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I'm a Featured Sweetheart at the Texas Sweethearts Blog Today

Card_tx_sweet_front_525_300 The Texas Sweethearts is a fairly new group website and blog run by three Austin, Texas authors of books for children and teens:

They all write from the heart, and from the heart of Texas. Their emphasis on "seeing the joy in the face of a child discovering a love of reading" makes it clear that they are kindred spirits of mine.

The Texas Sweethearts have been running a series of interviews with Featured Sweethearts on their blog (and are accepting nominations from readers). They started with fellow Austin author Cynthia Leitich Smith, and have since interviewed librarian Felice Feldman, consultant Cailin O'Connor, writer and literary agent reader Casey McCormick, and author and past ALAN-President David Macinnis Gill.   

Today, I am honored to report that the Texas Sweethearts are featuring/interviewing me. They asked some great questions (thought-provoking questions, too, like "how do you see the future of books for kids and the importance of the Internet in that future?"), and gave me the chance to share a few photos. I hope that you'll check it out! 

I'm extra-pleased to be connected to the Texas Sweethearts, because I spent 3 1/2 enjoyable years living in Austin. I was in grad school for engineering at the time, and had no idea of the thriving and welcoming KidLit community in Austin. But knowing that this community is there now just adds to my already fond feelings about the area. Thanks, Jessica, P. J., and Jo! 

Click here for the interview.