Monthly Archives: September 2011

Obsessed with Children’s Books: Erica Perl Interview

It was really freaky, this Erica Perl thing. A little over a year ago, my father asked me if I knew a writer named Erica Perl. I looked her up online, and while her books were familiar to me, she … Continue reading

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Thinking Out of the (Bread) Box: Interview with Laurel Snyder

I don’t know about you, but when I wake each morning, I ask myself why I didn’t think of a pig who wanted to be kosher before Laurel Snyder did.   Laurel’s the author of BAXTER, THE PIG WHO WANTED … Continue reading

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Over on Cynsations

Over on the divine Cynthia Leitich Smith‘s fabulous Cynsations site, an interview with…me about WATER BALLOON, finding my agent, and sharing entrees. Check back here tomorrow for an interview with the great Laurel Snyder about her new book, BIGGER THAN … Continue reading

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How to Host a Perfect Book Launch

First, it’s a good idea to title your book WATER BALLOON, so every time you say water balloon launch, it evokes fun images. Preparation: Find a bookstore like Booktowne, where everyone’s friendly and supportive. It’s not a bad thing if … Continue reading

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Carrying the Broken Spirits

I read this post on C.J. Redwine’s excellent blog yesterday. It’s mostly about all the hard work and commitment required to be a successful author, and how a person doesn’t turn into some superstar-other-kind-of-writer just by virtue of having a … Continue reading

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Cupcakes, Sprinkles, Frosting: Interview with Lisa Schroeder

In just one week, you will finally be able to get your hands on a sprinkle-covered treat. A cherry-topped sprinkled treat. The author of that treat, Lisa Schroeder, was kind enough to answer a few questions as we await the … Continue reading

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Kind of Perfect Voice: An Interview with Linda Urban

If you’re anything like me, when you think middle-grade voice, the cover of A CROOKED KIND OF PERFECT materializes in your mind’s eye. I think of that book as the pitch-perfect example of middle-grade voice. I couldn’t wait to read … Continue reading

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Pete The Cat: Rocking the NY Times Bestseller List

Ever since my buffalo strapped on his blue backpack, I’ve been more aware of the back-to-school books that show up each summer/fall. When I saw that Pete the Cat had some snazzy new school shoes, I invited author Eric Litwin, … Continue reading

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Labor Day Weekend Instructions

Take a look at today’s New York Times bestseller list for picture books. Note the author sitting in both the number 1 and number 2 spot. Go squeeze some fun out of the last two days of summer. Bring a … Continue reading

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Winner!

Congratulations to Kris Remenar, winner of the Buffalo Swag Fun Pack! And thank you all for these awesome, painful, hilarious, nostalgic memories. Sorry for the end-of-summer lull here on the blog. There’s big stuff ahead….

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