Of Dr. Seuss and SCBWI

Whitney has been featured in Of Dr. Seuss and SCBWI: Serendipity and Global Connections. Read the Full Article

SCWBI Presents!

Whitney featured in SCWBI Bookstop… Introducing Mindful Kids, the one-of-a-kind mindfulness activity deck for kids age 4 to 104! Make any moment mindful from morning to night with 5 categories of cards, designed to fit into each part of the day. Whimsical full-color illustrations on both... Read More

How Kids Can Cope With Stress in Our Unpredictable New Reality

Whitney Stewart featured in Parent.com In the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, six of the largest school districts in the United States closed, and 1.7 million American students missed school. This figure doesn’t take into account school interruptions after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and elsewhere where officials have no clear timeline for school re-openings for over 350,000 students. Read the Full Article

Finding Reiner: Disaster to Discovery

First published on TravelGumbo.com On Monday August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. My son, my elderly German mother-in-law, Lütte, and I were hunkered down in my husband’s office at Tulane Medical School. Our decision to stay seemed smart at the time.

My Writing Process Blog Tour

Fellow Hen&ink Literary mate and young adult novelist Hannah Goodman (bio below) tagged me for a writer’s blog tour that asks writers four questions about the writing process. I’ll blab about what I’ve been doing for the past two years and then tap two talented colleagues who’ll carry the blog forward: Cyndi Briggs and Tori McCagg. Don’t forget to read below to learn about my three talented colleagues.

The Hard Stuff

Travel is easy—okay, maybe not easy, but exciting—and writing is tough. I’m home now and stuck at my desk, but my mind escapes into the images of memory. Today I tap into a mental forest while my pal Lukasz scans the physical one. Who will return with the goods?

Finding Reiner #8: Trail’s End?

First published on TravelGumbo.com I’m reluctant to say goodbye to Łukasz and his family because now I want to buy my own metal detector and continue digging in Poland. But, Paweł and I have a long drive ahead to Świeradów Zdrój, a Polish spa town in the Lower Silesian Voivodeship, near the Czech border.

Finding Reiner #7: Shrapnel & Bones

First published on TravelGumbo.com   Paweł and I are back in his little red car on one-lane Polish roads behind tractors. Google Maps underestimates our driving time, and we’re going nowhere fast. Nothing fazes Paweł though, and he’s ready with cameras for any kind of stop.

Finding Reiner #6: Frozen Grave

First published on TravelGumbo.com “To be honest, I no longer try to calculate how things are going to turn out in this war. No one is going to escape unscathed. One must not be miserly with the little life that we have. Those who are anxious and fearful, they will be struck first. But one must not gamble with his life either for he will get what he has earned. That is the lesson of this war.” Reiner, October 31, 1944, front line trenches