By Salima Alikhan
My most recent release, Soraya and the Mermaid, illustrated by Jen Naalchigar and Atieh Sohrabi (Reycraft, 2020), is the first in a series. The second book, Soraya and the Dragon, releases this spring.
Working on a series means constant collaboration and communication with an editor. I am so thankful that my editor, Sarah Jane Brian,
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By Amy Alznauer
Discovering a New Magic at the Heart of the Creative Life
As artists, we spend most of our time alone in a room writing or drawing. On our bad days, we wonder if our efforts are nothing more than a narcissistic pursuit of a private vision.
I spent many days like this as I worked for over a decade – pre-agent,
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By Gayleen Rabakukk
Today I’m excited to interview two fellow Vermont College of Fine Arts graduates, Tami Lewis Brown and Debbie Loren Dunn about their new nonfiction picture book, Instructions Not Included, illustrated by Chelsea Beck (Disney-Hyperion, 2019).
Congratulations on Instructions Not Included! It’s a fun and inspiring book. Can you tell us what drew you to this project?
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By Traci Sorell
Rarely do we see biographies of Native people post-1900, so the biography of Elizabeth Peratrovich, Fighter in Velvet Gloves (University of Alaska Press, 2019), by Annie Boochever with Roy Peratrovich, Jr. (Tlingit) is a welcome addition in children’s literature.
The book recently represented the state of Alaska at the National Book Festival in Washington,
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By Traci Sorell
Spring is in the air. Time for planting seeds and stories. Today’s spotlight is on a new picture book author duo, Miranda and Baptiste Paul. While separately they’ve published picture books, their first co-creations were recently published.
This month they’ll begin a U.S. book tour with Tantoh Nforba Dieudonne, the subject of their newest picture book,
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By Helena Echlin
Yesterday we heard from Gillian French about techniques for building suspense.
Today Helena Echlin shares her take on giving your readers goosebumps.
And if you looking for even more ways to scare your readers,
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By Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick
Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick
“Writing is a solitary occupation and one of its hazards is loneliness.” – Joyce Carol Oates
“The writing life is essentially one of solitary confinement.” – Will Self
“Writing is an antisocial act.” – Martha Grimes
Solitary, lonely, antisocial – except for when it’s not.
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By Patti Buff
for SCBWI Bologna 2016
and Cynthia Leitich Smith‘s Cynsations
Kathleen Ahrens was born in the suburbs of New York City and aspired to be an astronaut and to live in a skyscraper. Poor eyesight led her to forgo the first dream, but her move to Hong Kong allowed her to finally fulfill the second.
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By Karen Rock
From the promotional copy of Creed by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie (Flux, 2014):
Three of us went in.
Three of us came out.
None even a shadow of who they once were.
When their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere,
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