Friend Friday

August 20th, 2021|history, inspiration, research, women, writing|

I first "met" Sarah Miller through her fabulous Miss Spitfire; Voya says "Miller brings history to life," and that is [...]

Friend Friday

August 13th, 2021|books, Creativity, illustration, museums, picture books, women|

Sometimes you just got to go for it! And that's what I did when I summoned my courage to email [...]

Friend Friday

August 6th, 2021|books, Creativity, family, inspiration, research, women, writing|

I first met Michaela MacColl through her writing; I believe it was Always Emily. I have since had the pleasure [...]

Friend Friday

July 30th, 2021|Creativity, inspiration, women, writing|

I love Aimée Bisonette's essay below because it taps on something creatives worry about incessantly: am I doing it right? [...]

Friend Friday

July 23rd, 2021|books, fantasy, inspiration, women, writing|

I am full of emotion as I write this introduction. First: my heart brims with joy to be hosting Cynthia [...]

Friend Friday

July 16th, 2021|animals, books, illustration, inspiration, women, writing|

Oh, I wish I had known Carolyn Crimi's secret when I read her delightful novel, Second-Hand Dogs (Balzer+Bray); it would [...]

Friend Friday

July 9th, 2021|books, Creativity, inspiration, women, writing|

It takes tremendous courage to face the blank page. I am not quite certain, however, what it's called to willingly [...]

Friend Friday

July 2nd, 2021|history, inspiration, women, writing|

I discovered Eden Royce's Root Magic (HarperCollins Publishers) through a cover reveal on a favorite blog, the Nerdy Book Club. [...]

Friend Friday

June 25th, 2021|books, illustration, picture books, women, writing|

I regret that Hannah Hall is (as of yet) only a cyber-friend as I know she and I would be [...]

Friend Friday

June 18th, 2021|books, inspiration, women, writing|

To my knowledge today's guest is the first Hall of Famer I've ever hosted! In 2015, Ellen Hopkins was inducted [...]

Friend Friday

June 11th, 2021|books, inspiration, women, writing|

Dear Linda Urban: You know I've been a huge fan of your work even before your first published novel, having [...]

Friend Friday

June 4th, 2021|books, illustration, picture books, research, women, writing|

I am so pleased that Danielle Joseph took time to visit with us today to share a bit of the [...]

Friend Friday

May 28th, 2021|books, Creativity, inspiration, women, writing|

I still remember my first experience reading When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt. I'm pretty sure [...]

Friend Friday

May 21st, 2021|animals, books, fantasy, inspiration, women, writing|

I adore Irene Latham and not just because she included a poem inspired by Hattie Big Sky in her collaboration [...]

Friend Friday

May 14th, 2021|books, inspiration, midde grade, women, writing|

I first "met" Anne Nesbet through the wonderful historical novel, Cloud and Wallfish, becoming a fast fan of her work. [...]

Friend Friday

May 7th, 2021|animals, history, illustration, picture books, women, writing|

It is so much fun to celebrate my fellow book creators and especially so when they're practically neighbors. Kerri Kokias' [...]

Friend Friday

April 30th, 2021|books, environment, inspiration, picture books, women, writing|

While I love supporting all of my book creator friends, it's always particularly wonderful when those friends, like Ellie Peterson, [...]

Friend Friday

April 23rd, 2021|books, history, inspiration, Uncategorized, women, writing|

Little did I know that, when my then-sixth-grade daughter introduced me to Karen Cushman’s Catherine, Called Birdy, my path would intertwine [...]

Friend Friday

April 16th, 2021|books, history, inspiration, women, writing|

I belong to a middle grade book club and last winter, when it was my turn to select a book, [...]

Friend Friday

April 9th, 2021|history, inspiration, writing|

It's difficult to think of someone enthused about life and the writing process than Erin Soderberg Downing. I can see [...]