Friend Friday

February 12th, 2021|books, inspiration, midde grade, women, writing|

I have a strong memory of being sent a Linda Oatman High book or two by my editor when I was first published at Holiday House, as examples of what [...]

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

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

December 4th, 2020|books, humor, illustration, picture books, women, writing|

Okay; I'm going to admit that I am completely jealous that Margo Sorenson was voted "Walking Dictionary" in 9th grade. Who wouldn't want to have every word at her/his/their command [...]

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 20th, 2020|books, illustration, picture books, women, writing|

I love it when my friends help me make new friends! Thank you Dana Sullivan for connecting me with Susan Novich. And thank you Susan for sharing your book creation [...]

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

November 6th, 2020|books, friends, memories, women, writing|

Cameron Kelly Rosenblum drew a tough Friend Friday slot: just a few days after an unsettled (and unsettling) election. But I am grateful she is here today because I think [...]

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

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 [...]