Friend Friday

July 3rd, 2020|books, history, inspiration, research, women, writing|

A key characteristic of a successful writer is perseverance. Kristin L. Gray might win the prize in that department! As you will discover below, she did not quit when a [...]

Friend Friday

June 26th, 2020|books, Creativity, inspiration, research, writing|

There are not many Friend Friday guests with whom I have wrestled a scorpion, but Sara Fujimura is among that select group. I met Sara in the Arizona desert some [...]

Friend Friday

March 20th, 2020|books, history, research, writing|

Every week, I so enjoy hosting book creator friends in celebration of their work. But my heart does a little extra happy skip when the book in the spotlight is [...]

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

November 22nd, 2019|books, family, history, research, writing|

I confess to not remembering how Sarah Miller and I first met face-to-face, but I knew we would be pals after reading her Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller (Atheneum Books [...]

Friend Friday

July 26th, 2019|history, picture books, research, Uncategorized, women|

After being a fan for years, I had the pleasure of meeting -- and sharing a VRBO with!-- Marissa Moss at the Texas Library Association Conference this past spring. I [...]

Friend Friday

June 7th, 2019|books, history, reading, research, writing|

It is an honor to host Irene Latham today. I first met her through her wonderful novel, Leaving Gee's Bend, a book I coincidentally read after seeing some quilts made [...]

Friend Friday

May 31st, 2019|animals, books, reading, research, writing|

The very funny and lovely Erica S. Perl and I bonded over yogurt, specifically Chobani Passionfruit. Since that initial meeting, we've found hundreds of more things in common, especially a [...]

Friend Friday

April 5th, 2019|books, history, inspiration, picture books, research|

Why is it that some people -- like me -- merely open that package of ramen and add hot water and other people -- like Andrea Wang-- will stop to [...]