Back in 2013, before I had taken any picture book writing classes and before I had attended any conferences, I really felt like a newbie. Luckily, there were fabulous kid-lit people who lived in my neck of the woods (I lived in Colorado Springs at the time) – and when an opportunity came to attend a book launch for Peter Brown and his MR. TIGER GOES WILD at the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver, one of my dear friends, Stacy Jensen, said she would drive. It was a fabulous afternoon, not only because I got to meet Peter Brown, but more importantly because I got to meet the two Julies…Julie Hedlund, the founder of 12×12, and Julie Rowan-Zoch, author/illustrator extraordinaire!
Most of my Will Write for Cookies’ guests – in fact, most of the people I’ve connected with in this incredible kid lit community – are ‘just’ internet friends. But a very special few I have met in person – and Julie is one of those!
A few weeks before my departure from Colorado, there was an author event at the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver. I actually got to listen to Peter Brown read Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. And while that was an honor, the biggest thrill for me was going to lunch with several Colorado writers including: Julie Hedlund, Stacy Jensen, Sheri McCrimmon, and our featured author/illustrator, Julie Rowan-Zoch.