Friend Friday

January 17th, 2020|books, Creativity, humor, illustration, inspiration, research, writing|

Do you remember the old chewing gum commercials: "Two, two, two mints in one?" This Friend Friday is definitely a DoubleMint day! I met fellow dog-lover Ginger Wadsworth at the [...]

Friend Friday

January 10th, 2020|books, inspiration, research, women, writing|

How lucky I am to call so many fine writers friends, Frances O'Roark Dowell among them? I first met her through her wonderful book, Chicken Boy (Atheneum Books for Young [...]

Friend Friday

December 20th, 2019|books, inspiration, reading, writing|

It is a complete delight to host local author, Sara Nickerson, today to celebrate her newest novel, Last Meeting of the Gorilla Club (Dutton Children's Books). Her character driven stories [...]

Friend Friday

December 13th, 2019|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books, writing|

Today's Friend Friday friend, Lydia Lukidis, reminds us all of the power of persistence and of believing in one's work. Though the road to publication for No Bears Allowed (Blue [...]

Friend Friday

November 15th, 2019|animals, books, illustration, inspiration, reading, writing|

Nancy Furstinger is a very patient person. In January 2019, I invited her to be a Friend Friday guest to celebrate her then-forthcoming picture book. The catch was that I [...]

Friend Friday

November 8th, 2019|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books, reading, writing|

Isn't it amazing how some books and characters make indelible impressions on us? I can't recall when I first met Ramona, but I will to my dying day never forget [...]

Friend Friday

November 1st, 2019|books, inspiration, reading, writing|

It is my honor to host Varsha Bajaj today, as she shares about the genesis of her latest novel, Count Me In (Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Group). Varsha's essay below [...]

Friend Friday

October 18th, 2019|books, inspiration, midde grade, women, writing|

I met J. Albert Mann when I was a guest lecturer at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program for Writing for Children and Young Adults. We instantly bonded [...]

Friend Friday

October 11th, 2019|books, history, inspiration, reading, writing|

I am a huge Deborah Heiligman fan. In fact, we "met" when I sent her a fan letter after reading Charles and Emma, a book that completely enchanted and educated [...]

Friend Friday

September 27th, 2019|books, inspiration, reading, writing|

Before I had the fortune and pleasure to meet her in person, I met Donna Gephart through the wonderful Death by Toilet Paper, and was impressed by her keen eye [...]