All I Can Think About Today

Yesterday author Daniel José Older spoke on a panel of authors and artists discussing diversity in children’s literature. One of the artists on the panel produced the illustrations for a recently published children’s book that is highly rated by critics while also highly criticized by many readers for its depictions of a slave mother and her child smiling through their work in the nineteenth century American South. I do not want to give the book any more press than it has already generated. Daniel José Older’s remarks on the panel to the artist herself were a schooling in what we who write…

Announcing a New Novel from Giant Squid Books Author: 27 Days to Midnight

I am pleased to announce 27 Days to Midnight, a fabulous Steampunk novel coming soon from Giant Squid Books, an indie publisher devoted to emerging authors of Young Adult fiction and their readers. I had the privilege of interviewing the author of 27 Days to Midnight, Kristine Kruppa, in anticipation of the novel’s release. Kristine is a mechanical engineer, writer, and world traveler. Her days are spent designing cool new car parts, but her evenings are filled with writing and cats. She has traveled solo to fourteen countries on four continents. Her other hobbies include hunting for the perfect cup of coffee,…