On really good days, doing book research means hanging out with sheep and the people who love them.
From the brilliant Matt Phelan: an updated look at Flora and Crispin, a few years after Flora’s Very Windy Day. Interesting that my Boston Terrier, Cagney, managed to wriggle his way into their lives, though Matt made him look a lot calmer than he truly is.
Note, too, how much Flora looks like Lydia Penderwick. Hmm.
Here’s a link to a conversation I had with an English friend. We discuss lambs, dogs, broken limbs, and, of course, writing.
I recently photographed my friends Lisa Yee and Kait Feldmann in my little home studio. Lisa is a renowned and uproariously funny author of children’s books, and Kait is a brilliant and upcoming Editorial Assistant at Scholastic.
Northampton station WRSI (93.9 The River) deejay Monte Belmonte has many talents, including impersonating Elvis Presley. (This photo is from last summer and, yes, Monte is wearing a wig.) He’s also my favorite ever interviewer. Listen here to the two of us discussing the new Penderwicks book, The Penderwicks in Spring.
Recently I took pictures of author/illustrator David Hyde Costello. He brought along props — a puppet and a ukelele — but my favorite shot turned out to be just him, propless.
My first event for The Penderwicks in Spring will be at my very favorite bookstore, Broadside Bookshop in Northampton, Massachusetts, on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 11 a.m. This will be the second day of spring, and I’m hoping there will be crocuses in bloom to help me celebrate. By the way, the Broadside Bookshop is mentioned in my book, which means that we’ll sort of be inside the book while we talk about it.