Category Archives: Author Posts

January 31

Cover Reveal: Orphaned by Eliot Schrefer

“Show, don’t tell.” It’s one of those bits of advice that’s been drilled into everyone who’s taken Creative Writing 101: the best writing demonstrates what a character is thinking, instead of telling the reader. I think it’s great advice. This time, though, maybe I’ve taken it a little too far? After writing three YA books […]

January 30

Lola Dutch is a little bit much. A cheerleader for the curious creative child by Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright

I smile to know that right now, somewhere, there is a child propped up in bed with a tottering stack of books beside them. And a knowing parent, librarian, shop owner, or teacher is probably assisting this obsession. There are also corners filled with art supplies, backyards full of “tunnels to China,” and muffin tins […]

January 27

WRITING REAL by Augusta Scattergood

I love answering young readers’ questions: “Which character are you, Glory or Jesslyn?” “Is your dog named Ginger Rogers?” “When you were our age, did you like to play baseball, tap dance, or swimming?”   Here’s a confession from me and other writers who answered my questions. Authors frequently take big and little personal recollections […]

January 26

Cover Reveal of You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P! by Alex Gino

Twelve-year old Jillian Pirillo, the white, hearing main character of You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P!, loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, the Magical Mysterious Vidalia fantasy book series, and her family, including her Deaf baby sister, Emma. She also thinks Derek, a Deaf Black kid in her Vidalia chatroom, is kind of cute. She […]

January 25

Uncanny Expressions: The Importance of Creative Journaling by Kara LaReau

Last week marked the publication of The Uncanny Express, the second in my middle grade series, The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters. I’ve done a bit (okay, more than a bit!) of promotion since then, and I’ve talked a lot about the story — today, I’d like to talk about my writing process, and […]

January 23

How Nellie Bly Introduced Me to My Next Book by Kate Hannigan

Visiting classrooms to talk about researching and writing books, I’m often asked where story ideas come from. I tell students that we can find story ideas everywhere—reading the news, eavesdropping on restaurant conversations, even observing our dogs. I especially love finding them in other books. Such is the case when I was researching a recent […]

January 21

Coco, The First Rule of Punk, and Every Mexican (American) Story Out There by Anna Meriano

When I first heard that Disney had a Day of the Dead movie coming out just a few months before my book release, I admit I felt a twinge of anxiety. But my book is about Día de Muertos, I fretted, What if people think I copied? What if everyone is sick of Day of […]

January 17

Cover Reveal: That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger

  I’ve known for many years that I wanted to write a book about a school shooting. I think the first time the idea came into my head was my junior year of high school. We’d gone into lockdown, and I’d assumed it was one of our annual drills. We’d been doing them since third […]

January 15

The Accidental Historian by Veera Hiranandani

  People say children are sponges. It is true that some kids just absorb things. They learn facts like names and dates without too much trouble and soak up the information they’re asked to learn. They are amazing. I was not one of those kids. I was an inconsistent student, and always had a difficult […]

January 10

On Not Being a Reader by Kevin Crossley-Holland

Long ago and not so long, I drove over to have a look at the little village of Whiteleaf in the Chiltern Hills where I was born and lived until I was sixteen.  A huddle of cottages crouching under a majestic hill, surrounded by beechwoods, magical as all childhood places (or at least our memories […]