What do you read for inspiration? I tend to read novels set in whatever time period I am writing about. I like to see how other authors tackle the tricky problems involved in writing historical fiction: authenticity vs. info dumps, history vs. imagination, how they invent the past. During the years I worked on the medieval books, I read
I loved receiving this review for the new middle-grade anthology, Totally Middle School (Delacorte, ed. by Betsy Groban). I hope you’ll discover the wide variety of stories within this book, many of them the right length for a classroom read-aloud, and all of them engrossing for reading on your own. “Featuring an eclectic mix of short stories from a number
What do you do when you’re stuck on a writing project? I don’t sit at my desk and try to push mashed potatoes through a keyhole. I do something else. Walk, putter in the garden, play computer solitaire, eat an orange, do the laundry, nap, or work on a different project. My subconscious seems to work on the problem without me,
What do you find most frustrating about researching a book you’re writing? I know other writers who swear by it (Kirby Larson, I’m looking at you) but I hate reading old newspapers on microfiche. Talk about frustrating. Maybe that’s why I mostly write about pre-newspaper eras.
We Americans have been commemorating our war dead with flowers and speeches for more than 150 years. Each year we hope there will be no more soldiers to bury, but still we send our sons and daughters into battle. Lately I read that 2018 has been deadlier for school children than for soldiers. It’s a hard truth to face. More