Category: Authors

My Writing Area

You might remember my rather old and clunky writing area from last year. My desk was a makeshift and I had boxes stacked around me. NO MORE! My wonderful family surprised me last Christmas with an elegant new desk. While I was out of…

Monthly Writing Goals

I work well setting overarching goals. I don’t do well with micro goals. If you work the same way you may want to download this chart I created. Here is a PDF version to print and fill in. And here is an RTF version…

NF 2019 Picture Books

In 2020 I’ve read a few dozen “lists” of the best picture books of 2019. Instead of making my own list I decided to give you a peek into some of these 2019 picture books so you can decide for yourself. Whether you are…

Write2Ignite Conference Recap

What a joy to spend time with old friends — especially old writing friends! And this year I had the fun of bringing my grandson, Mikey, along for the Teen Track. The Write2Ignite Conference for Christian Writers of Literature for Children and Young Adults…

SCBWI-Carolinas Conference Recap

A week ago I attended the SCBWI-Carolinas Writers Conference in Charlotte, NC. I learned a few key things that I believe will improve my writing. That makes the conference a success for me–well worth the investment of time and money. My daughter lives nearby,…

Picture Book Women’s History Month-Mary Shelley

A picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall featuring a 2018 picture book about a woman making history! Happy Women’s History Month! She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein was written by Lynn Fulton and illustrated by Felicita Sala. It was published…

Picture Book for Women’s History Month-Jane Austen

A picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall featuring a 2018 picture book about a woman making history! Happy Women’s History Month! Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel was written by Lisa Pliscou and was illustrated by Jen Corace. Henry Holt and Company…

Guest Post at Almost An Author

Hi, writers! Please pop over to Almost An Author to read my guest post “Your Fifteen Minutes” with an editor or agent. Thanks!

G Is For Groundhog – Review

SPOILER ALERT! GIVE-A-WAY IN THIS POST.  G Is For Groundhog is a brand new soft cover picture book by my wonderful friend, Kristi Butler.  It was illustrated by another special friend, Samantha Bell. Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. published it in 2018. G Is For Groundhog is…

The Blue Whale – a Nonfiction Picture Book Review

Another nonfiction picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall. It’s that wonderful time of year again—school restarts after summer break. I love it! I peruse the aisles of department stores admiring the shiny new school supplies. I haven’t taught school for fourteen years, but…

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