Friend Friday

I need to think of a good word for a friend that I’ve never met. Because that is the word I need to describe Dana Alison Levy! Her huge and caring heart allows her to write lovely, humorous and thoughtful books. And we’re so lucky because today she’s telling us a bit about her newest… Read more »

Friend Friday

I “met” Leah Henderson when new friend Joanne O’Sullivan brought a copy of Leah’s ARC to a lovely lunch during my May visit to Asheville, North Carolina. The book sounded so intriguing, I immediately reached out to Leah about being a Friend Friday guest and, lucky for us, she agreed!  Join me in celebrating her… Read more »

Friend Friday

Tracey Baptiste looks sweet and innocent but she can write one heck of a creepy story, as her first book, The Jumbies, proved. Now, she’s back with a sequel, Rise of the Jumbies (Algonquin Young Readers), though you will have to wait until September 17, 2017 to read it, unless you can get your hand… Read more »

Friend Friday

I am delighted to host Joanne O’Sullivan today, whom I recently met at the South Carolina Association of School Librarians conference, and then got to share lunch with in Asheville, North Carolina. She is an incredibly generous person and a delightful conversationalist. And I am so eager for you to read her debut novel, Between… Read more »

Friend Friday

Mark Twain wrote in his biography that “Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.” But writing funny can be a challenge as today’s Friday friend, Lisa Papademetriou, shares in her essay below. It’s an honor to host Lisa today in celebration of her new book, Apartment 1986, HarperCollins, just out on Tuesday! Make Funny The first time I… Read more »

Friend Friday

“Time and good friends are two things that get more valuable as we get older.” I couldn’t find the author of this quote, but it sure speaks to me. And I am one lucky gal because many of the people I know are not only good friends, they are amazing writers. Karen Rivers is a… Read more »

Friend Friday

Even though we are practically neighbors, J. Anderson Coats and I are still only cyber friends. I hope that changes soon! I love that she writes YA and middle grade, “now with 20% more name calling and petty violence.” Her work is amazing and you will not want to miss her newest title, The Many Reflections… Read more »

Friend Friday

If you follow Friend Friday, you know I usually use this feature to celebrate writers; for most of this month, however, I am celebrating readers. And 2016 will end with a bang: a 12/30 Friend Friday post by the inimitable Nikki Grimes! Again recently I heard the phrase that completely disheartens me: “Historical fiction is a… Read more »

Throwback Thursday

My newest book, Liberty (it publishes in a few short days, on October 11), is set in New Orleans during WWII. I adore this city, which has the kindest citizens in the world. But in the 1940s, New Orleans shared similarities with other southern cities. My main character, Fish Elliott, has a pesky neighbor named… Read more »

Throwback Thursday

The newest book in the WWII Dog series that I’m writing for Scholastic is Liberty (due out October 11) , which features Fish Elliott who had been stricken by polio at about age five. In 1952, one of the worst years for polio here in the states, nearly 58,000 people were afflicted. Sadly, Salk’s polio vaccine… Read more »