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 [...]

Friend Friday

December 28th, 2018|books, friends, memories, reading, writing|

Behind Dan Richards' mild mannered appearance lurks a superhero; or at least, he was dressed in a superhero costume one of the first times we met at the International SCBWI [...]

Friend Friday

December 21st, 2018|family, friends, writing|

Given the title of her book, it seems quite appropriate that Yamile Saied Mendez and I met in Vermont when the weather hovered around 14 degrees. Despite the chill, Yamile [...]

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 [...]