Friend Friday

February 11th, 2022|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books, Uncategorized, women, writing|

Dear readers of my blog: As most of you know, after many, many years of running this feature, today is [...]

Friend Friday

January 28th, 2022|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, reading, research, women, writing|

I so appreciate Margo Sorenson's insights below, about the need to take a story from "oatmeal" to something special and [...]

Friend Friday

January 21st, 2022|animals, books, Giveaway, inspiration, reading, Uncategorized, women, writing|

I am so pleased to host Kristin O'Donnell Tubb today in celebration of her newest novel, Luna Howls at the [...]

Friend Friday

January 14th, 2022|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books, reading, Uncategorized, writing|

While I do not have an origami box for moving multiple minuscule creatures, I am famous for not killing spiders. [...]

Friend Friday

January 7th, 2022|books, inspiration, reading, Uncategorized, women, writing|

Beth Bacon is one of the hardest working writers I know. One who is not dismayed if the road to [...]

Friend Friday

December 17th, 2021|books, fantasy, inspiration, midde grade, Uncategorized, women, writing|

Oh my goodness: I love Dana Middleton's post today and its reminder that stories do indeed chose us! I'm sure [...]

Friend Friday

December 10th, 2021|books, fantasy, inspiration, midde grade, women, writing|

Susan McCormick should probably buy a lottery ticket. Or perhaps a hundred. When she set out to write a medical [...]

Friend Friday

December 3rd, 2021|books, Creativity, inspiration, Uncategorized|

My memory of meeting Jennifer Richard Jacobson involves nearly throwing myself at her in the exhibit hall at an ALA [...]

Friend Friday

November 26th, 2021|animals, books, environment, illustration, inspiration, picture books, research, Uncategorized, women, writing|

I always enjoy hearing the story behind the story and Vicki Conrad's story behind her newest picture book biography is [...]

Friend Friday

November 19th, 2021|illustration, inspiration, picture books, research, Uncategorized, writing|

Today's guest is my first ever international friend! Paddy Donnelly lives and works in Belgium though his Irish roots certainly [...]

Friend Friday

November 12th, 2021|books, reading, research, Uncategorized, women, writing|

I had the great fortune to "meet" Jamie Hogan through the Institute of Children's Literature, when I was an instructor [...]

Friend Friday

November 5th, 2021|books, Uncategorized, women, writing|

In 2013, I went to a literary arts festival in Portland and ended up with a new friend: Susan Hill [...]

Friend Friday

October 29th, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, research, women, writing|

As much as I love celebrating my friends' work for Friend Friday, it is an especial delight to celebrate a [...]

Friend Friday

October 22nd, 2021|books, history, inspiration, research, women, writing|

I will confess, upon reading Amy Butler Greenfield's essay below, my stomach lurched. Give up a project that was "one [...]

Friend Friday

October 15th, 2021|books, friends, history, illustration, inspiration, Love, writing|

As someone who also does a daunting amount of research for my books, I completely relate to Rob Sanders' experiences, [...]

Friend Friday

October 8th, 2021|books, history, illustration, picture books, writing|

On her website, Beth Anderson describes writing as mining -- "digging deep for memories, emotion, and meaning." Her essay below [...]

Friend Friday

October 1st, 2021|books, Creativity, humor, illustration, inspiration, picture books, writing|

What a way to kick off a new month: a joint Friend Friday post from two gifted creatives, Liz Garton [...]

Friend Friday

September 24th, 2021|books, friends, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, research, women, writing|

One of my passions is to tell little-known stories of the past; clearly Shari Becker and Louisa Jaggar share that [...]

Friend Friday

September 17th, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, reading, writing|

What a pleasure to celebrate author/illustrator Don Tate today! The experiences he shares below remind me a bit of the [...]

Friend Friday

September 10th, 2021|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books, reading, women, writing|

I so appreciate Suzanne Kaufman for many reasons, two of which are her perseverance with getting this post to me [...]