Friend Friday

February 11th, 2022|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books, Uncategorized, women, writing|

Dear readers of my blog: As most of you know, after many, many years of running this feature, today is my very last Friend Friday. Don't worry -- I haven't [...]

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

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 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

December 17th, 2021|books, fantasy, inspiration, midde grade, Uncategorized, women, writing|

Oh my goodness: I love Dana Middleton's post today and its reminder that stories do indeed chose us! I'm sure many of us can relate to Dana's story of wanting [...]

Friend Friday

December 10th, 2021|books, fantasy, inspiration, midde grade, women, writing|

Susan McCormick should probably buy a lottery ticket. Or perhaps a hundred. When she set out to write a medical fantasy that would catch young readers' attention the way Rick [...]

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 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

November 5th, 2021|books, Uncategorized, women, writing|

In 2013, I went to a literary arts festival in Portland and ended up with a new friend: Susan Hill Long. I'd taken the train down so was able to [...]

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 [...]