My friend Jeanie Franz Ransom just received some eggs-citing news! Her picture book WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO HUMPTY just won the New Mexico Land of Enchantment Award for best picture book narrative. So right now her eggstremely funny book is sitting on a website just to the left of THE HUNGER GAMES. I’m proud to be an … More What Really Happened to Humpty? He won!!
It was such fun to see SAVING THE GRIFFIN turn up on a master list of fifty or so books for kids to read before and after Harry Potter. Susan Fichtelberg and Bonnie Kunzel pulled this list together for their June, 2011 ALA presentation. A quick cruise through Susan’s website, Encountering Enchantment, made it clear that she’s … More Before and After Harry Potter (Grades 3-5)
I was one of the writers who shared a few techniques in Sue Bradford Edwards article, “How to Avoid Parenting Your Characters.” It was the lead piece in the 11/1 WRITER’S DIGEST e-mail newsletter. Congratulations, Sue!
When my good friend Gina asked me to do an interview on Swagger, I couldn’t say no. Feel free to buzz on over if you’d like to check out my answers and maybe even win a ten-page critique.
A friend of mine, a writer who managed to make me laugh AND get teary eyed at the same moment, has started group-blogging as Swagger. This bunch of writers came together at a Highlights Foundation retreat and really bonded. Collectively, they’re an interesting bunch. Rich Wallace, for example, has written lot of great middle grade and YA novels. (On a … More Swagger?
It was fun to find SUSPECT on a list of suggested books for a last-hurrah-of-the-summer kind of book put together by a librarian in Harris County, Texas.
When my friend, fellow author and Michigan Ad-Com member Pat Trattles approached me about serving as the novel mentor, I couldn’t say no. Really. As Robert Heinlein pointed out to Spider Robinson decades ago, you can never really pay a professional writer back for the help that they’ve given you. You can only pay forward. Winning … More Serving as the Michigan Mentor