Tag: picture books

Where do you get your Ideas?

The new kitten People always ask writers, “Where do you get your ideas?” (Okay, not many people have asked me that yet, but once I have more titles to my credit, they’ll start asking.) Really good ideas for a book – the sort of premises Michael Chricton… Continue Reading “Where do you get your Ideas?”

Fall Faves

Writing isn’t going so well for me just now–I’m scattered among different projects and I keep going back and forth between two possible plot directions in my sequel to All Good Children. Not good. I don’t like writing blind. I don’t want to whine — that’s why I haven’t… Continue Reading “Fall Faves”

Exercise and Anglerfish

I intended to exercise this morning but my pets conspired against me. I haven’t exercised for twelve days due to a bout of bronichiitis that shows no sign of improvement. I fear that all my weight-lifting gains are fading fast. Compare me twelve days ago (left) to me… Continue Reading “Exercise and Anglerfish”

Feast and Famine

In 2008, after several years of writing for children, I had the good fortune to sell two manuscripts in the same year: a picture book to Kids Can Press in the spring; and a middle-grade novel to Orca Book Publishers in the fall. I did not understand… Continue Reading “Feast and Famine”

Illustrations and other Surprises

I opened an email last week to find a message from my editor at Kids Can Press with a file attachment showing the revised roughs of my first picture book. What a treat! I can’t include a picture here, of course. You’ll have to wait… Continue Reading “Illustrations and other Surprises”

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