Friend Friday

November 27th, 2020|books, inspiration, women, writing|

We do get by with a little help from our friends! I am so grateful to Lesa Cline-Ransome for connecting [...]

Friend Friday

November 20th, 2020|books, illustration, picture books, women, writing|

I love it when my friends help me make new friends! Thank you Dana Sullivan for connecting me with Susan [...]

Friend Friday

November 13th, 2020|books, inspiration, women, writing|

If memory serves (and there's no guarantee of that these days!) I first had the pleasure of meeting the effervescent [...]

Friend Friday

November 6th, 2020|books, friends, memories, women, writing|

Cameron Kelly Rosenblum drew a tough Friend Friday slot: just a few days after an unsettled (and unsettling) election. But [...]

Friend Friday

October 30th, 2020|books, fantasy, illustration, picture books, reading, women, writing|

My sweet friend Helen Ketteman and I have known each other longer than dirt's been around. In our early writing [...]

Friend Friday

October 23rd, 2020|books, inspiration, women, writing|

These past few months have forced me to slow down. To think things through. To practice letting go. (I was [...]

Friend Friday

October 16th, 2020|animals, books, illustration, picture books, women|

What a joy to make the acquaintance of Jennifer Ward, a fellow bird lover. As a complete amateur, I am [...]

Friend Friday

October 9th, 2020|books, Creativity, inspiration, women, writing|

I clearly remember meeting Jennifer Jacobson on a crowded exhibition hall floor during a conference. I think we literally bumped [...]

Friend Friday

October 2nd, 2020|books, family, illustration, inspiration, writing|

A few years back, I was chatting with Varian Johnson after a long day of conference presentations. He was debating [...]

Friend Friday

September 25th, 2020|books, family, illustration, inspiration, poetry, writing|

Three squeezes are woven into the fabric of the Larson family household. From the time my kids were itsy, they [...]

Friend Friday

September 18th, 2020|books, Creativity, humor, inspiration, picture books, writing|

What a treat it is to be part of Josh Funk's Short & Sweet/Long & Savory blog tour! In fact, [...]

Friend Friday

September 11th, 2020|books, illustration, picture books, reading, women, writing|

Who offers a complete stranger a ride from the Detroit airport to nErDCamp? Anica Mrose Rissi, that's who. She's so [...]

Friend Friday

September 4th, 2020|books, inspiration, women, writing|

So often the first advice given to writers is "Write what you know." Fleur Bradley has a different take on [...]

Friend Friday

August 28th, 2020|animals, books, inspiration, research, writing|

I first "met" Gennifer Choldenko through her wonderful middle grade novel Notes From a Liar and Her Dog many years [...]

Friend Friday

August 21st, 2020|books, inspiration, women, writing|

First time author Rachel Trusty zeroes in on a life principle that she and her main character share in common [...]

Friend Friday

August 14th, 2020|books, Creativity, inspiration, women, writing|

What a pleasure it is to once again host Jo Watson Hackl for Friend Friday. Jo is not only a [...]

Friend Friday

August 7th, 2020|books, history, inspiration, research, women, writing|

I believe this is the first time I've ever hosted a costumed friend for Friend Friday; maybe we can start [...]

Friend Friday

July 31st, 2020|books, history, illustration, picture books, writing|

I so appreciate that complete strangers will allow me to count them as friends! Often, I see a mention of [...]

Friend Friday

July 24th, 2020|animals, books, inspiration, research, writing|

There are so many things I love about Amanda Abler's essay below, but I think my favorite part has to [...]

Friend Friday

July 17th, 2020|books, inspiration, reading, women, writing|

Today's guests are supreme examples of writers who have built long, successful careers through hard work and innovation. Joan Holub [...]