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 Leitich Smith in celebration of her latest middle grade novel, [...]

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 with Charles Waters, Dictionary for a Better World, illustrated by [...]

Friend Friday

October 30th, 2020|books, fantasy, illustration, picture books, reading, women, writing|

My sweet friend Helen Ketteman and I have known each other longer than dirt's been around. In our early writing careers, we were part of a magical group called The [...]

Friend Friday

March 6th, 2020|animals, books, fantasy, inspiration, writing|

What a sincere pleasure and honor it is to host Clare Meeker today. Clare and I have both been at this writing business for a long, long time (back to [...]

Friend Friday

February 2nd, 2018|fantasy, history|

Today's guest is a friend from the (sadly) now-defunct Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA program. I was the first faculty member in the children's literature arm of the program [...]