A Ruth McNally Barshaw Original

During the first weekend of October, the Michigan SCBWI put together a lovely conference at the Yarrow Golf Course near Augusta, Michigan with a number of talented speakers from the children’s publishing world.  I noticed that  several other participants had specially decorated nametags, and I recognized the artwork.  It came from the distinctive pen of Ruth … More A Ruth McNally Barshaw Original

Behind the Scenes of Saving the Griffin: The Illustrations

Typical authors don’t get a lot of say in what their covers look like.  And frankly,  award-winning authors often don’t either.  For example, I heard that Richard Peck was less than excited about one of his covers. And that came after the Newbery win for A YEAR DOWN YONDER! The people in marketing had made their decision.  … More Behind the Scenes of Saving the Griffin: The Illustrations

Behind the Scenes of Saving the Griffin: Signora De Checchi

  “Signora De Checchi came around the bend a few seconds later with a leash in her hand.  In her black leather jacket and blue and gold silk scarf, she looked almost too elegant to be walking a dog.” As a casual Midwesterner, I couldn’t believe how nicely some of the other parents dressed to … More Behind the Scenes of Saving the Griffin: Signora De Checchi