Friend Friday

July 13th, 2018|environment, inspiration, research, writing|

Jo Hackl was born and raised in Mississippi, now lives in South Carolina and is the embodiment of southern hospitality. [...]

Friend Friday

July 6th, 2018|books, reading, writing, Young Adult|

Melissa Ostrom   I discovered romance in a nursing home. The Warner Home, the facility was called. I [...]

Friend Friday

July 1st, 2018|books, history, inspiration, reading, writing|

My darling friend and Butterfly Sister Augusta Scattergood (Making Friends with Billy Wong) suggested I ask her friend Rob Sanders [...]

Friend Friday

June 22nd, 2018|history, Uncategorized, Young Adult|

I met Miriam McNamara when I was a visiting faculty member to the Vermont Master of Fine Arts. Her energy [...]

Friend Friday

June 15th, 2018|books, history, inspiration, reading, writing|

Today's Friend Friday guest, Frances Wood, and I bonded over birds. I am an amateur (VERY!) birdwatcher and, after meeting [...]

Friend Friday

June 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I'm a huge fan of Shannon Hitchcock's work so when our mutual friend, Augusta Scattergood, suggested I invite Shannon to [...]

Friend Friday

June 1st, 2018|history, inspiration, writing|

It was Dave Patneaude's son who introduced us, eons ago. I'd been a judge for the PTA Reflections contest and [...]

Friend Friday

May 25th, 2018|Giveaway, history, inspiration, reading, Uncategorized, writing|

I doubt there is a book creator in the Greater Puget Sound area (and likely beyond!) who hasn't been touched [...]

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 [...]