First day of school, first plane ride, first kiss, first grandchild – there’s something about firsts. Today is my first appearance on a blog tour!

Preparation is underway for the upcoming fall conference sponsored by Southern Breeze Region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in Birmingham, Alabama on October 20, aptly called Writing and Illustrating for Kids (WIK).

A blog tour, which will be a first for me, introduces the workshop leaders.  I will be leading a workshop called “Story of a Story” about the possibilities in writing for children’s magazines. Beginning today, Bonnie Herold carries my interview at She picked up on the butterfly metaphor on my website and carried that thread through her interview. I’m honored to have someone who pays attention interviewing for my first blog tour.

If you are interested in learning about writing for children, meeting editors and agents, or connecting with other writers and illustrators, learn more about the event at - after you’ve followed me on the blog tour, of course!