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 [...]

Friend Friday

December 29th, 2017|Creativity, writing|

The kind-hearted and patient Sarah Aronson is my guest today. "Kind-hearted" is evident if you've spent five minutes with her [...]

Friend Friday

December 22nd, 2017|environment, illustration|

I "met" Jamie Hogan through a (then) correspondence course through the Institute of Children's Literature. I was technically her instructor, [...]

Another Slim Christmas

December 19th, 2017|family, Uncategorized|

  David Neil Miltenberger One month ago today, my dad slipped away for his tee time in heaven, [...]

Friend Friday

December 15th, 2017|history, writing|

Not only am I delighted to shine the spotlight on Jeannie Mobley's new book, I am insanely jealous of its [...]

Friend Friday

December 8th, 2017|animals, poetry|

What a treat it is today to host not one but two wonderful writing friends! The dynamic duo of Sylvia [...]

Friend Friday

December 1st, 2017|animals, writing|

To say I am grateful to count Brenda Guiberson as a friend is an understatement. Brenda has been a mentor [...]

Friend Friday

November 24th, 2017|writing, Young Adult|

Today's guest is a friend by association: Janet McLaughlin is pals with my dear friend, Augusta Scattergood and when Augusta [...]

Friend Friday

November 17th, 2017|friends, writing|

It's such a pleasure to host Nancy J. Cavanaugh today; as she shares in her post, we were first cyber [...]

Monday Musings

November 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|

I had such a lovely time in the CyFair school district this past week. The students were prepared and engaged, [...]

Friend Friday

November 10th, 2017|animals, writing|

"Friend" doesn't even begin to describe the dear Ann Whitford Paul. She opened her heart (and home!) to a newbie [...]

A Dream Come True

November 6th, 2017|gratitude, history|

In 2011, one of the books I am proudest of writing, The Friendship Doll, was published (Delacorte). I wish I [...]

Friend Friday

November 3rd, 2017|animals, writing|

Today's guest, Kim Griswell, and I share a six-degrees of separation kind of thing. Though we've never met, she was [...]

Friend Friday

October 27th, 2017|friends, writing|

Holly Niner and I met at the Kentucky Book Festival eons ago. We immediately bonded (I even conned her into [...]