Friend Friday

October 24th, 2018|books, Creativity, Giveaway, inspiration, picture books|

Suzanne has the warmest smile and biggest heart and it is an honor to know her. Her newest book, All Are Welcome, (Penguin Random House) is illustrated by Suzanne, with [...]

Friend Friday

October 12th, 2018|books, environment, inspiration, reading, writing|

Though I love to read nonfiction, I am almost more fascinated by why its writers choose the topics that they choose. That is why I am especially grateful that Loree [...]

Friend Friday

October 6th, 2018|animals, books, illustration, reading|

What a treat it is to host a fellow dog-lover! I think I may have met Wendy Wahman through her delightful, Don't Lick the Dog, before I actually met her, [...]

Friend Friday

September 28th, 2018|books, family, inspiration, reading, women, writing|

I had the pleasure of being with Diana Noble at a conference recently. We hit it right off and she didn't mind my asking a favor at our very first [...]

Friend Friday

September 21st, 2018|books, Creativity, inspiration, midde grade|

I had the lovely fortune to be seated next to Kevin Scott at the Inside Story, sponsored by SCBWI Western Washington, hosted by The Neverending Bookshop, at the Bellevue (WA) Public [...]

Friend Friday

September 14th, 2018|books, inspiration, reading, writing|

Even though I'd hardly known Diana Lopez for five minutes, when I asked her to be a Friend Friday guest, she immediately said yes! It was at a Scholastic event [...]

Friend Friday

August 31st, 2018|books, reading, writing|

When I count my blessings, I count among them wonderful creators for kidlit who -- no matter how famous and busy and award-winning-- graciously agree to be one of my [...]

Friend Friday

August 24th, 2018|books, Creativity, Giveaway, reading, writing|

I met Barb Kerley through my writing partner, Mary Nethery. The two of them were in a critique group together and when I had the opportunity to attend the Humboldt [...]

Friend Friday

August 17th, 2018|books, Creativity, humor, reading|

I met the incredibly energetic Beth Bacon through the Vermont MFA program, even though she and I are practically neighbors here in the northwest. Beth gave a reading from a [...]

Friend Friday

August 7th, 2018|books, reading, women, writing|

I never tire of hearing stories of book creators' road to publication. Amy O'Quinn has a great one to tell about her experience, one which began by asking a simple [...]