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Dreamwalks October 2019

SQUEAK! with Laura McGee Kvasnosky

This month Dreamwalks is thrilled to welcome the amazing author/Illustrator Laura McGee Kvasnosky Laura’s stopping by to share her newest book with us. Praise for Squeak! “The text is melodic and vivid [and] a joy to read aloud . . . A surefire hit for storytime, one-on-one reading, and gift giving.” — Booklist (starred review)… Read more

Confessions of an Artist

Dearest Dreamwalkers, this lovely article by Margaret Kellermann — first published in Senior News, Eureka, California — is Dreamwalker gold. Can you relate? Admitting: The First Step Hi, I’m Margaret, and I’m an artist. I’ve had this… addiction … for 50-some years. It started in my family of origin. My mom — a recovering kindergarten… Read more

Nobody Sane Writes a Novel

This month, Laura Moe, author of BREAKFAST WITH NERUDA, takes a Dreamwalk with us, sharing her characters, her process, and offering some Dreamwalker a signed copy of one of her new books. Nobody sane writes a novel, and it takes a special kind of crazy to craft a series. When I wrote my YA debut,… Read more

When to Speak About Your Story

Sometimes there’s a feeling of depletion when I send a novel off. New story ideas float around, but none feel strong because I don’t feel strong. I’ve learned when this happens to wait. To make no demands on myself. I was looking over my notes today and found something I’d written a while back when… Read more

Unpacking the mind of Peter V. Kahle

Today Dreamwalks takes a walk with author Peter Kahle. Peter will be joining this year’s faculty for the  Full-Bodied Writing Retreat, “Entering the Heart of Your Story,”  June 28-30. (Currently 1 space left. Sign up Here or add your name to the waitlist. More info below.) Photo Andrew Bond in pirate hat, Peter and his… Read more

Author Rosanne Parry. Inhabiting the Other

Welcome to Creative Conversations, discussions on the creative process. Find a comfy seat, lean in close and eavesdrop in on our conversation. Today I’m talking with gifted author Rosanne Parry  who just came out with two new titles gleaning starred reviews! Rosanne Parry is the author of the many award winning novels including Heart of… Read more

Author Brings 5000 books to Paradise Schools after Fire

Today we’re going on an amazing Dreamwalk with award-winning children’s author Lee Wardlaw who journeyed 500 miles to Paradise, CA to deliver books to the school children who lost their homes and schools in the devastating 2018 fire. Janet: What first gave you the idea to bring books to Paradise? Lee: Living in southern California,… Read more

What Do Readers Want to Tell Writers?

Books cannot come to life without readers. Readers co-create stories envisioning characters and story worlds in their imaginations. With that in mind I asked librarian, bibliophile, book blogger and fellow dragon enthusiast, Alyssa Bussard, to visit us here on Dreamwalks to try an experiment–Author interviews Reader/Reader interviews Author (and we share cat pics). When I… Read more

Explore the Boundaries of Art

Welcome to another Creativity Dreamwalk. Today I’m talking with my longtime friend Jill Trepp Sahlstrom. Janet: Jill and I first met in our college days. Friends and creative colleagues we’ve walked through many years together. It’s such a pleasure to have you here on Dreamwalks, Jill. Jill: Thanks. It’s good to be here. Janet: Let’s… Read more

Family Secrets Unearthing Story Maureen McQuerry

Welcome to Creative Conversations. This month we’re exploring how surprises, sometimes dark, sometimes joyful, can dramatically change our lives and our stories. This is what happened to my friend and fellow novelist, Maureen McQuerry as she began writing her latest book, Between Before & After. Come close and read about her astounding revelations in the conversation… Read more