Friend Friday

May 18th, 2018|books, reading, writing|

Teresa Funke is a long-time friend of this blog and a fellow historical fiction fanatic; as she mentions below, we [...]

Friend Friday

May 11th, 2018|history, reading, writing|

Many years ago, I read Carolyn See's book, Making a Literary Life. There was much to love about this book [...]

Friend Friday

May 4th, 2018|books, gratitude, illustration, inspiration|

One of the best things about being in this industry is the people. Really great people. People who say yes [...]

Friend Friday

April 27th, 2018|books, family, inspiration, reading, writing|

A huge admirer from afar, I had the great fortune of meeting Elly Swartz at nErDCampMI last summer. Despite the [...]

Friend Friday

April 20th, 2018|books, Giveaway, history, reading, Uncategorized, writing|

                  I had no idea that Duke would launch a series. It [...]

Friend Friday

April 13th, 2018|animals, Creativity, inspiration, reading, Uncategorized, writing|

It is such a pleasure to host Dan Gemeinhart today; after all, we are practically neighbors, with only a tiny [...]

Friend Friday

April 6th, 2018|books, inspiration, reading, writing|

Dori Hillestad Butler may have been sad to leave her Iowa home and friends but we in the Pacific Northwest [...]

Friend Friday

March 30th, 2018|books, reading, writing|

Erin Dionne and I share a publisher, and a passion for writing for the middle grade reader. Her books are [...]

Friend Friday

March 23rd, 2018|humor, illustration, inspiration, reading, Uncategorized|

I am so honored to call Dana Sullivan a friend. His irrepressible humor and good-naturedness not only make him a [...]

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Friend Friday

March 16th, 2018|books, Creativity, inspiration, writing|

I predict that The Creativity Project (Little Brown Books for Young Readers) will be a hit with classroom teachers. Colby Sharp, [...]

Friend Friday

March 9th, 2018|writing, Young Adult|

Karen Rivers is a longtime cyber friend, and wonderful writer, with notable titles such as Love, Ish, All That Was, [...]

Friend Friday

March 2nd, 2018|animals, books, reading, Teachers, Uncategorized, writing|

Serendipitously, Laura Purdie Salas and I were seated next to one another at a Golden Kite luncheon a few years [...]

Friend Friday

February 23rd, 2018|books, history|

I’ve been friends with Larry Dane Brimner since *cough cough.* We first met at the Humboldt County Author’s Festival and [...]

Friend Friday

February 16th, 2018|history, inspiration|

Sometimes the stories we are meant to tell take us out of our comfort zones. That was certainly the case [...]

Friend Friday

February 9th, 2018|women, writing|

  Please help me welcome today's friend, Annette Bay Pimentel and her brand new book Girl Running (Nancy Paulsen Books), [...]

Friend Friday

February 2nd, 2018|fantasy, history|

Today's guest is a friend from the (sadly) now-defunct Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA program. I was the first [...]

Friend Friday

January 26th, 2018|Creativity, writing|

It is such a pleasure to host Kim Purcell today, who shares on her website that she often walks with [...]

Friend Friday

January 19th, 2018|Creativity, Teachers|

I have admired Debbie Gonzales since our first meeting in Austin, where she handled a tricky situation with such grace [...]

Friend Friday

January 12th, 2018|Creativity, writing|

By reading Kerri Kokias' engaging website (check it out here), I discovered that she has held many jobs, from nanny [...]

Friend Friday

January 5th, 2018|poetry, writing|

I am so pleased to start the New Year of Friend Friday with a brand-new friend, David Jacobson, who shares [...]