Me smiling

Hi everyone,
Picture by Nathan Papes/Springfield News-Leader

My thanks to Springfield News-Leader and journalist Juliana Goodwin for featuring me as part of my 50th anniversary celebration.
For those of you who take the News-Leader, the story will be printed in Sunday’s edition.

An interview for the archives

Hi everyone,

On Tuesday Tom Peters, Dean of Meyer Library on the Missouri State University campus in Springfield, came over to do a video/interview about my work for their archives. This was the second session about my writing. After editing, the videos will be added to the collection of manuscripts and correspondence that I recently placed in the MSU archives. Both interviews ran over an hour so if you should ever want to watch them, better take your computer to a comfortable chair.

The first time Tom interviewed me was for the MSU series, OZARK VOICES. That was in September 2014 and was also a long one. Here’s the link to it. I’m #23. .

This afternoon I have more than a dozen errands to run. Getting set to goo foff is serious business!

New interview on ALSC

Hi everyone,

I’m delighted to be featured on the current blog post of ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children). I’m grateful to Sarah Bean Thompson, Youth Services Manager at The Library Center, for doing the interview and posting the results to share with 4,000 members around the United States. Membership includes children’s and youth librarians, children’s literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members, and other adults committed to improving and ensuring the future of the nation through exemplary library service to children, their families, and others who work with children.

Here’s the link for anyone interested in reading and/or sharing the post with others.

My sincere thanks to Sarah!

Live interview now

Hi everyone,

Just received this information about a previously taped interview. I didn’t embarrass myself too much so I hope you’ll tune in. The featured book is A PLACE TO START A FAMILY, but the chat widens to talk about writing for children in general.

“Your interview is now LIVE on the DIY MFA website. You’ll find the show notes page here:

The episode is also available on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, and Google Play.
Stitcher Radio:
Google Play:

Okay, back into the wheel. Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines!

Upcoming events

Hi everyone,

Before much longer I’ll be back in the wheel. My calendar for the next eight weeks includes a book signing at Sundog Books (March 10), being featured on Steve Grant’s noon show on KY3 television (March 14), Warrensburg Children’s Literature Festival (March 18-20), Larry Freund’s radio talk show (March 22), Texas Library Association annual conference (April 3-5; including participating in a 4-hour poetry workshop and being a featured poet at Poetry Rodeo), giving an evening program at The Library Center (Aril 10), a school visit in Kirksville, MO (April 16), joining MSU’s professor/poet Marcus Cafagna on Randy Stewart’s radio show to celebrate poetry month (April 20), and attending a banquet at Drury’s Breech School of Business to honor inductees into its Hall of Fame (April 27; I was inducted in 2004). I’ll provide more details as the events occur.