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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Throwback Thursday

August 25th, 2016|history, writing|

This will be my last throwback to 1910 (at least for awhile; the sequel is due out in January 2017). [...]

Wednesday Wisdom

August 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Chance is the first step you take. Luck is what comes afterward. Amy Tan

Friend Friday

August 19th, 2016|friends, inspiration|

I am so grateful to count Augusta Scattergood as a friend! She's well-read (she reviews for the Christian Science Monitor), smart and [...]

Throwback Thursday

August 18th, 2016|history, women|

Audacity was 11 in 1910. But had she been 21, she still wouldn't have been able to vote for President Taft, or [...]

Wednesday Wisdom

August 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Read widely and without apology. Read what you want to read and not what someone tells you you should read. [...]

Friend Friday

August 12th, 2016|family, writing|

I met today's guest, Michele Bacon, at the spring Inside Story at University Bookstore, Bellevue. (For you local folks, find [...]

Throwback Thursday

August 11th, 2016|history|

It was horrifying to Audacity Jones (and no doubt to you!) that President Taft's favorite soup was Terrapin Soup, aka [...]

Wednesday Wisdom

August 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Try to be the rainbow in someone's cloud. Maya Angelou