Friend Friday

November 30th, 2018|family, gratitude, inspiration, midde grade, Uncategorized, writing|

Katherine Marsh holds a dear spot in my heart for saying something incredibly encouraging to me, just at the time I truly needed to hear it. That she is generous [...]

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 [...]

A Dream Come True

November 6th, 2017|gratitude, history|

In 2011, one of the books I am proudest of writing, The Friendship Doll, was published (Delacorte). I wish I could say the readers of kidlit loved it as much [...]

Friend Friday

April 7th, 2017|gratitude, inspiration|

I had such a blast when Michelle Dunphy interviewed me for her now-on-hiatus podcast, Authors are ROCKSTARS! She recently got in touch about something new she's doing and I asked [...]

Friend Friday. . on a Tuesday!

April 4th, 2017|gratitude, inspiration|

I have long admired Deborah Hopkinson's writing and if you have ever heard her speak, she does an amazing job of giving the story behind the story of her books. [...]

Happy Book Birthday to Me!

January 31st, 2017|gratitude, history|

Get out your party hats and horns! Today is the book birthday of the second of the Audacity Jones' books: Audacity Jones Steals The Show (Scholastic). In her first adventure (Audacity Jones [...]

Friend Friday

January 27th, 2017|gratitude, inspiration, Uncategorized|

Nanci Turner Steveson is a repeat Friend Friday essayist. Her new book, Georgia Rules (Harper Collins) is not out for a few more months (don't worry; I'll remind you closer [...]

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

December 9th, 2016|gratitude, inspiration|

This regular blog feature is celebrating readers, instead of writers, most of this month (check back on December 30 for an amazing post from Nikki Grimes)! I hope you read [...]