Tag: Writing

Sheri Shepherd Levy: Lost In The Day Dreaming Part Of Writing

I’m at the tail-end of the editing process on my next mystery/thriller, Color of Betrayal, soon to be published by Barking Rain Press. Besides adult mysteries like my own, BRP also publishes young adult novels. A traditional publisher, Barking Rain Press is included in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ PAL (Published and Listed) publishers. Sheri Shepherd Levy… 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 →

“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 →

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 →

How To Build A Writing Community

Everyone has heard that writing is a lonely pursuit. And there are times when this is very true. But I have also found I can build my own universe full of other of writers and illustrators, creative and encouraging critique partners, masters of revision, and more importantly, establish deep friendships that nurture me and help me thrive. This allows me… Read more →

Next Author-To-Author Talk on June 8

Author/Illustrator Denise Ortakales will be the featured speaker at the upcoming Author-To-Author Talk in the Levenson Community Room at the Portsmouth Public Library (175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth NH 03801) on Wednesday, June 8th at 10 a.m. Denise will speak for the first hour and then take questions from the audience. The talk is free and open to anyone interested in… Read more →

Derry Author Fest: The Writer’s Toolbox

Attentive. That would be my description of the audience at the second annual Author Fest held last Saturday at the Derry Public Library. Organized by children’s book author and librarian, Erin E. Moulton, the theme for the day was “The Writer’s Toolbox.” I was there to facilitate a roundtable discussion on mystery writing but was able to catch two other… Read more →

Writing Buds – Growing Word Count

Get Writing! Find A Writing Buddy by Amy Ray   We all have busy lives. It’s a fact of modern day life, like it or not. I am a wife, mother, writer, marketer, and event organizer, to name a few of my roles. When I start my day, I classify and rank tasks according to urgency: what has to be… Read more →

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