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

January 11th, 2019|books, friends, Giveaway, reading, writing|

Erica Perl and I bonded over yogurt. Passionfruit, to be precise. Evidently yogurt is quite the predictor of whether two book creators will be copacetic as we have been good [...]

Friend Friday

December 28th, 2018|books, friends, memories, reading, writing|

Behind Dan Richards' mild mannered appearance lurks a superhero; or at least, he was dressed in a superhero costume one of the first times we met at the International SCBWI [...]

Friend Friday

October 26th, 2018|books, reading, writing, Young Adult|

I met Roxanne Lambie at a reading association conference in El Paso, if I remember correctly. She was at a table with her first book, Quantum (Clean Reads) and I [...]

Friend Friday

October 12th, 2018|books, environment, inspiration, reading, writing|

Though I love to read nonfiction, I am almost more fascinated by why its writers choose the topics that they choose. That is why I am especially grateful that Loree [...]

Friend Friday

October 6th, 2018|animals, books, illustration, reading|

What a treat it is to host a fellow dog-lover! I think I may have met Wendy Wahman through her delightful, Don't Lick the Dog, before I actually met her, [...]

Friend Friday

September 28th, 2018|books, family, inspiration, reading, women, writing|

I had the pleasure of being with Diana Noble at a conference recently. We hit it right off and she didn't mind my asking a favor at our very first [...]

Friend Friday

September 14th, 2018|books, inspiration, reading, writing|

Even though I'd hardly known Diana Lopez for five minutes, when I asked her to be a Friend Friday guest, she immediately said yes! It was at a Scholastic event [...]

Friend Friday

August 31st, 2018|books, reading, writing|

When I count my blessings, I count among them wonderful creators for kidlit who -- no matter how famous and busy and award-winning-- graciously agree to be one of my [...]

Friend Friday

August 24th, 2018|books, Creativity, Giveaway, reading, writing|

I met Barb Kerley through my writing partner, Mary Nethery. The two of them were in a critique group together and when I had the opportunity to attend the Humboldt [...]