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

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 [...]

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

October 29th, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, research, women, writing|

As much as I love celebrating my friends' work for Friend Friday, it is an especial delight to celebrate a debut book. And it is a delight to be reminded [...]

Friend Friday

October 22nd, 2021|books, history, inspiration, research, women, writing|

I will confess, upon reading Amy Butler Greenfield's essay below, my stomach lurched. Give up a project that was "one small revision" away from a sale? Whoa. Yes, Amy's story [...]

Friend Friday

September 24th, 2021|books, friends, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, research, women, writing|

One of my passions is to tell little-known stories of the past; clearly Shari Becker and Louisa Jaggar share that passion. They went to incredible lengths to tell the story [...]

Friend Friday

September 3rd, 2021|books, history, illustration, inspiration, picture books, research, women, writing|

Laurie Wallmark poses an intriguing question in today's essay. I wonder how other book creators might answer it? While I wouldn't describe my passion for historical fiction a rut, I've [...]

Friend Friday

August 23rd, 2021|books, inspiration, research, women, writing|

It was such a joy and so inspiring to chat with Janet Fox last Thursday (August 19) on my Write Space with Kirby Larson and Friends program, still viewable over [...]

Friend Friday

August 20th, 2021|history, inspiration, research, women, writing|

I first "met" Sarah Miller through her fabulous Miss Spitfire; Voya says "Miller brings history to life," and that is no exaggeration. Her work always adds something fresh, especially to [...]