Mining for Heart: “Strong, Sure and Steady: The Beat of Ho’onani’s Heart” by Heather Gale + giveaway!

One of my long-time critique buddies is here with some thoughts on finding the heart in her debut picture book,  HO’ONANI: HULA WARRIOR. Illustrated by Mika Song, the book will release from Tundra Books on Oct. 1, 2019. It’s so exciting to see a manuscript you’ve watched grow and change into a story become a book! AND … More Mining for Heart: “Strong, Sure and Steady: The Beat of Ho’onani’s Heart” by Heather Gale + giveaway!

Mining for Heart: “Start with the Heart!” by Cathy Ballou Mealey

Thank you, Cathy Ballou Mealey, for sharing your process in writing WHEN A TREE GROWS. Besides the quest for heart, Cathy gives us a peek into how she worked out the unique structure for her concept.  As I began writing WHEN A TREE GROWS, I envisioned a series of calamitous, connected events that would be … More Mining for Heart: “Start with the Heart!” by Cathy Ballou Mealey

Mining for Heart: “Tips for Writing a Picture Book with a Mission” by Sarah Jane Abbott

A big THANK YOU to Sarah Jane Abbott, associate editor at Simon and Schuster, for sharing her thoughts today on Mining for Heart. I love opportunities to get a peek into the editorial process and learn how editors see and evaluate manuscripts.  Tips for Writing a Picture Book with a Mission I’m a firm believer … More Mining for Heart: “Tips for Writing a Picture Book with a Mission” by Sarah Jane Abbott

Mining for Heart: “The Battle Within” by Elizabeth Brown

Elizabeth Brown found the heart of her story by examining how her character overcame obstacles. What pulled her through? How did that perseverance manifest itself? Then, how could the author thread that through her story for children? Today we dig deep into DANCING THROUGH FIELDS OF COLOR: THE STORY OF HELEN FRANKENTHALER by Elizabeth Brown, illustrated … More Mining for Heart: “The Battle Within” by Elizabeth Brown

Mining for Heart: “The Metaphor” by Jessie Oliveros

Having experienced loved ones struggling with memory loss in my own family, Jessie Oliveros’ debut picture book, THE REMEMBER BALLOONS, really touched my heart. It’s clear that this story came straight from her own experience, but how does a writer convey an abstract concept like memory loss and make it comprehensible to children?   Thank … More Mining for Heart: “The Metaphor” by Jessie Oliveros

Mining for Heart: “Plucking Heart Strings with Word Choice” by Vivian Kirkfield

Vivian Kirkfield has a really big year coming up in 2019! I had to nab her now to share her process of ‘Mining for Heart’ before she takes off on her trip hopping across the globe and gets too busy with multiple book launches! Thank you, Vivian, for your thoughts on heart as the emotional … More Mining for Heart: “Plucking Heart Strings with Word Choice” by Vivian Kirkfield

Mining for Heart: “Finding the Heart in Hardship” by Hannah Holt

Today I welcome author Hannah Holt who’s sharing her process of finding the heart of her debut picture book THE DIAMOND & THE BOY. What could be more appropriate for this series based on a “mining” metaphor than a story of diamonds! Thank you, Hannah! In one of my early drafts for The Diamond & … More Mining for Heart: “Finding the Heart in Hardship” by Hannah Holt

Mining for Heart: “Make Your Readers FEEL SOMETHING” by Tammi Sauer

I’m so honored to host the amazing Tammi Sauer, a children’s author who has been tickling funny bones for years. Though Tammi has many new picture books, my all time favorite is still CHICKEN DANCE from 2009. Thank you, Tammi, for sharing how you keep us chuckling!   When writing picture books, I always aim … More Mining for Heart: “Make Your Readers FEEL SOMETHING” by Tammi Sauer