Friend Friday

February 11th, 2022|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books, Uncategorized, women, writing|

Dear readers of my blog: As most of you know, after many, many years of running this feature, today is my very last Friend Friday. Don't worry -- I haven't [...]

Friend Friday

January 28th, 2022|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, reading, research, women, writing|

I so appreciate Margo Sorenson's insights below, about the need to take a story from "oatmeal" to something special and unique. She does it through aloha spirit and puns, resulting [...]

Friend Friday

January 21st, 2022|animals, books, Giveaway, inspiration, reading, Uncategorized, women, writing|

I am so pleased to host Kristin O'Donnell Tubb today in celebration of her newest novel, Luna Howls at the Moon -- and not just because she's a fellow dog [...]

Friend Friday

January 14th, 2022|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books, reading, Uncategorized, writing|

While I do not have an origami box for moving multiple minuscule creatures, I am famous for not killing spiders. "What if it's Charlotte?" I always ask. It is clear [...]

Friend Friday

January 7th, 2022|books, inspiration, reading, Uncategorized, women, writing|

Beth Bacon is one of the hardest working writers I know. One who is not dismayed if the road to publication takes several circuitous routes. I will confess that when [...]

Friend Friday

December 17th, 2021|books, fantasy, inspiration, midde grade, Uncategorized, women, writing|

Oh my goodness: I love Dana Middleton's post today and its reminder that stories do indeed chose us! I'm sure many of us can relate to Dana's story of wanting [...]

Friend Friday

December 10th, 2021|books, fantasy, inspiration, midde grade, women, writing|

Susan McCormick should probably buy a lottery ticket. Or perhaps a hundred. When she set out to write a medical fantasy that would catch young readers' attention the way Rick [...]

Friend Friday

December 3rd, 2021|books, Creativity, inspiration, Uncategorized|

My memory of meeting Jennifer Richard Jacobson involves nearly throwing myself at her in the exhibit hall at an ALA conference; I love her work so much! Luckily for me, [...]

Friend Friday

November 26th, 2021|animals, books, environment, illustration, inspiration, picture books, research, Uncategorized, women, writing|

I always enjoy hearing the story behind the story and Vicki Conrad's story behind her newest picture book biography is full of twists and turns, not unlike the swampy Everglades [...]

Friend Friday

November 19th, 2021|illustration, inspiration, picture books, research, Uncategorized, writing|

Today's guest is my first ever international friend! Paddy Donnelly lives and works in Belgium though his Irish roots certainly inform his work. And his newest book-- a debut as [...]