I had left open our last day in Egypt just in case I needed to go back and do any additional research, but it looked like it was complete. I had visited all the places that my characters had: Giza, Abusir, Ma’adi, the Metro, the Khan al-Khalili, and Al Ahzar park. My husband, the man … More Research all Finished?
My article Prospecting for Gold Nuggets is now up on the Institute for Children’s Literature’s website. It discusses how important it is to come up with a strong premise for your writing projects.
“…it clearly demonstrated where the old cliche of “breath-taking came from.” … More Behind the Scenes of Saving the Griffin: Working with an Editor
“At least we can take care of him for a while,” Michael went on. “We’ll teach him how to fly and hunt for food.” Kate snorted. “How are we supposed to teach him something we don’t know how to do ourselves?” I know that either those lines or a variation of them were … More Behind the Scenes of SAVING THE GRIFFIN: Flying Lessons
Well, first I guess that I’ll have to admit to a narcissistic Google habit. But it is fun to see where my books have turned up. There is one site that always makes me smile when it turns up in the search. SAVING THE GRIFFIN is on a list of books for boys. Now I know that boys … More A Book for Boys?
A few days ago, I sat down with piece of paper to outline a note to my agent about how I just didn’t have any ideas at all for revising one of my novels . She had sent me a very thoughtful email about my project before leaving on a three-week trip to Greece. I knew that she … More Thinking with a Pencil
How much is that griffin in the window It had been a long day in Siena. My family and I were walking along the Via Terme back to the Blue SITA buses when I saw him in the store window: a griffin clutching a ball. I stopped and stared. A larger version of this creature … More My Griffin