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Schenectady Today Interview: Leaping Lemmings

Host Ann Parillo asks me about my picture book Leaping Lemmings!, as well as lemmings themselves, on Schenectady Today. Check out the artwork, the story behind the book, and some … Continue reading

September 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Leaping Lemmings (Officially) Released Today

Larry and company make the leap into bookstores! Regular readers of this blog have heard about Leaping Lemmings! for months now. This brightly colored picture book with a cogent message … Continue reading

September 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

How Putting Together a Picture Book Is Like Managing a Baseball Team

When I was a kid, I was passionate about two things: baseball and reading. There were summers where I barely missed a Phillies game on the radio. I either watched … Continue reading

August 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Being Ready for Unexpected Opportunities — Crashing a VIP Party

Will you be ready if a big moment suddenly drops in your lap? Last week, it was announced that the most famous John Briggs in kidlit sold Holiday House, the … Continue reading

August 21, 2016 · 2 Comments

Favorite Writing Advice: Adding Tension to Your Story

One simple idea can give your story much-needed tension. One phrase — one sentence, really — can help most authors make their stories more tense, more dramatic, more gripping. “If … Continue reading

August 14, 2016 · 2 Comments

Getting Your Book Published: Labor, Luck or Kismet?

Every time somebody says, “Things happen for a reason,” I say, “Yeah, but it doesn’t have to be a good reason.” I’m not exactly a believer in what you’d call … Continue reading

June 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Can You Learn More From Fiction Than Nonfiction?

Learning a little something from everything you read. I’ve said it a hundred times if I’ve said it once: “Write what you know, read what you don’t.” Writing what you … Continue reading

April 28, 2016 · 1 Comment