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 [...]

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 [...]