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Quotable Tuesday-Janice Scully

Today’s quote comes us from my friend and fellow VCFA classmate Janice Scully. I adore Janice. I love her thoughtfulness. I love her poetry. I love that she was a practicing doctor. I love that grew up working in …


Gulp…Scary Thing Up Ahead

Writers are storytellers, right?

Sort of. Writers write stories down. We craft beginnings, middles and endings. We revise; we tweak; we hone. We read what we’ve written aloud. It is a very different thing to get up in front an …


Quotable Tuesday-Cynthia Levinson

Cynthia Levinson

Today I am thrilled to welcome friend and fellow Austin author Cynthia Levinson to Quotable Tuesday. Cynthia has written what I think will  become a seminal book in children’s literature. The book, We’ve Got A Job: The 1963


Thinking in the Dark

About a year ago, the Wall Street Journal ran an article by Megan Cox entitled Darkness Too Visible which opined that young adult literature is too dark, too gratuitously edgy. An outcry on the kid lit twitter and blog spheres …


Quotable Tuesday-K.A. Nuzum

Today’s quote comes to us from my friend, fellow VCFA alum and author of the outstanding middle grade novel, The Leanin’ Dog, K. A. Nuzum.

Before I get to her quote, I need to tell you a wee story. …


Quotable Tuesday-Kelly Bennett

Today’s quote comes to us from my friend, fellow VCFA alum and author of many, many picture books Kelly Bennett. Kelly reminds me a lot of my oldest sister. Bright, sunny, forthright and fiercely protective of people she loves …


Laughter from the Cave

I am deep into a revision of my novel so I have been away from the cyberwaves. Yesterday, though, Greg Delaney poked his head in because he knew I needed a laughing break. And I did. A lot.

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Quotable Tuesday-Anne Westrick

Today’s quote comes to us from my friend and fellow VCFA alum Anne Westrick. She is currently working with her editor on a revision of her YA novel, due to come out in 2013. I’ve read bits of that …



So each morning, I open up my email queue and get a cartoon by Harry Bliss delivered to me. Free. They make me smile. Even when I am too busy. Especially when I am busy. And that’s a very good …


Quotable Tuesday-Stephanie Greene

 I thought I would begin the new year with a quote from my friend and fellow VCFA alum Stephanie Greene. Stephanie is the author of over 20 books, including two marvelous chapter book series: Sophie Hartley and Princess Posey.