Recently I took part in an author’s fair at the Pontiac branch of the Allen County Public Library. It was hosted by Librarian Benita Browning and was a lovely event. A variety of authors with genres from street lit to children’s poetry, memoirs and picture books discussed their books. It was interesting to learn about... Continue Reading →
Speaking to Lancaster Elementary School Students Rocks!
Recently I spoke to 3rd and 4th grade students at Lancaster Elementary School in Ossian IN. My friend Lyn Rodgers arranged it and I thank her and the other teachers for allowing me to speak to their students about the writing process, how I get my ideas for writing and the importance of reading, spelling... Continue Reading →
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference in Fort Wayne was Fab!
I recently attended a regional conference of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). It was held in Fort Wayne and was well attended with 300+ in Hotel Fort Wayne. The speakers were top notch – Lin Oliver, Jane Yolen, Kirsten Cappy, Alice McGinty, Caldecott Finalist Peter Brown. There were many others—too many... Continue Reading →
Dad had a Dalmatian Plantation!
Today is Mother’s Day. I have the best Mom in the world and she has been a wonderful role model for me. I love her very much and am so proud of her. We’ll be dining together tonight. Today is also my Dad’s birthday. I wrote this story years ago about one of Dad’s hobbies.... Continue Reading →
Weave a Beautiful Belt for 50 Cents in 30 Minutes!
It’s fun to get kids excited about crafts. My book, Recipe and Craft Guide to Indonesia, includes 10 crafts made from materials found in your home. Made from yarn, it only requires half a skein depending on the project. This makes it affordable to create gifts for yourself and others! Weaving is an important part... Continue Reading →