Friend Friday

I am “quackers” about today’s guest, Liz Wong, and her work. As a volunteer in my granddaughter’s school library, I’ve noticed that Liz’s first picture book (Quackers/Knopf) is one that students wrestle over weekly. So I am delighted that we are celebrating her newest picture book, Goose Egg (Knopf Books for Young Readers). And even… Read more »

Friend Friday

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 work — middle grade historical fiction (the Al Capone series; Chasing Secrets); middle grade realistic fiction (Notes from a Liar and Her Dog, No Passengers… Read more »

Friend Friday

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 he tried his best to convince this coffee drinker that tea is the best beverage ever, we had a great conversation about books and writing…. Read more »

Friend Friday

I reconnected with Carolyn Dee Flores at the International Literacy Association conference this past summer. She was bubbling with excitement over her forthcoming book, The Amazing Watercolor Fish (Arte Publico/Pinata Books) and I couldn’t resist asking if she would share some of the story behind the book with my followers. She graciously agreed and it… Read more »

Friend Friday

Suzanne has the warmest smile and biggest heart and it is an honor to know her. Her newest book, All Are Welcome, (Penguin Random House) is illustrated by Suzanne, with text by Alexandra Penfold. As an example of Suzanne’s generosity, she has offered to giveaway one of her prints (pictured just below.)! To enter please… Read more »

Friend Friday

I had the lovely fortune to be seated next to Kevin Scott at the Inside Story, sponsored by SCBWI Western Washington, hosted by The¬†Neverending Bookshop, at the Bellevue (WA) Public Library this past spring (if you are a local teacher, librarian or bookseller, you need to attend this event!). I was so touched by Kevin’s… Read more »

Friend Friday

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 back! To steal a line from Casablanca, that was the beginning of a beautiful relationship. Just because I can now count Barbara O’Connor as a… Read more »

Friend Friday

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 County Author Festival for the first time years ago, Mary was eager for Barb and I to meet. I cherish our friendship, and admire her… Read more »

Friend Friday

I met the incredibly energetic Beth Bacon through the Vermont MFA program, even though she and I are practically neighbors here in the northwest. Beth gave a reading from a heart-stopping short story she’d written, one I will truly never forget, and we’ve stayed in touch. (She even recruited me to be one of the… Read more »

Friend Friday

This is a first: a multi-generational blog post!! Instigated by the energetic Meg Ferrante. I wish you could all meet Meg in person. She is warm, witty and wise. We shared one weekend at a writer’s workshop eons ago and we have been buds ever since. That¬† boggles the mind– with all the people we… Read more »