Friend Friday

May 17th, 2019|books, Creativity, inspiration, picture books, reading, writing|

When it comes to friends, it's hard to think of a dearer one than Ann Whitford Paul. Ann is the reason I am a writer and how lucky I am [...]

Friend Friday

March 1st, 2019|Creativity, inspiration, midde grade, writing|

Hope. What a sweet and delicious concept. Frankly in the past two years, I've needed more than a drop of it. So when I was invited to read Keith Calabrese's [...]

Friend Friday

February 8th, 2019|books, Creativity, illustration, inspiration, picture books|

I am "quackers" about today's guest, Liz Wong, and her work. As a volunteer in my granddaughter's school library, I've noticed that Liz's first picture book (Quackers/Knopf) is one that [...]

Friend Friday

February 1st, 2019|books, Creativity, inspiration, writing|

Boy oh boy, do I feel blessed to count Gennifer Choldenko as a friend. Yes, she's an amazing writer; not only prolific, but she creates such a wide variety of [...]

Friend Friday

November 9th, 2018|books, Creativity, inspiration, writing|

In July, I was honored to present at the International Literacy Association conference and even more honored to find myself signing books at a table next to Adib Khorram. Though [...]

Friend Friday

November 2nd, 2018|books, Creativity, inspiration, picture books|

I reconnected with Carolyn Dee Flores at the International Literacy Association conference this past summer. She was bubbling with excitement over her forthcoming book, The Amazing Watercolor Fish (Arte Publico/Pinata [...]

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

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 7th, 2018|Creativity, inspiration, midde grade, Uncategorized, writing|

Boy, howdy, am I excited about today's Friend Friday. About twelve million years ago, I wrote a fan letter to an author whose work I truly admired. And she wrote [...]

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 [...]