Friend Friday

December 14th, 2018|family, inspiration, writing, Young Adult|

This summer, at the International Literacy Association conference, I had the privilege of hearing Jane O'Reilly accept an award for her novel, The Notations of Cooper CameronĀ (CarolRhoda Books). I was [...]

Friend Friday

November 30th, 2018|family, gratitude, inspiration, midde grade, Uncategorized, writing|

Katherine Marsh holds a dear spot in my heart for saying something incredibly encouraging to me, just at the time I truly needed to hear it. That she is generous [...]

Friend Friday

November 23rd, 2018|history, inspiration, picture books, writing|

This summer, I participated in the International Literacy Association (ILA) conference, which was a fabulous experience. Topping the list of highlights was meeting three authors, all of whom graciously agreed [...]

Friend Friday

November 9th, 2018|books, Creativity, inspiration, writing|

In July, I was honored to present at the International Literacy Association conference and even more honored to find myself signing books at a table next to Adib Khorram. Though [...]

Friend Friday

October 26th, 2018|books, reading, writing, Young Adult|

I met Roxanne Lambie at a reading association conference in El Paso, if I remember correctly. She was at a table with her first book, Quantum (Clean Reads) and I [...]

Friend Friday

October 12th, 2018|books, environment, inspiration, reading, writing|

Though I love to read nonfiction, I am almost more fascinated by why its writers choose the topics that they choose. That is why I am especially grateful that Loree [...]

Friend Friday

September 28th, 2018|books, family, inspiration, reading, women, writing|

I had the pleasure of being with Diana Noble at a conference recently. We hit it right off and she didn't mind my asking a favor at our very first [...]

Friend Friday

September 14th, 2018|books, inspiration, reading, writing|

Even though I'd hardly known Diana Lopez for five minutes, when I asked her to be a Friend Friday guest, she immediately said yes! It was at a Scholastic event [...]

Friend Friday

September 7th, 2018|Creativity, inspiration, midde grade, Uncategorized, writing|

Boy, howdy, am I excited about today's Friend Friday. About twelve million years ago, I wrote a fan letter to an author whose work I truly admired. And she wrote [...]

Friend Friday

August 31st, 2018|books, reading, writing|

When I count my blessings, I count among them wonderful creators for kidlit who -- no matter how famous and busy and award-winning-- graciously agree to be one of my [...]