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Dreamwalks March 2018

Indie Bookstore Roar for University Book Store, Seattle

And now for an Indie Bookstore Roar! This month Melissa Barnes is here to roar for Seattle’s University Book Store, independent since (drumroll please!) 1900. I work at University Book Store (University District, which is the main branch of the store). I work in the Children’s Department a few days a week as well as… Read more

Finding a Character’s Hidden Heart: Martha Brockenborough

Welcome to Creative Conversations. Uber-talented author Martha Brockenborough is here with me today. Martha is the award-winning author of nine books. From beloved picture books like her latest Love, Santa, to her recently released historical fiction, Alexander Hamilton – Revolutionary, to her acclaimed novels, Devine Intervention, and 2016 winner of the Washington State Book Award The… Read more

Indie Bookstore Roar

Happy New Year! We’re starting off 2018 with the inaugural Indie Bookstore Roar! Annie Carl who runs The Neverending Bookshop in downtown Bothell, WA has agreed to do our very first roar. I met Annie at Laurie Thompson’s book event for Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive!. Here we are together. I knew the… Read more

Megan Chance Your Novel’s First Pages

Welcome to Creative Conversations. Today I’m talking with the critically acclaimed award-winning author, Megan Chance.                                 Find Megan’s books here.  I met Megan recently at Write on the Sound where we presented workshops. We shared a table with her friend… Read more

Monster-a-Day Man Kevan Atteberry

Welcome to Creative Conversations. Today I’m talking with the author/illustrator and Mr. Monster-a-Day, Kevan Atteberry. In Bunnies!!! shirt and with me at his Puddles!!! book launch.                 We’ve known each other for years through our terrific SCBWI Western WA network and through our awesome literary agents Erin Murphy… Read more

Wendy Wahman Driven To Draw

Welcome to Creative Conversations. Today I’m talking with Wendy Wahman. Wendy is an award-winning illustrator who frankly admits she’s driven to draw. With a mile long list of clients from A-Z, (New York Times in the Ns) a long illustration career at the Seattle Post-Intellingencer, and a passion for children’s book illustration, we have a lot… Read more

Creative Conversation Agent Irene Kraas

Welcome to Creative Conversations: discussions about the creative process. Today I’m talking with my long-time friend, literary agent, Irene Kraas. Irene was my agent from 1998 until 2013 when she essentially retired and I began working with Ammi-Joan Paquette. Irene still takes on a small number of select new clients (see more on this at… Read more

World Building

I just finished teaching the World Building Master Class at Pacific Northwest Writers Conference.   There was so much to cover. Along with the info, I gave a number of examples from sci-fi and fantasy books by many authors. The workshop reminded me of the material I sent to fellow author and illustrator, Ruth Sanderson for… Read more

Doodle Power!

Welcome to Creative Conversations: discussions about the creative process. Today I’m talking with uber-cool author/illustrator Elizabeth Rose Stanton. Janet: I’ve been a longtime fan of Elizabeth Rose Stanton’s playful picture books. When I ran into her at a recent book signing, I got in line behind her to ask if she’d do a CC with… Read more

Say Yay to the Yaysayers

Welcome to Creative Conversations: discussions about the creative process. Today I’m talking with uber-talented Margaret Kellermann “Pay attention!” It’s what teachers say when you’re trying to nap. But it’s good to pay attention, even if you’d rather not. When Margaret Kellermann was 10 years old, she walked a mile through the snow with her brother… Read more