The Story Behind the Story: The Hawk of the Castle

Recently, The Hawk of the Castle was featured on The Story Behind the Story on Literally Lynne Marie‘s blog. Many of you know my father was a falconer, but not many know of my unusual childhood filled with a menagerie of animals. My upbringing, in hindsight, filled my writer’s mind with bits of nesting scraps to later weave into stories. Learn all about why I wrote this beautiful book (as my father battled dementia), and how it came to be by clicking on the link above or the book page below.

How Poetry Inspires my Picture Books: Author Interview at Cynsations

I had the pleasure of sitting down for an interview with Linda Joy Singleton, a reporter for CYNSATIONS, where we chatted about how my love of poetry influences my picture books, the turning points of my writing career, and my out-of-the-box promotion adventures.

Danna Smith at SCBWI conference in Los Angeles
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