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 one another at the now-defunct Whidbey Island Writers Conference, Frances [...]

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 have both spent time telling home front WWII stories.  After [...]

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 when a complete stranger (me!) reaches out to them to [...]

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 fact that she likes Twizzlers (this red licorice fan shudders [...]

Friend Friday

April 20th, 2018|books, Giveaway, history, reading, Uncategorized, writing|

                  I had no idea that Duke would launch a series. It turns out if you put a dog in a book, [...]

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 have certainly been enriched by her change of address! In [...]

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 full of energy and humor, as is Erin! (Do go [...]

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, an avid literacy advocate, gathered together more than forty beloved, [...]

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 back. Though we'd just met, I cheered loudly for her [...]

Friend Friday

February 23rd, 2018|books, history|

I’ve been friends with Larry Dane Brimner since *cough cough.* We first met at the Humboldt County Author’s Festival and since that meeting, I have always admired his work ethic, [...]