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

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 [...]

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

October 15th, 2021|books, friends, history, illustration, inspiration, Love, writing|

As someone who also does a daunting amount of research for my books, I completely relate to Rob Sanders' experiences, shared below. Not only do we writers need to answer [...]

Friend Friday

October 8th, 2021|books, history, illustration, picture books, writing|

On her website, Beth Anderson describes writing as mining -- "digging deep for memories, emotion, and meaning." Her essay below about creating her latest picture book feels like a miner's [...]

Friend Friday

October 1st, 2021|books, Creativity, humor, illustration, inspiration, picture books, writing|

What a way to kick off a new month: a joint Friend Friday post from two gifted creatives, Liz Garton Scanlon and Kevan Atteberry. Liz reminds us that the creative [...]

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 [...]