Surprises and Successes 12 Days of Christmas Challenge

I’m a few days behind on  Julie Hedlund’s 12 Days of Christmas Challenge for Writers where on days 2 and 3, she suggests focusing on Surprises and Successes instead of resolutions. (More about days 4-12 later.) My list of 3 or more surprises and as many successes as I can think of is shared below. I’mContinue reading “Surprises and Successes 12 Days of Christmas Challenge”

An author in the Spotlight

Tomorrow, I’m honored to be featured in the Children’s Books Spotlight Series which shares stories of authors and illustrators. You probably enjoyed the Last full moon of the decade and I’ve shared many other moon photos in my blog over the years. I’ve learned through many readers how strong an impact the moon has onContinue reading “An author in the Spotlight”

Small Business Saturday at Second Star to the Right

There are many wonderful facets of being an author, but one of the best is reading my book to an audience of children. I love school visits, library events, and bookstores. What can make it even better? Sharing the Storytime spotlight with another author! I was lucky enough to team up with Carmela LaVigna CoyleContinue reading “Small Business Saturday at Second Star to the Right”

Reflections on a School Visit

I’ve been meaning to share this for a week but I’ve been under the weather and had a few deadlines. I love visiting schools to share ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON with children. It’s fun to watch them respond to the story and then talk about it afterwards. I also share a slide show withContinue reading “Reflections on a School Visit”

Harvest Moon

The moon brought along a friend to this photo shoot, or maybe it’s a reflection. 😉 Either way, it gave me the idea to take this picture my book, ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON and MOON’s FIRST FRIENDS, by Susanna Leonard Hill. A wonderful pair to celebrate the moon.

Bookstore Magic

The picture book community is full of supportive people who help each other in a variety of ways. We are an interconnected web of authors and illustrators who may have never met in person, but truly are friends. The photo above, taken last Friday, has two of the most supportive members of this community. JulieContinue reading “Bookstore Magic”

Six Months Later – Six Highlights

ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON was released on 2/19/19 (An author’s reflection in no particular order) Reconnecting with children I used to teach and their families and knowing how proud they are that I reached this goal. Being on panels and in groups which connected me with authors of distinguished status. Being part of ApollopaloozaContinue reading “Six Months Later – Six Highlights”