Stephanie Workman: “Children Are Your Best Critics”

This is our third post in a series spotlighting authors who participated in the Portsmouth Literary Festival last fall. We’d like to introduce you to the amazing Stephanie Workman, author of the first in the Amazing Friends series of picture books. Kid Lit Universe: What type of writing do you do? Stephanie Workman: I write picture books. My first picture… Read more →

Theresa Milstein – Secret Passion

Today we welcome guest blogger Theresa Milstein. Theresa writes middle grade and YA, but poetry is her secret passion. Her vignette collection, Time & Circumstance, will be published by Vine Leaves Press in March 21, 2017. She lives near Boston Massachusetts with her husband, two children, a dog-like cat, and a cat-like dog. For her day job, she works as a special… Read more →

Janis Hennessey: For the Joy of Writing

This is our second post in a series spotlighting authors who participated in the Portsmouth Literary Festival last fall. We’d like to introduce you to  Janis Hennessey who writes three series of books for children, some in French! Kid Lit Universe: What type of writing do you do? Janis Hennessey: I write books for children ages 2 – 9. The… Read more →

Donna Seim: “I love kids who love to read!”

This is the first post in a series spotlighting authors who participated in the Portsmouth Literary Festival last fall. We’d like to introduce you to Donna Seim who writes picture books and middle grade novels. She has also written an armchair travel book for ages over 16. Kid Lit Universe: Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents? Donna Seim:… Read more →

Megan Frazer Blakemore – Good and Gone

Release date: November 14, 2017 HarperTeen ISBN: 9780062348425 320 pages Good And Gone When Lexi’s older brother, Charlie, finds out that Adrian Wildes, a famous musician, has been reported missing, he insists on taking a road trip to find the elusive rocker. Lexi decides to go along with him, and so does their music-loving, out-and-proud neighbor, Zack. Being stuck in… Read more →

New Beginnings

Jan 2, 2017, a fresh start. There is so much unknown about this new year. Although we do not know what our world has in store for us, for me, the beginning of a new year is always a personal celebration of rebirth and renewal. At this time I can choose how I want to live the next twelve months… Read more →

The Year In Review

It was a frigid January day when I met my writing buddy Joyce Shor Johnson in one of our favorite coffee shops to write. I hadn’t even taken off my coat when she said, “Spill it. You look like you’re about to burst.” And that’s when I shared my idea for this blog. She liked the concept and suggested we… Read more →

Protect Your Writing Time

“As writers, we need to protect our writing time,” author Adi Rule said at Kid Lit Universe/Portsmouth Public Library’s November Author-To-Author talk. She uses an app to keep herself off the internet. “Writing is a job,” she stressed. Rule  grew up in what she called a writing house. Her mother, Rebecca Rule, is an author of adult and children’s books… Read more →

Just In Time For The Holidays

I’m lucky. I have all my Christmas gifts purchased and almost all of them are wrapped. But if you’re looking for a last minute gift, as an author, I recommend books! Among the pile of glimmering gifts under my tree, there are six books and two awesome Harry Potter bookmarks (with film cells laminated into the bookmarks — so cool!)… Read more →

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