Creative Spaces Interviews

Bingo Book #2

I forgot to mention last time–if the same book cover appears more than once on your game card, I made a mistake. I was fairly vigilant about checking for this but in the height of my card-making frenzy yesterday, I might have goofed. Each title will only be called once, so if you have duplicates please email me and let me know so I can send you a new and improved card. And now, the next Bingo book cover is. . . Jackson and Bud’s Bumpy Ride: America’s First Cross-Country Automobile Trip by Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff, illustrated by Wes Hargis. Elizabeth was featured on June 21.… Read the rest

Let’s Bingo!

Welcome everyone to the First Possibly Annual (But Let’s Just See How This Goes) Summer Fun Creative Spaces Book Cover Bingo Game! As of typing this post there were 56 people signed up to play–considering my goal was to have enough people signed up that all the prizes could be won, I think you could say I was happily surprised. (And still, great odds for you to win!) Thank you to each of you for participating. Because of you all, we’re in for a fun month! So, everybody have their crisply printed game card? Daubers ready? (If you are visiting here for the first time, visit here for a full run-down on how to play.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Janet Fox

***Just a reminder that this Thursday, July 1, marks the start of Book Cover Bingo, a fun summer game through which you can win some cool prizes. If you have no idea what I’m talking about click here to find out more. If you want to play but haven’t received a game card yet, email me at fromthemixedupfiles(at) and I’ll get one to you ASAP! Now, on with this week’s interview!***  This week we’re stepping inside the workspace of writer Janet Fox. Janet’s debut young adult novel Faithful was published in May of this year. Her novel is one of the 2010 debuts I’ve been most looking forward to reading, and I must not be alone in thinking that because I’ve been on my library’s waiting list for the book since it was published a month and a half ago!… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff

We’re starting this week off with a look at the workspace of author Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff. Liz is a former elementary and middle school teacher who has published a number of books including The ABC’s of Writing for Children, John Muir and Stickeen: An Alaskan Adventure, Louise the One and Only, and her latest title Jackson and Bud’s Bumpy Ride. Jackson and Bud is about the true story of the first cross-country road trip, completed in 1903 by Horatio Jackson, his mechanic Sewall Crocker, and a dog they picked up along the way named Bud. If you thought Oprah and Gayle toughed it out in their cross-country road trip, get a load of this: Horatio Jackson drove a 1903 Winton that clocked an impressive 30 miles per hour at its zippiest.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Liza Woodruff

The other day I mentioned the blog The Dust of Everyday Life, and today I have the pleasure of featuring one of their artists, Liza Woodruff. Liza has been working as a professional illustrator for 13 years and has illustrated 18 books. She studied illustration at The Art Institute of Boston, during which time she also interned with Horn Book. Among the titles she’s illustrated are Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream, Little Bo Peep, and Dancing with Daddy. Three of her books will be published this year including Jack and Jill published by The Child’s World in August, Ten on the Sled by Kim Norman to be published in October by Sterling, and now available for sale at a physical or virtual bookstore near you.… Read the rest