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 [...]

Friend Friday

August 24th, 2018|books, Creativity, Giveaway, reading, writing|

I met Barb Kerley through my writing partner, Mary Nethery. The two of them were in a critique group together and when I had the opportunity to attend the Humboldt [...]

Winston Writes

August 15th, 2018|animals, writing|

She gets all the credit but I do all the hard work, digging through old newspapers and archives. I guess that's why I'm this writer's best friend. But it doesn't [...]

Winston Writes

August 8th, 2018|animals, writing|

This is my face when my writer asks my opinion about her first draft. I know honesty is the best paw-licy. But honesty may impact how many treats I get. [...]

Friend Friday

August 7th, 2018|books, reading, women, writing|

I never tire of hearing stories of book creators' road to publication. Amy O'Quinn has a great one to tell about her experience, one which began by asking a simple [...]

Friend Friday

July 27th, 2018|books, friends, writing|

Emily Whitman is in the house! We both had sand between our toes the first time we met, at a now-defunct writing retreat at Cannon Beach, Oregon. Then, that retreat [...]

Friend Friday

July 20th, 2018|humor, inspiration, reading, writing|

I don't know how it is that Heather Bouwman chooses to be friends with a slacker like me-- in addition to her writing, she's a college professor, homeschooling mom AND [...]