Friend Friday

April 12th, 2019|books, history, women, writing, Young Adult|

It's so lovely to be able to host the warm and generous Maureen McQuerry today. Once upon a time, when I was a newbie writer at my first conference, a [...]

Friend Friday

April 5th, 2019|books, history, inspiration, picture books, research|

Why is it that some people -- like me -- merely open that package of ramen and add hot water and other people -- like Andrea Wang-- will stop to [...]

Friend Friday

March 8th, 2019|books, history, picture books, women|

What a treat it is to host Lori Mortensen today, in celebration of her latest picture book, Away with Words: The Daring Story of Isabella Bird, illustrated by Kristy Caldwell [...]

Friend Friday

February 15th, 2019|books, history, research, writing|

I have huge admiration for fellow Washington writer Mary Cronk Farrell. She always seems to find topics that have been overlooked in the history books, bringing them to life with [...]

Friend Friday

January 25th, 2019|books, history, reading, research, writing|

In her essay below, my friend Martha Brockenbrough describes her editor, Jean Feiwel, as "fierce." This is the exact word I would use to describe Martha herself: fiercely kind, fiercely [...]

Friend Friday

November 23rd, 2018|history, inspiration, picture books, writing|

This summer, I participated in the International Literacy Association (ILA) conference, which was a fabulous experience. Topping the list of highlights was meeting three authors, all of whom graciously agreed [...]

Friend Friday

July 1st, 2018|books, history, inspiration, reading, writing|

My darling friend and Butterfly Sister Augusta Scattergood (Making Friends with Billy Wong) suggested I ask her friend Rob Sanders to be part of Friend Friday. Of course I said [...]

Friend Friday

June 22nd, 2018|history, Uncategorized, Young Adult|

I met Miriam McNamara when I was a visiting faculty member to the Vermont Master of Fine Arts. Her energy was infectious, something I admired in that 3 degree weather [...]

Friend Friday

June 15th, 2018|books, history, inspiration, reading, writing|

Today's Friend Friday guest, Frances Wood, and I bonded over birds. I am an amateur (VERY!) birdwatcher and, after meeting one another at the now-defunct Whidbey Island Writers Conference, Frances [...]

Friend Friday

June 1st, 2018|history, inspiration, writing|

It was Dave Patneaude's son who introduced us, eons ago. I'd been a judge for the PTA Reflections contest and selected Jeff's story to move on to the next level [...]