I was tagged in the Writing Process Blog Tour by one of my talented critique partners, Carrie Pearson. Carrie is an insightful critiquer and a fantastic writer. She’s the author of the picture books, A Warm Winter Tail and A Cool Summer Tail, and I have no doubt there will be many more books with her name on them on bookshelves in the near future. Carrie is also the co-RA for SCBWI-Michigan. I don’t know how she finds time to do it all! Here are my answers to the blog tour questions, and below those, you’ll find the two writers I tagged to answer them next.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Chiêu Anh Urban (and a Giveaway!)

  Joining us today for Creative Spaces is author/illustrator Chiêu Anh Urban. Chiêu is the creator of novelty books, her most recent being Away We Go! A Shape and Seek Book. Away We Go! is a concept book about basic shapes, published by Scholastic, Cartwheel. Triangles become sailboats and hearts become airplanes as each spread reveals a different mode of transportation made from bright colors and geometric shapes. Die-cuts of shapes are layered throughout each page, for a fun shape-and seek-game.  The challenge is to find the vehicles in the shapes and the shapes in the vehicles.   Not only is Chiêu a wonderful creative talent, but she is generous and kind-hearted too.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Melanie Crowder

Melanie Crowder is the author of Parched, her middle grade debut novel which published this month. A bit about Parched from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt:  Sarel is a girl with secrets. She knows which tree roots reach down deep to pools of precious water. But now she must learn how to keep herself and her dogs alive. Nandi is the leader of those dogs. She knows they can’t last long without water–and she knows, too, that a boy is coming; a boy with the water song inside him. Musa is that boy. His talent for finding water got him kidnapped by brutal men, yet he’s escaped, running away across the thirsty land that nearly claims his life.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Tara Lazar

Tara Lazar is a children’s book author and the creator of PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month), the picture book writer’s answer to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). This month marks the publication of Tara’s debut picture book, The Monstore:   The Monstore is a one-stop shop for all your monsterly needs in this enormously funny story that’s full of friendly, kooky creatures.  “At the back of Frankensweet’s Candy Shoppe, under the last box of sour gumballs, there’s a trapdoor.  Knock five times fast, hand over a bag of squirmy worms, and you can crawl inside The Monstore.” The Monstore is the place to go for all of your monsterly needs.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Corina Vacco

Corina Vacco is a young adult author who lives in Berkeley, California. This week marks the publication of her debut novel, My Chemical Mountain. Her novel won the Delacorte Prize for a first young adult novel and is an official YA selection at the Wordstock Literary Festival in Portland, Oregon.   The story behind My Chemical Mountain is an interesting one. While living in western New York, Corina came across a real-life toxic town situated near one of the most dangerous landfills in the world. It contained chemical waste from Love Canal and other environmental disasters, along with radioactive waste leftover from the Manhattan Project.… Read the rest