through Reading is the nation’s first nonprofit to promote the read-aloud experience for separated military families. United Through Reading offers deployed parents the opportunity to be video-recorded reading storybooks to their children which eases the stress of separation, maintains positive emotional connections and cultivates a love of reading.”

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Keynote Speaker & Guest of Honor, Omega Nu Fundraiser, Sacramento, CA

Ticketed Event.

How to Be an American Housewife theme!

Thursday October 11, 2012
6 pm

Huntington Beach Library Panel

Huntington Author Panel
$10: Reservations Required (see flier link above)

Saturday October 13, 2012

5-9 pm

San Diego Writing Women Party

Seaside Home in La Jolla, on Wall St (in the old Saks building)

This is a FREE, multi-author event. Come join us for a chat and some wine– stay as long as you like.

January 17, 2013
Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend
Jefferson, Texas

The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns has won Pulpwood Queens Bonus Book of the Year!

Saturday, February 16, 2013
Delta Kappa Gamma talk
Private event

Saturday, March 9, 2013
11 am
American Association of University Women Luncheon
Surf & Sand Resort, Laguna Beach
Ticketed Event

March 12, 2013
10 am
Brandeis National Committee Book and Author Luncheon
Rancho Bernardo Country Club
Ticketed Event: Fundraiser for Scientific Research and Scholarship Fund

Monday, March 25
1:30 pm
American Association of University Women San Diego
Talk & Signing
San Carlos Branch Library, San Diego


Sunday, June 2
El Segundo Author Fair
El Segundo Public Library
111 W. Mariposa Ave.
El Segundo, CA 90245

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 1-4 pm
Valentine and Roses Adventure
w/Adventures by the Book
San Diego
A fun lecture and book discussion, followed by a floral arranging class, with a bouquet you can take home to your Valentine.

Valentine and Roses Adventure Details

Tuesday, March 18, 6-9 pm
Writing Women’s Fiction Workshop
San Diego Writers Ink
San Diego
Learn how to write a women’s fiction novel in this informative workshop that covers everything you need to know.
For more information and to sign up, email programs@sandiegowriters.org

6 thoughts on “Events

  1. Hi,
    My book group is discussing your book on Thursday, Aug. 18. I know my members will ask me if you have another book in the works. Would you care to share any future plans with us?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Noreen…

      Here’s the next book info.
      Thanks for reading!

      Thirty-six year old Gal Garner lives a regimented life. Her job teaching biology and her struggle with kidney disease keep her toggling between the high school, the hospital, and home

      on strict schedule. Only at home, in her gardens, does Gal come alive. But even her passion, rose breeding, has a tangible and highly structured goal: Gal wants to create a new breed of rose, win Queen of

      Show in a major competition, and bring that rose to market…

      Then one afternoon Gal’s niece Riley, the daughter of her estranged sister, arrives.

      Unannounced. And their lives will never be the same…

  2. I can’t thank you enough for this book. My Aunt Hisako was always a sort of mystery to me growing up. She had married a serviceman and moved to America with him after the war, and I was told not to ask her about her life before she came here, because it would be too painful. I’m not sure if anyone ever asked her how she felt about that. I feel that I now at least have some frame of reference to help me understand who she was.

  3. I can’t thank you enough for this book. My Aunt Hisako was awlays a sort of mystery to me growing up. She had married a serviceman and moved to America with him after the war, and I was told not to ask her about her life before she came here, because it would be too painful. I’m not sure if anyone ever asked her how she felt about that. I feel that I now at least have some frame of reference to help me understand who she was.

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