Friend Friday

April 19th, 2019|books, inspiration, midde grade, reading, writing, Young Adult|

I am impatiently waiting for the "Beam Me Up, Scotty" form of transportation so that I might easily have coffee [...]

Wednesday Wisdom

April 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|

"Writing is a process, a journey into memory and the soul." —Isabel Allende

Friend Friday

April 12th, 2019|books, history, women, writing, Young Adult|

It's so lovely to be able to host the warm and generous Maureen McQuerry today. Once upon a time, when [...]

Wednesday Wisdom

April 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

“A word after a word after a word is power.” —Margaret Atwood

Friend Friday

April 5th, 2019|books, history, inspiration, picture books, research|

Why is it that some people -- like me -- merely open that package of ramen and add hot water [...]

Friend Friday

March 29th, 2019|animals, books, reading|

Cindy Lord is one of my Silver Sisters (along with Jennifer Holm). The three of us shared Newbery Honor awards [...]

Friend Friday

March 22nd, 2019|books, friends, picture books, writing|

I am so pleased Jenn Bailey took time out of her busy book launch schedule to visit with us here [...]

Friend Friday

March 16th, 2019|animals, books, illustration, picture books, research|

Who doesn't love old favorites dressed up in fresh new ways? No one! That's why it's such a treat to [...]

Friend Friday

March 8th, 2019|books, history, picture books, women|

What a treat it is to host Lori Mortensen today, in celebration of her latest picture book, Away with Words: [...]

Friend Friday

March 1st, 2019|Creativity, inspiration, midde grade, writing|

Hope. What a sweet and delicious concept. Frankly in the past two years, I've needed more than a drop of [...]

Friend Friday

February 23rd, 2019|books, inspiration, midde grade, writing|

I was thrilled when Donna Gephart agreed to share a bit of the process of writing her newest book, In [...]

Friend Friday

February 15th, 2019|books, history, research, writing|

I have huge admiration for fellow Washington writer Mary Cronk Farrell. She always seems to find topics that have been [...]

Friend Friday

February 8th, 2019|books, Creativity, illustration, inspiration, picture books|

I am "quackers" about today's guest, Liz Wong, and her work. As a volunteer in my granddaughter's school library, I've [...]

Friend Friday

February 1st, 2019|books, Creativity, inspiration, writing|

Boy oh boy, do I feel blessed to count Gennifer Choldenko as a friend. Yes, she's an amazing writer; not [...]

Friend Friday

January 25th, 2019|books, history, reading, research, writing|

In her essay below, my friend Martha Brockenbrough describes her editor, Jean Feiwel, as "fierce." This is the exact word [...]

Friend Friday

January 18th, 2019|inspiration, research, writing|

I first met Michael Spradlin some years back at a wonderful Author Festival in Warrensburg, Missouri, sponsored by the University [...]

Friend Friday

January 11th, 2019|books, friends, Giveaway, reading, writing|

Erica Perl and I bonded over yogurt. Passionfruit, to be precise. Evidently yogurt is quite the predictor of whether two [...]

Friend Friday

December 28th, 2018|books, friends, memories, reading, writing|

Behind Dan Richards' mild mannered appearance lurks a superhero; or at least, he was dressed in a superhero costume one [...]

Friend Friday

December 21st, 2018|family, friends, writing|

Given the title of her book, it seems quite appropriate that Yamile Saied Mendez and I met in Vermont when [...]

Friend Friday

December 14th, 2018|family, inspiration, writing, Young Adult|

This summer, at the International Literacy Association conference, I had the privilege of hearing Jane O'Reilly accept an award for [...]