TAKE 5 with Kim-Hoa Ung

Author’s name: Kim-Hoa Ung Illustrator’s name: Kim-Hoa Ung What is your upcoming book title? A GIFT FOR NAI NAI Date of release: December 5th, 2023 Preorder or Order link:     https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250871596/agiftfornainai https://www.shoponceuponatime.com/signed-books-kim-hoa-ung (for signed copies) Publisher: Macmillan – Feiwel & Friends Agent: Miranda Paul Agency: Erin Murphy Literary Agency Hometown: Los Angeles, California “LynContinue reading “TAKE 5 with Kim-Hoa Ung”

TAKE 5 with Anna Lazowski

Dark Cloud is a lyrical story about a young girl who visualizes a dark cloud representing her depression as a way of coping with her feelings. The imagery in the words and in the illustrations capture the reality of depression perfectly. Author’s name: Anna Lazowski Illustrator’s name: Penny Neville-Lee Other book titles: T. Rexes Can’tContinue reading “TAKE 5 with Anna Lazowski”


Author’s name: Mary Munson Illustrator’s name: Kate Talbot What is your book title? Love Will Turn You Around Date of release: 4/5/2023 Preorder or Order link:    https://www.amazon.com/Love-Will-Turn-You-Around/dp/1957655011/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2T05L9X7Q92JE&keywords=love+will+turn+you+around+mary+munson&qid=1681854070&sprefix=LOve+will+turn+you%2Caps%2C492&sr=8-1 Publisher: Gnome Road Publishing Hometown: Rocky Hill, Connecticut When Heart feels all wrong, his friends want to help him turn things around. But when he can’t rollContinue reading “TAKE 5 WITH MARY MUNSON”

Where to Find Ideas for Picture Books

Picture books are a wonderful medium for telling stories, conveying information, and sparking the imagination of young readers. However, coming up with ideas for picture books can be challenging, even for experienced writers and illustrators. If you’re struggling to come up with ideas for your next picture book, here are some helpful tips and resourcesContinue reading “Where to Find Ideas for Picture Books”

Introducing My New Feature: Take 5

I am excited to introduce my new blog feature, TAKE 5, where picture book authors answer five questions about their books/lives and advise on all sorts of matters, from publishing to what places everyone should visit. You might be surprised by some of your author friends’ answers! As a bonus, I will offer an activityContinue reading “Introducing My New Feature: Take 5”


One of my goals for 2023 is to start a feature called TAKE 5, where I interview authors with quick questions about their books, writing process, and tips. It’s a win/win situation. They get free publicity for their book with the almost 7,000 followers I have on socials, and I gain subscribers to this websiteContinue reading “GOALS!”

How I Got My Agent: A Story of ALMOSTS

I have an agent, and the way this came about is a headscratcher. Keep reading, and you’ll see why. First, let’s start with the contest, #moodpitch. It was a new Twitter pitch contest that no one knew anything about. For two years, I participated in every pitch contest out there, and now there was aContinue reading “How I Got My Agent: A Story of ALMOSTS”

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