Friend Friday

December 21st, 2018|family, friends, writing|

Given the title of her book, it seems quite appropriate that Yamile Saied Mendez and I met in Vermont when the weather hovered around 14 degrees. Despite the chill, Yamile [...]

Friend Friday

December 7th, 2018|friends, humor, illustration, inspiration, Uncategorized|

It is a sheer delight to host a longtime friend, Kaelen Felix, today, along with Allistar Banks, the author of the book Kaelen illustrated. I "met" Kaelen through email years [...]

Friend Friday

July 27th, 2018|books, friends, writing|

Emily Whitman is in the house! We both had sand between our toes the first time we met, at a now-defunct writing retreat at Cannon Beach, Oregon. Then, that retreat [...]

Friend Friday

November 17th, 2017|friends, writing|

It's such a pleasure to host Nancy J. Cavanaugh today; as she shares in her post, we were first cyber friends and then, one day, I was doing a book [...]

Friend Friday

October 27th, 2017|friends, writing|

Holly Niner and I met at the Kentucky Book Festival eons ago. We immediately bonded (I even conned her into staying over an extra night) and have rooted for each [...]

School Visits!

January 22nd, 2017|friends, gratitude|

I have spent three days this week in the amazing CyFair school district, and will spend five more days next week. I am so grateful for the warm welcome and [...]

Friend Friday

December 23rd, 2016|friends, gratitude|

(For most of this month, I have been celebrating readers, rather than writers. Enjoy this little diversion and then stop back on December 30 for an inspirational post from the [...]

Friend Friday

October 21st, 2016|friends, writing|

I am so very lucky to count among my friends some of the most talented, generous and kind people in the kidlit world. In the past month or so, I [...]

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 a tiny bit sassy. And she tells a very good [...]

Throwback Thursday

April 30th, 2015|books, friends|

This isn't too far back, but I am so grateful to these women: Susan Hill Long, Barbara O'Connor and Augusta Scattergood. I invited them to Shangri-Lar just last year for [...]