Book Review + Interview — Let’s Dance! by Valerie Bolling

Here I am, again, celebrating the birth of a brand new picture book and asking all the questions! Valerie and I first crossed paths in 12×12, a year-long picture book writing challenge hosted by author Julie Hedlund. I have the good fortune to be participating for the second time this year (the first being 2018,Continue reading “Book Review + Interview — Let’s Dance! by Valerie Bolling”

Book Review + Interview — Pirates Stuck at “C” by Brooke Van Sickle

Hello friends! I’m thrilled you’re here for the kickoff of my new series, Book Review + Interview. Today, I have the pleasure of sharing my conversation with debut picture book author and publisher, Brooke Van Sickle (& if you read down to the end, there’s a giveaway too!) But first, a book review: Pirate’s StuckContinue reading “Book Review + Interview — Pirates Stuck at “C” by Brooke Van Sickle”

An evil act of trade – – Lessons from The Giver quartet

I can’t tell you how old I was the first time I read Lois Lowry’s THE GIVER, published in 1993. I do remember that it had a profound impact and I’ve carried it with me ever since (in that figurative, literary way, of course.) If you are feeling fuzzy, here’s a refresher… Jonas, a 12Continue reading “An evil act of trade – – Lessons from The Giver quartet”

What’s the Why? My Picture Book Equation.

Originally posted on July 4, 2019 @ Magnolias & Manuscripts. This morning, I witnessed magic in my living room.  The kind that gently pulls everyone together, under the same spell, before anyone realizes what’s happening. It was a sticky July morning, windows wet with condensation and the smell of pancakes still wafting from the kitchen.Continue reading “What’s the Why? My Picture Book Equation.”

Foresight is 2020!

Happy New Year! I’m excited to be launching a new website! I’ve included links to some contest entries, writing challenges and blog posts previously published on Magnolias & Manuscripts. But, with a new decade upon us, exciting interviews to share and continued optimism that I’ll figure this whole ‘getting published’ thing out, I thought itContinue reading “Foresight is 2020!”