Friend Friday

January 22nd, 2021|books, history, inspiration, research, writing|

It is my huge honor and delight to host Newbery Honor award winner, Margi Preus (Heart of a Samurai). Margi and I clearly share a passion for historical fiction, and [...]

Friend Friday

January 15th, 2021|books, inspiration, midde grade, women, writing|

Friendships begin in many ways; mine with Barbara O'Connor started with a fan letter sent in response to one of Barbara's books (NOT Greetings from Nowhere, where the bully is [...]

Friend Friday

January 8th, 2021|books, history, inspiration, writing|

Not many of my Friend Friday guests have run away to join the circus, but Lisa Robinson has! Well, perhaps she didn't exactly run away, but click here to be [...]

Friend Friday

December 18th, 2020|inspiration, picture books, poetry, writing|

I have been the beneficiary of many touching acts of kindness and one of my most cherished was gifted me by today's Friend Friday guest, Irene Latham. She has a [...]

Friend Friday

December 11th, 2020|books, history, inspiration, women, writing|

I'm grateful to recent Friend Friday guest, Margo Sorenson, for introducing me to Bonnie Graves, fellow historical fiction lover. As Bonnie shares below, historical fiction gives us great tools for [...]

Friend Friday

November 27th, 2020|books, inspiration, women, writing|

We do get by with a little help from our friends! I am so grateful to Lesa Cline-Ransome for connecting me with today's guest, Ann E. Burg, one of her [...]

Friend Friday

November 13th, 2020|books, inspiration, women, writing|

If memory serves (and there's no guarantee of that these days!) I first had the pleasure of meeting the effervescent Nancy Coffelt at the Humboldt County Children's Authors Festival many [...]

Friend Friday

October 23rd, 2020|books, inspiration, women, writing|

These past few months have forced me to slow down. To think things through. To practice letting go. (I was cleaning the garage and ran across my beloved Away suitcase [...]

Friend Friday

October 9th, 2020|books, Creativity, inspiration, women, writing|

I clearly remember meeting Jennifer Jacobson on a crowded exhibition hall floor during a conference. I think we literally bumped into each other! Within minutes, I was privileged to get [...]

Friend Friday

October 2nd, 2020|books, family, illustration, inspiration, writing|

A few years back, I was chatting with Varian Johnson after a long day of conference presentations. He was debating leaving his day job to write full time. He had [...]