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

September 1st, 2017|history, writing|

Though Teresa Funke and I have never met, a mutual friend cyber-introduced us because of our mutual passion for historical fiction. In addition to being a writer, Teresa is a [...]

Friend Friday

May 26th, 2017|history, writing|

I have so many book creator friends, including the brave, resilient and funny Laurel Snyder. Today she is sharing a bit about her newest book, Orphan Island (HarperCollins ). *ahem* [...]

Friend Friday

May 19th, 2017|history, writing|

Tracey Baptiste looks sweet and innocent but she can write one heck of a creepy story, as her first book, The Jumbies, proved. Now, she's back with a sequel, Rise [...]

Friend Friday

May 5th, 2017|history, Uncategorized, writing|

I am so pleased to host Dorinda Nicholson today for Friend Friday! I am a huge fan of hers, going back to my first encounter with her work in Pearl [...]

Friend Friday

April 28th, 2017|history, inspiration|

I have found more new friends (and books to add to my TBR pile!) over at the Nerdy Book Club. If you don't follow that blog, I encourage you to. [...]

Friend Friday

February 24th, 2017|history, writing|

Even though we are practically neighbors, J. Anderson Coats and I are still only cyber friends. I hope that changes soon! I love that she writes YA and middle grade, [...]

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 [...]

Throwback Thursday

October 6th, 2016|history, inspiration|

My newest book, Liberty (it publishes in a few short days, on October 11), is set in New Orleans during WWII. I adore this city, which has the kindest citizens [...]

Throwback Thursday

September 29th, 2016|history, writing|

On one of my trips to New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina, I stumbled on an art collective displaying the work of local artists. One piece I fell in love with [...]