Category Archives: Author Posts

January 18

DOC AND THE DETECTIVE – Cover reveal by Tim Tingle and McLain Moore

From author Tim Tingle: My career as a detective began when I was ten years old and in the fifth grade. Almost every night I’d fall asleep reading a Hardy Boys detective book, so I grew up looking for criminals. One evening I was buying snacks from nearby store when I noticed a young man […]

January 16

Ssssssssssssssssnakes and finding your way past fear by Kathryn Dennis

When I was in 7th grade, my junior high science class raised money to purchase a baby boa constrictor. Richter The Boa Constrictor named after the instructor, Mr. Richter. It was allowed to wiggle free in the classroom, so I had to perform active surveillance before selecting a desk each day. These were desks with […]

January 15

Cover Reveal: MAYBE HE JUST LIKES YOU by Barbara Dee

How do you write a book about sexual harassment without any sexual content? This was my challenge in writing MAYBE HE JUST LIKES YOU. Ever since the #MeToo movement got rolling last year, I knew I wanted to write a middle grade novel about the “boys-will-be-boys” behavior which, if unchecked, eventually leads to the kind […]

January 11

Fact VS Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills In the Age of Fake News by Jennifer LaGarde and Darren Hudgins

  Let’s start by making one thing clear: writing Fact VS Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills In the Age of Fake News was not a labor of love. Don’t get us wrong, we loved working together. We loved our research driven writing process. We loved our editorial team. And we loved being able to share […]

January 08

BECOMING A WRITER WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF FAMILY, CULTURE, READING, AND AN AVOCADO by Susan Kuklin

My grandfather, who we all called Pop, was a Russian immigrant. He was the kind of person who couldn’t bear knowing that people were being mistreated, especially because of their race, ethnicity, or beliefs. He believed strongly that “all men are created equal,” and he was grateful that his adopted country provided him with a […]

January 06

SO NOT MARY POPPINS! by Margo Sorenson

The world of children is abuzz! Disney says its new Mary Poppins movie released in December will be truer to the books than the original movie in 1964, starring Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews. Ah! Truer to the books—what a wonderful concept! Reading the Mary Poppins series aloud to children who have seen only […]

No More Ghosts by Kari Anne Holt

It’s still dark outside when I have to get my kids up for school in the morning. We stagger through what we call our Morning Night routine, then we pile in the car and make our way out into the world. On these dark mornings we pass other houses full of other people going through […]

December 19

Two Nice Humans Talking About One Evil Cat With Emily Chenoweth and Johnny Marciano

Emily: Okay, so we talk all the time these days–via text, email, and even on that antique piece of human technology, the phone–but this is the first time we’ve really set out to discuss our writing process on the Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat series. So thank you, Nerdy Book Club, for giving us the […]

December 17

Mostly Can’t Shut Up by Christina Uss

Years ago, I volunteered to chop vegetables in the kitchen of the Kripalu Center for Yoga in the Berkshires of Massachusetts in return for all the yoga classes I could stand. This struck me as a pretty good deal. The best bit, though, was the badge I got to wear. “In Loving Silence,” it said. […]

December 13

READING IN SOVIET LINES by Eugene Yelchin and M.T. Anderson

Eugene Yelchin: A good third of our waking lives my family spent standing in lines. In the Soviet Union where we lived, the goods were scarce. We stood in lines for everything — food, clothing, furniture, light bulbs — you name it. Waiting took hours. Often, by switching shifts between my father and my mother, […]