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

November 12th, 2021|books, reading, research, Uncategorized, women, writing|

I had the great fortune to "meet" Jamie Hogan through the Institute of Children's Literature, when I was an instructor there. I don't remember if I was helpful to Jamie, [...]

Friend Friday

September 17th, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, reading, writing|

What a pleasure to celebrate author/illustrator Don Tate today! The experiences he shares below remind me a bit of the cruel experiments that inspired Gennifer Choldenko's Orphan Eleven, where kids [...]

Friend Friday

September 10th, 2021|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books, reading, women, writing|

I so appreciate Suzanne Kaufman for many reasons, two of which are her perseverance with getting this post to me despite the cyber-imps working overtime to keep it from happening, [...]

Friend Friday

October 30th, 2020|books, fantasy, illustration, picture books, reading, women, writing|

My sweet friend Helen Ketteman and I have known each other longer than dirt's been around. In our early writing careers, we were part of a magical group called The [...]

Friend Friday

September 11th, 2020|books, illustration, picture books, reading, women, writing|

Who offers a complete stranger a ride from the Detroit airport to nErDCamp? Anica Mrose Rissi, that's who. She's so generous, she not only gave me that ride some years [...]

Friend Friday

July 17th, 2020|books, inspiration, reading, women, writing|

Today's guests are supreme examples of writers who have built long, successful careers through hard work and innovation. Joan Holub and I have a special connection (my name inspired one [...]

Friend Friday

June 12th, 2020|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books, reading, writing|

Mr. Rogers advised looking for the helpers in troubled times; clearly, Faith Pray is one of those helpers. Her words today seem perfectly timed and I am grateful for the [...]