Friend Friday

January 22nd, 2021|books, history, inspiration, research, writing|

It is my huge honor and delight to host Newbery Honor award winner, Margi Preus (Heart of a Samurai). Margi and I clearly share a passion for historical fiction, and [...]

Friend Friday

January 8th, 2021|books, history, inspiration, writing|

Not many of my Friend Friday guests have run away to join the circus, but Lisa Robinson has! Well, perhaps she didn't exactly run away, but click here to be [...]

Friend Friday

December 11th, 2020|books, history, inspiration, women, writing|

I'm grateful to recent Friend Friday guest, Margo Sorenson, for introducing me to Bonnie Graves, fellow historical fiction lover. As Bonnie shares below, historical fiction gives us great tools for [...]

Friend Friday

August 7th, 2020|books, history, inspiration, research, women, writing|

I believe this is the first time I've ever hosted a costumed friend for Friend Friday; maybe we can start a trend? Nancy B. Kennedy's outfit not only evokes the [...]

Friend Friday

July 31st, 2020|books, history, illustration, picture books, writing|

I so appreciate that complete strangers will allow me to count them as friends! Often, I see a mention of a new book and I boldly contact the author, asking [...]

Friend Friday

July 10th, 2020|books, history, inspiration, research, writing|

Trudi Trueit does something so important with her Explorer Academy series. She certainly tells a good story, highlights fascinating discoveries and people and brings far-away places to our very own [...]

Friend Friday

July 3rd, 2020|books, history, inspiration, research, women, writing|

A key characteristic of a successful writer is perseverance. Kristin L. Gray might win the prize in that department! As you will discover below, she did not quit when a [...]

Friend Friday

June 5th, 2020|books, history, women, writing|

What a genuine honor and pleasure it is to count Laurie Ann Thompson as a friend and to celebrate her newest book, Elizabeth Warren's Big, Bold Plans, illustrated by Susanna [...]

Friend Friday

April 17th, 2020|books, history, illustration, picture books, women, writing|

On her blog, Beth Anderson describes writing as "mining" -- from digging deep to find little-told stories to digging deep to find the heart of a story once she's ready [...]

Friend Friday

March 20th, 2020|books, history, research, writing|

Every week, I so enjoy hosting book creator friends in celebration of their work. But my heart does a little extra happy skip when the book in the spotlight is [...]