What Is R.L. Stine’s Major Flaw As A Writer?

Speaking at Bouchercon last month R.L. Stine said, “My major flaw as a writer is that I love everything I write.” His favorite book from his Goosebumps series is Brain Juice, but he usually answers the question about his favorite book with The Haunted Mask because it more well known. His latest Goosebumps book, The Lizard Of Oz, came out September… Read more →


“Write As If Nobody Wants To Read A Single Word”

I recently attended Bouchercon, a convention that is as much, if not more, for readers as it is for writers of mysteries. Although Bouchercon is heavily weighted toward adult books, there were some offerings designed for children’s literature and I was eager to attend the Young Adult panel, “It Smells Like Teen Spirit,” moderated by Maria Alexander. Panelist B.K. Stevens… Read more →


NH Literary Awards List of Nominees: Children’s Literature!

The finalists for the biennial New Hampshire Literary Awards are going to be announced at the end of this week, but first we wanted to let you know about all the nominees in the category of Outstanding Work of Children’s Literature. Because the awards are given every two years, books eligible for this cycle were published between June 1, 2013… Read more →

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She cooks! She cleans! She writes and illustrates books!

The title of this blog post is adapted from writer/illustrator Joann Adinolfi’s blog, “She cooks! She cleans! She blogs!” This talented artist’s latest book will be published soon (we’ll tell you all about it here once it is out) and she recently illustrated The Little Tree, which came out late last year. You can read about The Little Tree, written… Read more →


Latest YA Book By Adi Rule!

Does the name Adi Rule sound familiar? She was mentioned in our earlier post about the nominees for a New Hampshire Literary Award for Best Young Adult Book for her novel, Strange Sweet Song. (If you haven’t voted for the People’s Choice Awards yet, Vote now! Voting doesn’t end until midnight on September 30th. The categories are: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry,… Read more →


NH Literary Awards List of Nominees: YA!

It’s time again for the biennial New Hampshire Literary Awards! Because the awards are every two years, books eligible for this cycle were published between June 1, 2013 and March 31, 2016. To qualify, books had to be written by New Hampshire natives and/or residents or have New Hampshire featured in their content. There are two aspects of the New… Read more →


Paperback Release of Even In Paradise

I met Chelsey Philpot a couple years ago and got to know her at some signings that we did together. We both had books that came out about the same time, mine an adult mystery/thriller and Chelsey’s a YA novel. Now her wonderful novel, Even in Paradise, is out in paperback and we’re thrilled to share the news here. Chelsey… Read more →


An Evening with a Legend: Judy Blume

Joyce, Tammi J. Truax and I were lucky to get tickets to see prolific author Judy Blume recently when she was interviewed by New Hampshire Public Radio‘s Virginia Prescott for the ongoing series, “Writers On A New England Stage.” Tammi was kind enough to share her thoughts on the evening: Judy Blume is one of my heroes; seeing her in… Read more →


From Book Buyer to Book Creator

Denise Ortakales (pronounced or-ta-KEL-lis, like Ellis Island) started buying children’s books long before she had her first baby—great research for a future children’s book author/illustrator. When she was pregnant with her second son, she discovered a book that had significant impact on her life and career. Paper Sculpture: A Step-By-Step Guide by Kathleen Ziegler and Nick Greco set her on… Read more →

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New Book! The Mystery Of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos

When I first met Rebecca Podos it was in her capacity as a literary agent for the Rees Literary Agency. I was the organizer of a writers conference in 2014 and contacted Rebecca to conduct pitch sessions and do manuscript critiques for our attendees. She made a favorable impression on me — her bubbly personality and approachability put our writers… Read more →

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