Friend Friday

Friendships begin in many ways; mine with Barbara O’Connor started with a fan letter sent in response to one of Barbara’s books (NOT Greetings from Nowhere, where the bully is named Kirby. But she didn’t know me then.) Not too long after those initial email exchanges, we met in person at ALA in Orlando and… 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

If you ever hesitate about writing an author a fan letter, don’t. That’s how my friendship with the inimitable Barbara O’Connor began! And what a friendship it’s been. From late night encouraging phone calls, to writing retreats, to surviving fires in restaurants — it’s been a wonderful ride so far. I consider Barbara the Betsy… Read more »

Butterfly Sisters

A year (or so– time flies), three amazing women gathered at the Larson┬ábeach house near the Canadian border. Augusta and Barbara and I knew each other; Susan and I knew each other. But none of us had been roomies before. It worked out smashingly. Not only did we laugh, eat well, collect beach treasures and… Read more »

Throwback Thursday

This isn’t too far back, but I am so grateful to these women: Susan Hill Long, Barbara O’Connor and Augusta Scattergood. I invited them to Shangri-Lar just last year for a writing retreat (some of us didn’t even know each other!) and out of that we produced 4 books, all to be pubbed in 2016…. Read more »

Throwback Thursday. . .sort of

When I was growing up, “like a girl” was an insult. But nowadays, who wouldn’t want to throw like Mo’Ne Davis, run like Mary Cain, or use her brain cells like Deepika Kurup? Girls can do so many amazing things, which is why I am celebrating April with a Girl Power Giveaway: you can win… Read more »