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Friend Friday

October 21st, 2016|friends, writing|

I am so very lucky to count among my friends some of the most talented, generous and kind people in [...]

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Friend Friday

October 14th, 2016|inspiration, writing|

It is such an honor for me to host Sharon Mentyka. I first met Sharon through the (sadly now-defunct) Whidbey [...]

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Book Birthday!

October 11th, 2016|books, gratitude|

Today is the book birthday for Liberty -- hooray! Writing Liberty was like wrassling alligators in a vat of gumbo. My [...]

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Friend Friday

October 7th, 2016|women, writing|

Though I have yet to meet Alexandra Diaz in person, she is in a critique group with my dear, dear [...]

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Throwback Thursday

October 6th, 2016|history, inspiration|

My newest book, Liberty (it publishes in a few short days, on October 11), is set in New Orleans during [...]

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Friend Friday

September 30th, 2016|inspiration, writing|

I first met Uma Krishnaswami via email, when, as then faculty chair, she invited me to be a guest lecturer [...]

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Throwback Thursday

September 29th, 2016|history, writing|

On one of my trips to New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina, I stumbled on an art collective displaying the work [...]

Wednesday Wisdom

September 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. Anais Nin

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Friend Friday

September 23rd, 2016|inspiration, writing|

Please welcome Sarah Darer Littman, author of multiple YA novels, including the Sydney Taylor Book Award winner, Confessions of a Closet [...]

Throwback Thursday

September 22nd, 2016|history, inspiration|

The newest book in the WWII Dog series that I'm writing for Scholastic is Liberty (due out October 11) , which [...]

Wednesday Wisdom

September 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|

Believe there is a great power silently working for all things good, behave yourself and never mind the rest. Beatrix [...]

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Throwback Thursday

September 15th, 2016|animals, history|

I may look sweet and innocent but I have an evil plan: I want to turn kids into ravenous readers of [...]

Wednesday Wisdom

September 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Hard times always lead to something great. Betsey Johnson

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Friend Friday

September 9th, 2016|Creativity, history|

Though Erin Hagar and I have never met, I know we would be fast friends over our shared love of [...]

Wednesday Wisdom

September 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|

One of the oldest and most generous tricks that the universe plays on human beings is to bury strange jewels [...]

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Friend Friday

September 2nd, 2016|inspiration, writing|

Fingers crossed, I hope I get to meet today's Friend Friday friend, Monika Schroeder, early next year when I wend [...]

Wednesday Wisdom

August 31st, 2016|Uncategorized|

The sooner you learn that it's on you to make life interesting, the better off you'll be. Maria Semple

Book Birthdays and Giveaways, Oh My!

August 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Two special Butterfly Sister book birthdays today: Barbara O'Connor's WISH and Augusta Scattergood's MAKING FRIENDS WITH BILLY WONG. My third Butterfly Sister, Susan Hill [...]

Monday Musings

August 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|

I've been out of touch for a very good reason: Ryan Evelyn Larson was born (a smidge early) on August [...]

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Friend Friday

August 26th, 2016|Creativity, inspiration|

If you ever hesitate about writing an author a fan letter, don't. That's how my friendship with the inimitable Barbara [...]