An Interview with Author Jane Yolen | Books

Here’s a fascinating interview with Jane Yolen. She discusses, among other things, folklore and “fakelore.” If you’re curious about the difference, click on the link. As writers, whether knowingly or not, we churn up the story material of previous generations, and the study of traditional stories is a very good idea.

An Interview with Author Jane Yolen | Books.

PiBoIdMo Day 9: Kelly Light Drives Through Roadblocks « Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

If you have ever been told you couldn’t do something, or that you should just give up, here’s an article you should read right now. It isn’t just for writers or illustrators. It’s for everyone with a dream.

PiBoIdMo Day 9: Kelly Light Drives Through Roadblocks « Writing for Kids (While Raising Them).

PiBoIdMo Day 5: Just Keep Running Like James Burks « Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

Even if you are not doing any of the challenges this November, you can take a giant step toward completing a current project by reading some of the blogs, following Facebook pages, or downloading resources. Today’s post on Tara Lazar’s blog is from James Burks, a graphic novelist, but is not about writing, at least not directly. It is about becoming a runner. It’s a quick read and worth it. The link below will take you there.

PiBoIdMo Day 5: Just Keep Running Like James Burks « Writing for Kids (While Raising Them).

Author ‘Snicket’s’ fortunate career – SFGate

This morning, before heading off to shower and then getting to work on my various challenges, I’d like to share an excellent interview with the author of the smash-hit Lemony Snicket series.

Author ‘Snicket’s’ fortunate career – SFGate.

Writers in New York During and After Hurricane Sandy

Into every writer’s life, a little rain must fall, sometimes even a hurricane. Here’s a post about the realities of being a writer in New York in the aftermath of the biggest hurricane to hit the city in memory. Everyone has interruptions, but this is ridiculous.

To everyone on the Atlantic Coast, our thoughts are with you.

The Write Routine: Wednesday Writers Weigh In: When the Monsters are Real.

Illustrator Saturday – Lisa Anchin « Writing and Illustrating

Inspiration for Picture Book Idea Month! Here’s an interview with Lisa Anchin.

Illustrator Saturday – Lisa Anchin « Writing and Illustrating.

Children’s Books Maine Caldecott Winners by Robert McCloskey

In the days before National Picture Book Idea Month, it’s fun to look at favorite picture books by other authors and illustrators. Today, with Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the east coast of the United States (friends and family there–you are in our thoughts), the beautiful classic Time of Wonder  by Robert McCloskey comes to mind. In McCloskey’s books, the setting was a character. 

Thinking about your own life, what places are special to you? What story ideas do they inspire?

Children’s Books Maine Caldecott Winners by Robert McCloskey.

Colm Tóibín: you have to be a terrible monster to write – Telegraph

If you have time this afternoon, you might want to read this delightful interview with a fascinating author.

Colm Tóibín: you have to be a terrible monster to write – Telegraph.