Friend Friday

It’s so lovely to be able to host the warm and generous Maureen McQuerry today. Once upon a time, when I was a newbie writer at my first conference, a kind smile from across a room helped me feel at ease. Maureen and I ended up chatting, and I didn’t feel like such a fish… Read more »

Friend Friday

What a treat it is to host Lori Mortensen today, in celebration of her latest picture book, Away with Words: The Daring Story of Isabella Bird, illustrated by Kristy Caldwell (Peachtree). I learn so much when authors like Lori are generous enough to share honestly about their writing process and journey; her story really hit… Read more »

Friend Friday

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 meeting; she graciously agreed to participate in Friend Friday! Evangelina Takes Flight (Arte Publico Press), is her first novel and not only does it tell… Read more »

Friend Friday

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 question of an editor. What I especially loved about what she’s shared with us today is that the same engine of curiosity about a particular… Read more »

Friend Friday

  Please help me welcome today’s friend, Annette Bay Pimentel and her brand new book Girl Running (Nancy Paulsen Books), illustrated by Micha Archer, which was just published on Tuesday! Annette lives and writes in Moscow, Idaho. She is the author of Mountain Chef: How One Man Lost His Groceries, Changed His Plans, and Helped… Read more »

Friend Friday

Kelly Jones is one versatile writer. I first met her through her charming debut novel Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer. Now she takes us back in time with her new novel, Murder, Magic and What We Wore (Knopf Books for Young Readers), which School Library Journal (in a starred review!) called “a cross… Read more »

Friend Friday

Though I have yet to meet Alexandra Diaz in person, she is in a critique group with my dear, dear writing friend, Mary Nethery, so we have a strong bond. I was delighted when Alexandra agreed to visit the blog today to talk about her new middle grade novel, The Only Road (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon… Read more »

Throwback Thursday

Audacity was 11 in 1910. But had she been 21, she still wouldn’t have been able to vote for President Taft, or any other candidate, due to being female (unless she lived someplace like my home state of Washington, where women got the vote November 8, 1910).   The 19th Amendment was ratified on this very day, August… Read more »

Throwback Thursday

When the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) was started in 1942, the military trained male pilots from scratch, but not the female civilian volunteers. Without that military support, interested young women had to cough up all the money they had (sometimes borrowing it) to learn how to fly. And that was only the beginning of their challenges…. Read more »

Friend Friday

It is my great delight to host Paddy Eger today. She was a student of mine years ago with a powerful historical fiction manuscript. I knew her words would find their way into print. Read on for more of her story!   How the Writing Bug Grabbed Me If you’d told me fifteen years ago… Read more »