Behind the Scenes: “The Village of Writers —NF Fest” by Pat Miller

I have to say, I couldn’t have made it to published without the collective knowledge and generosity of the kid lit village. Big thanks to all those who share their experience and create forums for learning!  THE VILLAGE OF WRITERS –NF FEST by Pat Miller I couldn’t have published six fiction picture books by myself. … More Behind the Scenes: “The Village of Writers —NF Fest” by Pat Miller

Behind the Scenes: “Write What You Know?” by Michelle Lord

It’s so exciting to see a critique partner’s books come out—manuscripts you’ve watched develop from the early stages, take shape, and find their polished form. Michelle Lord and I must have both started investigating Maria Toorpakai Wazir about the same time, unbeknownst to each other. I set it aside, but Michelle kept on it. I … More Behind the Scenes: “Write What You Know?” by Michelle Lord

Behind the Scenes: “Being the 1st Is Not Enough”

Being the 1st is not enough.” I’ve heard these words from editors who probably receive way too many picture book manuscripts about someone who did something first. Authors scramble to uncover inventions and accomplishments, discoveries and honors, breakthroughs and court victories. Being first is commendable and implies individual greatness, but it’s not always interesting, engaging, … More Behind the Scenes: “Being the 1st Is Not Enough”

Mining for Heart: “The Heart of Humor” by Michael Sussman

If you saw last week’s Perfect Picture Book Friday post on DUCKWORTH THE DIFFICULT CHILD, you might be curious as to how Michael Sussman comes up with his ideas. Well….here he is to share his process of “mining” for the heart of humor. Thanks, Michael! The Heart of Humor Is anything more delightful than the … More Mining for Heart: “The Heart of Humor” by Michael Sussman

Behind the Scenes: “Writing a picture book biography – Stop or Go?” by Anne Renaud

Today we go Behind the Scenes with author Anne Renaud as she explores the writer’s all important decision of whether to go ahead with a picture book biography or not. Heading down the rabbit hole of research involves a lot of time and effort. I love historical figures that have been lurking in the shadows, … More Behind the Scenes: “Writing a picture book biography – Stop or Go?” by Anne Renaud

Behind the Scenes: “Craft Nuggets and Heartbeats” by Kim Tomsic

Take a peek “Behind the Scenes” as Kim Tomsic shares some of the learning from her writing journey, including some great resources. Thanks, Kim! “What’s your story about?” In my early writing days, I’d answer this question with, “…and this happens, and that happens, and so on.” I thought layering on multiple exciting events was … More Behind the Scenes: “Craft Nuggets and Heartbeats” by Kim Tomsic

Behind the Scenes: “Mood, Tone, Theme & Story Weaving” By Sophia Gholz

Today Sophia Gholz, author of THE BOY WHO GREW A FOREST, gives us a look “behind the scenes” at a few of the finer threads in the fabric of story. Mood, tone, and theme, done well, work seamlessly to ground a story and let the characters and plot shine.  Mood, Tone, Theme & Story Weaving … More Behind the Scenes: “Mood, Tone, Theme & Story Weaving” By Sophia Gholz

Behind the Scenes: “Parallel Paths” by Caroline Starr Rose

When a historical fiction or narrative nonfiction story features two characters, such as An Inconvenient Alphabet, the task of researching becomes more complex. But when your two characters are going around the world in opposite directions, the challenge of connecting them is even more difficult. Here, Caroline Starr Rose shares her research and organization process for … More Behind the Scenes: “Parallel Paths” by Caroline Starr Rose

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: “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