Friend Friday

April 19th, 2019|books, inspiration, midde grade, reading, writing, Young Adult|

I am impatiently waiting for the "Beam Me Up, Scotty" form of transportation so that I might easily have coffee on occasion with some of my favorite kidlit people, like [...]

Friend Friday

April 12th, 2019|books, history, women, writing, Young Adult|

It's so lovely to be able to host the warm and generous Maureen McQuerry today. Once upon a time, when I was a newbie writer at my first conference, a [...]

Friend Friday

March 22nd, 2019|books, friends, picture books, writing|

I am so pleased Jenn Bailey took time out of her busy book launch schedule to visit with us here at Friend Friday. If you're like me, you've seen buzz [...]

Friend Friday

March 1st, 2019|Creativity, inspiration, midde grade, writing|

Hope. What a sweet and delicious concept. Frankly in the past two years, I've needed more than a drop of it. So when I was invited to read Keith Calabrese's [...]

Friend Friday

February 23rd, 2019|books, inspiration, midde grade, writing|

I was thrilled when Donna Gephart agreed to share a bit of the process of writing her newest book, In Your Shoes (Delacorte Books for Young Readers) and even more [...]

Friend Friday

February 15th, 2019|books, history, research, writing|

I have huge admiration for fellow Washington writer Mary Cronk Farrell. She always seems to find topics that have been overlooked in the history books, bringing them to life with [...]

Friend Friday

February 1st, 2019|books, Creativity, inspiration, writing|

Boy oh boy, do I feel blessed to count Gennifer Choldenko as a friend. Yes, she's an amazing writer; not only prolific, but she creates such a wide variety of [...]

Friend Friday

January 25th, 2019|books, history, reading, research, writing|

In her essay below, my friend Martha Brockenbrough describes her editor, Jean Feiwel, as "fierce." This is the exact word I would use to describe Martha herself: fiercely kind, fiercely [...]

Friend Friday

January 18th, 2019|inspiration, research, writing|

I first met Michael Spradlin some years back at a wonderful Author Festival in Warrensburg, Missouri, sponsored by the University of Central Missouri. Though he was an old hand at [...]

Friend Friday

January 11th, 2019|books, friends, Giveaway, reading, writing|

Erica Perl and I bonded over yogurt. Passionfruit, to be precise. Evidently yogurt is quite the predictor of whether two book creators will be copacetic as we have been good [...]