Winner Announcement 12/8/22

Congratulations to Dea Brayden, winner of ENERGY FROM THE EARTH by Susan Wroble! Thank you Susan for being on the blog and sharing your fascinating stories. Dea, please email me so that I can connect you with your prize. This is the last giveaway of 2022. I have some amazing interviews with authors and author-illustratorsContinue reading “Winner Announcement 12/8/22”

One More Day of Presentations

The fifth and final day of presentations is today. I’m fortunate to love what I do. As a former teacher, I’m able to create a few different options for schools to choose from. Today will include two writing workshops which are always fun and never the same twice because each student is able to workContinue reading “One More Day of Presentations”

Back in Person Conference

A note: this was a masked conference and our photo was in an empty hallway where we briefly removed our masks. Our first in-person writing conference this weekend was inspiring and in every way I’d hoped for. Reconnecting with friends and meeting new ones … learning from others … sharing what I have to offerContinue reading “Back in Person Conference”

Virtual and IRL Friends

If you’re like me, you have people who you consider friends but have never met in real life. I’ve seen other bloggers say they consider their followers and bloggers they interact with real friends. This seemed to be especially true since March 2020 when … well we all know what happened. In the world ofContinue reading “Virtual and IRL Friends”

Welcome Author Shannon Stocker – Giveaway Alert

Today, I’m thrilled to share my interview with Shannon Stocker. We met through our 2019 debut group and quickly bonded over our alma mater (Go Northwestern!) writing, children, and the messiness of life. If you aren’t yet familiar with her, she has an amazing story which will be available as a memoir at some futureContinue reading “Welcome Author Shannon Stocker – Giveaway Alert”

In Person School Visit

I had my first school visit on Friday after 25 months of virtual events. There is nothing more gratifying to connect with children in person. I loved reading Aliana Reaches for the Moon to each group, seeing their faces (some in masks, some not) during the story and hearing their reactions during and after theContinue reading “In Person School Visit”

Welcome Author Chelsea Lin Wallace – Giveaway Alert

I’ve been connected with Chelsea through social media and Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Picture Book Challenge for a few years. She’s shared some lovely poetry, photos of her adorable daughter, and some other posts that brought me to messaging her and ultimately to this interview. She’s one of many authors I haven’t met in person butContinue reading “Welcome Author Chelsea Lin Wallace – Giveaway Alert”

Welcome Author Lynne Marie – Giveaway Alert

Today author Lynne Marie stops by the blog to celebrate her new book THE THREE LITTLE PIGS AND THE ROCKET PROJECT, illustrated by Wendy Fedan that blasted into bookstores a few days ago. This is not Lynne Marie’s first fractured fairy tale, her book MOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE SCARES, illustrated by David Rodriguez Lorenzo isContinue reading “Welcome Author Lynne Marie – Giveaway Alert”

Winner Announcement 11/1/21

Congratulations to Annie Lynn winner of an amazing giveaway of 3 prizes from Lois Peterson! Lois is sharing her books SHELTER – HOMELESSNESS IN OUR COMMUNITY, illustrated by Taryn Gee and her historical novel SILVER RAIN, plus a critique of the opening chapter of a middle grade novel (2000 words max.) Email me Ljrwritenow atContinue reading “Winner Announcement 11/1/21”