Friend Friday

April 9th, 2021|history, inspiration, writing|

It's difficult to think of someone enthused about life and the writing process than Erin Soderberg Downing. I can see a world where I absolutely have her on speed-dial whenever [...]

Friend Friday

March 26th, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, writing|

Generally, I write an introduction here which shares my connection with my Friend Friday guest. Today that is Jeff Gottesfeld, the author of TWENTY-ONE STEPS: GUARDING THE TOMB OF THE [...]

Friend Friday

March 19th, 2021|books, friends, history, inspiration, women, writing|

Sometimes fortune does favor the bold! I was very bold in reaching out to a writer whose work I have long admired with an invitation to be my Friend Friday [...]

Friend Friday

March 12th, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, women|

Suzanne Slade studied mechanical engineering and worked in the field -- on car brakes and rockets-- after getting her degree. But she eventually returned to her first passion: writing. (Visit [...]

Friend Friday

February 26th, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, writing|

Susan Kusel I have many jobs related to books; I’m a librarian, a book buyer for a bookstore and have served on many book award committees.  Now I have one [...]

Friend Friday

January 29th, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, writing|

Sometimes I chat with folks outside the kid lit world who think because picture books are so short that they are easy to write. I personally think they are the [...]

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 [...]