How the Finch Got His Colors

How the Finch Got His Colors

I began my journey toward publication in April of 2016. I was teaching first grade at the time and was in the beginning stages of planning out a unit on folktales. As I researched titles to use in the classroom (that aligned with the Common Core standards), I noticed...
Writing as Therapy

Writing as Therapy

Several years after I converted from Judaism to Christianity, I began the practice of journaling. While rigorous and punishing, the exercise helped me to overcome psychic dissonance by processing confusing thoughts and emotions. I framed my story as a coherent whole...
Finding Your Own Happy

Finding Your Own Happy

There are no magic numbers, formulas, or words to feel “good enough.” This is one of the great discoveries I’ve made on my writing journey. Great reviews, blog spotlights, and your mother’s highest praise are not enough to push the little whispers of uncertainty from...
True Stories of a Picture Book Maker

True Stories of a Picture Book Maker

By Patricia Keeler   A Wannabe I sat on the bed and put my feet up on the bathtub. Something was tapping on the window. But the glass was painted over, so I didn’t know what. I’d made it to the tiny New York apartment of a friend of a friend of a friend. I...