If I’d known how long and difficult the path to publication would be for my new young adult novel, Playing by Heart (Vinspire Publishing, 2017), I might never have started down this road. The journey began when I set out to write a picture book biography of a little-known 18th-century female mathematician.
Fall in Line, Holden! follows Holden, a young Navajo boy, through his day at boarding school.
Nine-year-old Maria Singh longs to play softball in the first-ever girls’ team forming in Yuba City,
I’ve alway thought of myself as a girly-girl writer. Although I’ve written bios for kids that appeal to both boys and girls—many of them in the popular Who Was series (Grosset & Dunlap) —my real love is girl-friendly stories. I like dolls—no fewer than five of my children’s books have had the words doll or doll house in the title—and all the girly stuff that goes with them.
When a young girl helps tend to her grandmother’s garden,
My current work in progress is a middle grade historical fantasy set in 1903.
Delving into the past has made me think about how history is presented in novels and the balance between real and imaginary.
For more insight on that topic,
CSK Author Award Acceptance Speech by Rita Williams-Garcia from The Horn Book. Peek:
“…upon occasion, our histories are bound by peace and wonder as people of the planet Earth, looking up as we did on one night in the summer of 1969.
“In spite of some current rhetoric,
As an aspiring writer for children, one of the many dividends of marrying my beautiful and gifted wife Melissa Iwai…
(am I right or am I right?)
was finding someone to collaborate with on picture books.
Seeing as I knew she was an extraordinary illustrator,
By Janet S. Fox
Some of my favorite books ever are the books of C.S. Lewis’s Narnia series. The fantasy of leaving home and entering a land where a child can experience talking animals, mythological creatures, desperate (and deadly) battles – where a child can be perceived as making real, respected choices –
What was your initial inspiration for writing Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig, illustrated by Charlotte Voake (Schwartz & Wade, 2016)?