Category: Writing and Publishing Q & A

It’s (almost) Gurple and Preen’s #BookBirthday!

I am honored and excited to chat with author Linda Sue Park (L.) and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi (R.) about their wonderful picture book, GURPLE AND PREEN–a Broken Crayon Cosmic Adventure (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) which releases NEXT WEEK. Let the cosmic adventures begin!  Q1 What was the inspiration for GURPLE AND… Read more »

7 Qs with debut #kidlit illustrator Shiho Pate

Raise your hand if you love to doodle or draw! Random fact: So do I–which is why I LOVE learning about the illustrator’s process in a picture book. Today we’re chatting with Shiho Pate (pronounced SHE-ho) about her debut illustrations for 2 PIRATES + 1 ROBOT   (Kane Miller / Henry Herz) A rollicking space adventure… Read more »

Teen Blog Takeover: 5 Questions with #YA Author Elizabeth Tammi

Attention young writers with PUBLISHING DREAMS! This post is for you: 5 Questions with 22 year old #YA author, Elizabeth Tammi. Tammi’s novel, OUTRUN THE WIND, released in 2018 with Flux —when she was twenty years old! “What grew from two girls who could barely stand to talk to each other into a classic story… Read more »

Happy Book Birthday to Jennifer Longo’s new YA, WHAT I CARRY

It’s here–Jennifer Longo’s new #YA, WHAT I CARRY (Random House Books* January 21st, 2020) In celebration, I’ve asked Jen a few questions about her book and her process. (See below.) People, I can’t say enough about this wonderful, much-needed novel which seamlessly combines themes of #fostercare, #adoption, and John Muir! But don’t take my word for… Read more »

Meet #kidlit author Virginia Loh-Hagan and NIAN, THE CHINESE NEW YEAR DRAGON

Virginia Loh-Hagan’s NIAN, THE CHINESE NEW YEAR DRAGON (Sleeping Bear Press, Illus. Timothy Banks) is the perfect picture book for celebrating–and learning about– Chinese New Year. It’s a girl-power retelling of the Nian legend with an original twist, which includes explanations of the origins of Chinese New Year traditions. VERDICT: A wonderful version of a… Read more »