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 [...]

Throwback Thursday

September 22nd, 2016|history, inspiration|

The newest book in the WWII Dog series that I'm writing for Scholastic is Liberty (due out October 11) , which features Fish Elliott who had been stricken by polio at [...]

Throwback Thursday

September 15th, 2016|animals, history|

I may look sweet and innocent but I have an evil plan: I want to turn kids into ravenous readers of historical fiction. And, serendipitously, I've discovered one way to be [...]

Friend Friday

September 9th, 2016|Creativity, history|

Though Erin Hagar and I have never met, I know we would be fast friends over our shared love of history. When I learned about her new book, Doing Her [...]

Throwback Thursday

August 25th, 2016|history, writing|

This will be my last throwback to 1910 (at least for awhile; the sequel is due out in January 2017). It's been fun providing some historical context for the first [...]

Throwback Thursday

August 18th, 2016|history, women|

Audacity was 11 in 1910. But had she been 21, she still wouldn't have been able to vote for President Taft, or any other candidate, due to being female (unless she lived [...]

Throwback Thursday

August 11th, 2016|history|

It was horrifying to Audacity Jones (and no doubt to you!) that President Taft's favorite soup was Terrapin Soup, aka Turtle Soup. And Mrs. Taft really did hire English cooks [...]