Friend Friday

October 29th, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, research, women, writing|

As much as I love celebrating my friends' work for Friend Friday, it is an especial delight to celebrate a debut book. And it is a delight to be reminded [...]

Friend Friday

October 22nd, 2021|books, history, inspiration, research, women, writing|

I will confess, upon reading Amy Butler Greenfield's essay below, my stomach lurched. Give up a project that was "one small revision" away from a sale? Whoa. Yes, Amy's story [...]

Friend Friday

October 15th, 2021|books, friends, history, illustration, inspiration, Love, writing|

As someone who also does a daunting amount of research for my books, I completely relate to Rob Sanders' experiences, shared below. Not only do we writers need to answer [...]

Friend Friday

October 8th, 2021|books, history, illustration, picture books, writing|

On her website, Beth Anderson describes writing as mining -- "digging deep for memories, emotion, and meaning." Her essay below about creating her latest picture book feels like a miner's [...]

Friend Friday

September 24th, 2021|books, friends, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, research, women, writing|

One of my passions is to tell little-known stories of the past; clearly Shari Becker and Louisa Jaggar share that passion. They went to incredible lengths to tell the story [...]

Friend Friday

September 17th, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, reading, writing|

What a pleasure to celebrate author/illustrator Don Tate today! The experiences he shares below remind me a bit of the cruel experiments that inspired Gennifer Choldenko's Orphan Eleven, where kids [...]

Friend Friday

September 3rd, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, research, women, writing|

Laurie Wallmark poses an intriguing question in today's essay. I wonder how other book creators might answer it? While I wouldn't describe my passion for historical fiction a rut, I've [...]

Friend Friday

August 20th, 2021|history, inspiration, research, women, writing|

I first "met" Sarah Miller through her fabulous Miss Spitfire; Voya says "Miller brings history to life," and that is no exaggeration. Her work always adds something fresh, especially to [...]

Friend Friday

July 2nd, 2021|history, inspiration, women, writing|

I discovered Eden Royce's Root Magic (HarperCollins Publishers) through a cover reveal on a favorite blog, the Nerdy Book Club. The cover was evocative, as was the book's description, which [...]

Friend Friday

May 7th, 2021|animals, history, illustration, picture books, women, writing|

It is so much fun to celebrate my fellow book creators and especially so when they're practically neighbors. Kerri Kokias' story-behind-the-story of Clever Hans is proof positive that writing for [...]