The Book Stall Storytime

I spent a fantastic Saturday morning at The Book Stall in Winnetka, a wonderful independent book store with 75 years in the community. Author events and book clubs fill their calendar. It was a dream-come-true feeling, reading ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON and answering questions from the crowd which included babes in arms, engaged childrenContinue reading “The Book Stall Storytime”

Author interview with K. D. Huxman

K.D. Huxman’s new nonfiction children’s book (pictured above.) Author K. D. Huxman What Ludlow looks like current day Today’s post is a departure from my usual photography and poetry to share a peak into an interesting new book by a fellow SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) author. 1. Tell us the name ofContinue reading “Author interview with K. D. Huxman”

Why did you name him Charlie?

Two months ago, I brought home a wonderfully sweet Goldendoodle puppy and named him Charlie. The three questions I am most often asked: What kind of dog is he? What’s his name? (Followed by) Why did you name him Charlie? I had decided on the name Charlie earlier in the week, knowing we were goingContinue reading “Why did you name him Charlie?”

A writer’s life

I was lucky enough to spend the weekend at a writers conference this weekend with an amazing faculty of agents, editors, and authors. In addition to the outstanding experts, I was surrounded by inspiring writers in my critique groups, workshops, and I also had a fantastic roommate to share writing with. After the conference, IContinue reading “A writer’s life”

Thoughts on book reviews

Recently I’ve seen several discussions about the value or harm of book reviews. Authors need them to help with sales and even negative reviews aren’t necessarily going to hurt sales.   Negative reviews Evidently, some people write negative reviews and go so far as to tag the author in them. I’m not sure why anyoneContinue reading “Thoughts on book reviews”

Writing Date

I don’t typically write about my own writing in my blog so indulge me, if you will. Today a friend who is a very accomplished author with wonderful habits and rituals came for a writing date. She explained how she infuses fun in her daily life and writing process. We visited for a while andContinue reading “Writing Date”

Catalina and the King’s Wall

Today’s post is about a soon to be released book and the current kickstarter campaign. I was lucky enough to spend time with the author at a retreat last fall and we have become friends and writing partners since then. Tell us a bit about yourself. I live in Boise, Idaho with my husband, aContinue reading “Catalina and the King’s Wall”

Would You Read It Wednesday – A Plethora Of Pitch Picks! – Susanna Leonard Hill

My pitch Gustavo’s Big Idea is featured in the October section of this contest. https://susannahill.com/2018/01/10/would-you-read-it-wednesday-a-plethora-of-pitch-picks/

Interview with Diana Gallagher, author of “Lessons in Falling” Raffle to win free signed copy

        #17DABash interview with the author, Diana Gallagher and a chance to win a free signed copy of the book.  Comment on this blog post to be entered in the raffle! “Lessons in Falling” is a beautifully written contemporary YA book. Before we meet Savannah, she’s suffered a career-ending gymnastics injury.  TheContinue reading “Interview with Diana Gallagher, author of “Lessons in Falling” Raffle to win free signed copy”

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The book, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” was a favorite of mine growing up. At the time Brooklyn didn’t have special meaning to me, more on this in a minute, but I loved the immigrant story in this and another cherished book “All of a Kind Family.” That book was closer to my own family’sContinue reading “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”