Friend Friday

July 3rd, 2020|books, history, inspiration, research, women, writing|

A key characteristic of a successful writer is perseverance. Kristin L. Gray might win the prize in that department! As [...]

Friend Friday

June 26th, 2020|books, Creativity, inspiration, research, writing|

There are not many Friend Friday guests with whom I have wrestled a scorpion, but Sara Fujimura is among that [...]

Friend Friday

June 19th, 2020|books, inspiration, picture books, women, writing|

What fascinating women Laurie Wallmark has chosen as subjects of her picture book biographies: Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, Hedy Lamarr. [...]

Friend Friday

June 12th, 2020|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books, reading, writing|

Mr. Rogers advised looking for the helpers in troubled times; clearly, Faith Pray is one of those helpers. Her words [...]

Friend Friday

June 5th, 2020|books, history, women, writing|

What a genuine honor and pleasure it is to count Laurie Ann Thompson as a friend and to celebrate her [...]

Friend Friday

May 29th, 2020|animals, books, illustration, inspiration, writing|

Today's post is about gifts: faithful dogs and faithful friends who walk beside us when we are hurting. Julie Paschkis [...]

Friend Friday

May 22nd, 2020|books, inspiration, women, writing|

I sure wish I'd had Kate O'Shaughnessy's debut novel when I was a kid because I would've loved to read [...]

Friend Friday

May 15th, 2020|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books|

What a treat to host Robert Pizzo today in celebration of his newest books, Let's Fix Up the House and [...]

Friend Friday

May 8th, 2020|books, family, friends, inspiration, Uncategorized, writing|

What fun it is to host my lovely friend Jennifer K. Man today in celebration of her newest picture book, [...]

Friend Friday

May 1st, 2020|books, inspiration, reading, writing|

I am one lucky pup to count Leslie Connor among my friends. I so wish Leslie and I lived nearer [...]

Friend Friday

April 24th, 2020|books, inspiration, reading, women, writing|

If a heart had fingerprints, you would find evidence of Kim Baker's huge one all over her newest book. (spoiler [...]

Friend Friday

April 17th, 2020|books, history, illustration, picture books, women, writing|

On her blog, Beth Anderson describes writing as "mining" -- from digging deep to find little-told stories to digging deep [...]

Friend Friday

April 10th, 2020|books, illustration, picture books, writing|

Just looking at Amalia Hoffman's author photo lifts my spirits! I think we are all hungry for the bright and [...]

Friend Friday

April 3rd, 2020|books, illustration, picture books, reading, writing|

Kjersten Hayes is the kind of person you can count on for a smile or a sunny perspective on a [...]

Friend Friday

March 27th, 2020|books, midde grade, women|

When I think of kind and caring, I think of writer Barbara Dee. She cares so much about her kid [...]

Friend Friday

March 20th, 2020|books, history, research, writing|

Every week, I so enjoy hosting book creator friends in celebration of their work. But my heart does a little [...]

Friend Friday

March 13th, 2020|animals, books, family, illustration, inspiration, picture books, writing|

I first met featured illustrator Kaelen Felix when she was a preteen. I was presenting at a children’s literature festival [...]

Friend Friday

March 6th, 2020|animals, books, fantasy, inspiration, writing|

What a sincere pleasure and honor it is to host Clare Meeker today. Clare and I have both been at [...]

Friend Friday

February 28th, 2020|books, Creativity, inspiration, writing|

I can't remember when I first attended the Humboldt County Author's Festival, held every other year in Eureka, California but [...]

Friend Friday

February 21st, 2020|books, Creativity, illustration, inspiration, picture books|

What a treat to host the talented Lori Mortensen today in celebration of her latest book, Nonsense: The Curious Story [...]