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Friend Friday

April 9th, 2021|history, inspiration, writing|

It's difficult to think of someone enthused about life and the writing process than Erin Soderberg Downing. I can see a world where I absolutely have her on speed-dial whenever [...]

Taking the Plunge

April 2nd, 2021|Uncategorized|

Something a bit different today at Friend Friday -- a message from me! Each week, I use this space to shine the spotlight on a fellow book creator's work. Some of [...]

Friend Friday

March 26th, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, writing|

Generally, I write an introduction here which shares my connection with my Friend Friday guest. Today that is Jeff Gottesfeld, the author of TWENTY-ONE STEPS: GUARDING THE TOMB OF THE [...]

Friend Friday

March 19th, 2021|books, friends, history, inspiration, women, writing|

Sometimes fortune does favor the bold! I was very bold in reaching out to a writer whose work I have long admired with an invitation to be my Friend Friday [...]

Friend Friday

March 12th, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, women|

Suzanne Slade studied mechanical engineering and worked in the field -- on car brakes and rockets-- after getting her degree. But she eventually returned to her first passion: writing. (Visit [...]

Friend Friday

March 5th, 2021|books, inspiration, women, writing|

Oh boy: Alice Kaltman's essay below comes at the perfect time for me. We hear many messages about perseverance (and it certainly is an important trait) but she really has [...]

Friend Friday

February 26th, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, writing|

Susan Kusel I have many jobs related to books; I’m a librarian, a book buyer for a bookstore and have served on many book award committees.  Now I have one [...]

Friend Friday

February 19th, 2021|books, Creativity, illustration, inspiration, picture books|

In this dark and cold (and for some people, incredibly snowy!) time, it's such a treat to host Amalia Hoffman, who brings vibrancy and color to the world through her [...]

Friend Friday

February 12th, 2021|books, inspiration, midde grade, women, writing|

I have a strong memory of being sent a Linda Oatman High book or two by my editor when I was first published at Holiday House, as examples of what [...]

Friend Friday

February 5th, 2021|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books, writing|

Who hasn't felt overwhelmed by emotions this past year? Toni Yuly has created a sweet character with whom we can all identify in that regard. I so appreciate the glimpse [...]