Friday, February 28, 2014


Campus Crush:

The co-eds of Timberland College know a little romance is good for the soul.

Follow four couples as they try to find love in the Campus Crush Series boxset, including Nothing to Tell, Romancing the R.A., Behind Closed Doors, and Rushing Into Love.

When you're looking for love, you have to be willing to break the rules.


A closer look at the four novellas in Campus Crush:

Nothing To Tell  

Some guys have the art of hooking up down to a science. They know all the right words to say and all the right games to play.

Except...for guys like Mike Hannigan. The dude has got no game, his pick-up lines never work, and to make matters worse, his wing-man is his female best friend, Mindy.

Until one day, a mysterious raven-haired beauty catches Mike's eye and he's determined to have her. He doesn't care what lengths he has to go to. He'll do whatever it takes to perfect his game and figure out what to say without sounding like a sleaze.

But… There's always something strange about mysterious girls. They're usually mysterious for a reason and this girl in particular might be more than Mike bargained for.

Romancing the R.A. 

Noelle Buckman is looking forward to making a fresh start in college, one that doesn’t involve immature high school boys. The second she steps on campus for freshman orientation, she can sense the possibilities. Especially when she spots Andy, a resident advisor who’s not just hot but also thoughtful enough to open doors for a girl.

And Andy has his eye on Noelle. Even when her nerves take control and she thinks she comes off as a hillbilly with no direction, Andy can see what she’s really like and he’s more than a little interested.

But orientation is less than two full days and there’s an entire summer between Noelle and Andy. Will her attempt to romance the R.A. be as short-lived as college orientation?


Behind Closed Doors 

Julia Monroe is through wishing she had an older guy like her best friend Noelle does. It’s time for her to act on her desires. So when she sees sexy, twenty-three-year-old Darren McEntire eating dinner alone at the pub, she decides to make her move. The attraction between them is undeniable, and even through Julia isn’t looking for a one-night stand, she winds up back at Darren’s place the same night she meets him. Only being with him makes her realize what she’s been missing dating other guys. All she wants is Darren.

But Julia allows Darren to think she’s his age and a grad student at the nearby college. She knows she has to confess the truth, but she’s afraid to shatter what they have. Not knowing what to do, she starts the semester only to discover that her new teaching assistant is none other than Darren. With the lies out in the open and campus policy against them, Julia and Darren know the relationship should be over before it even begins. But the chemistry between them is too strong to deny.

Can they find a way to be together or are they doomed to only see each other behind closed doors?

Rushing Into Love 

As a college junior, Mindy Stanton has no interest in dating a freshman.

That is until Ben Whitmore shows up and serenades his way into her heart at the dorm social she’s running. And after hearing him sing, even Mindy can’t deny that he has a deep, sexy voice that makes her melt.

Even though Mindy makes it clear that she doesn’t date younger guys, Ben pursues her anyway. After all, he doesn’t seem like the typical college freshman, who is only interested in hooking up, partying until he can’t remember his name, or joining a frat. He’s a gentleman, a romantic, and definitely knows all the right things to say to sweep a girl off her feet.

So Mindy drops her guard. She allows herself to fall for him. Before she knows it, Ben is all she can think about. To her, he’s perfect.

But it doesn’t take Mindy long to discover that even the most perfect guys…

Have secrets.


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Ashelyn Drake bio:

Ashelyn Drake is a New Adult and Young Adult romance author. While it’s rare for her not to have either a book in hand or her fingers flying across a laptop, she also enjoys spending time with her family. She believes you are never too old to enjoy a good swing set and there’s never a bad time for some dark chocolate. She is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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Monday, February 24, 2014


My favorite boys, Finn and Gideon, are back. What a great way to start a new week. (Griffin's my favorite too and I'm allowed to have as many favorites as I want.) So let's see what's happening in GIDEON'S SPEAR, Award Winning Author Darby Karchut's latest novel for MG/Tween readers.
Isn't this a fabulous cover? It draws you into the story and I wanted to know why the boy is running. When I read the book, I found out the answer.
My Review:
Being a thirteen-year-old boy is tough enough. Being the thirteen-year-old Spear of the Tuatha De Danaan and apprentice to a Knight, with monsters and a witch after you, is challenging to even the bravest young teen.
Author Darby Karchut has written another winner. After reading FINN FINNEGAN, BOOK ONE OF THE ADVENTURES OF FINN MACCULLEN, I didn’t think the series could get any better. I was wrong. GIDEON’S SPEAR, the second book in the series, continues the story of Finn MacCullen and Gideon Lir, the awesome duo I met in book one. Sometimes Finn is just a boy. He makes mistakes. He tests his Knight’s patience. He gets into trouble. Other times he fights a witch and the Amandan creatures, alongside his master, Gideon, with bravery and amazing skills for so young a warrior. What I love most about these novels is the relationship between Finn and Gideon. It’s more than a mentor, apprentice relationship. In addition to teaching Finn the skills of a brave warrior, Gideon also shows Finn the need for good manners and respect of others, the way a father guides his son. Finn reacts the way any teen boy would react, sometimes with anger or resentment, still knowing Gideon is right.
In GIDEON’S SPEAR, secrets are revealed. Neighbors are not always what they seem. And life is never dull for Finn and those around him. Darby Karchut has given each character his/her distinct personality. Mac Roth, Gideon’s oldest friend, is the kind of friend everyone should have, and also one of my favorite characters.
Each scene is written with such detail it makes the reader feel like you’re there, fighting the monsters with Finn and Gideon, or at the house while they’re training, or with the neighbor twins and their family. Author’s notes at the end of the story explain the source of many of the names and terms used in the novel. The reader also gets a peek at the third book in the series, THE HOUND AT THE GATE. It looks like another winner. If only we didn’t have to wait a year to read the whole story. Every middle school library and classroom should have copies of Gideon’s Spear. The novel would also be popular in high schools, I think. So now we wait to see where Finn and Gideon take us next. A very nice novel, Ms. Karchut. Thank you.
 GIDEON'S SPEAR is available in e book and print.
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About Darby Karchut
Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, teacher, and compulsive dawn greeter. She's been known to run in blizzards and bike in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby writes urban fantasy for tweens, teens, and adults.
Happy Reading


Friday, February 21, 2014


Have you ever heard of a soul cutter? I hadn't, until I read Author Lexa Cain's debut novel. Now I know, and you will too if you read SOUL CUTTER. Ms. Cain is an author to keep your eye on. She's just beginning.
Wow! How's this for a cover to grab your attention? It just begs you to open the book and see what's inside.
Synopsis from Good Reads:
The Soul Cutter is hunting again.

Seventeen-year-old Élan spends her free time videoing psychic scams and outing them online. Skepticism makes life safe—all the ghosts Élan encounters are fakes. When her estranged mother disappears from a film shoot in Egypt, Élan puts her medium-busting activities on hold and joins the search.

In Egypt, the superstitious film crew sucks at finding her mom. When a hotel guest is killed, whispers start—the locals think their legendary Soul Cutter has come back from the dead. Élan's only ally is Ramsey, a film-crew intern, but he’s arrogant, stubborn—and hiding dangerous secrets.

When Élan discovers the Soul Cutter is no scam, she finds herself locked in a deadly battle against a supernatural killer with more than her mother’s life at stake.

Élan is fighting for her very soul.
My Review:
Sometimes an event happens in a girl’s life that haunts her for years. Sometimes a boy’s fate is determined before he’s even born.  Do events from the past make a person evil or perhaps a murderer?  
 Author Lexa Cain’s debut novel, SOUL CUTTER, is the story of Elan Duchamps, a girl that has nightmares about her past. It’s also the story of Ramsey Zafikar, last in the line of the Darsani-Masters, who could claim his soul if he makes a mistake. When Elan’s mother turns up missing, Elan travels to Egypt to find her. There she meets Ramsey, from Lebanon, and even though he has troubles of his own, he offers to help Elan discover what happened to her mother. They face curses, skeletons, snakes, and a soul cutter that can remove a portion of a dying person’s soul, among other things, as they search the palace for clues to her mother’s disappearance. Told from alternating points-of-view, the reader gets a picture of both Elan and Ramsey and the challenges in their lives. Will they succeed in discovering her mother’s whereabouts? Will Elan be able to forget the ghost from her past and enjoy a happy future, perhaps with Ramsey?
SOUL CUTTER is an exciting, never a dull moment read. Lexa Cain includes interesting information about the landscape of Egypt, as well, placing the reader in the scene to visualize the same things the characters experience. Some of the scenes are pretty gruesome, but the title SOUL CUTTER tells the reader that. I enjoyed reading Ms. Cain’s story and think you will too. A very nice debut novel.
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Have a nice weekend.
Happy Reading.

Monday, February 17, 2014


My guest this Monday is the fabulous James J. Crofoot with his latest YA novel
Ohhh! Look at those teeth. A cover that sure gets your attention.
Thomas now views his magic as less than good, but he must raise one more army. This one not of his creation though. For the first time he learns fear of the undead. More than ever, he longs to see the waters of the great sea to the west. Will he find peace there? Will Christina and he find a home with the people of the shores? Maybe. But, maybe he'll have to fight magic darker than his own to keep his new home.
Maybe he'll have to fight magic so dark that even a half demon witch fears it and must help.
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review snippets
The Continuing Journeys of a Different Necromancer.
I liked his personality, and his own inner struggle, along with his struggle with the dark magic threatening him, was entertaining to read about. Majanka, "I Heart Reading"
"…recommended for fans of magical adventure with a darker story than most." Sam Highett Amazon reviewer.
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble as well as MuseItUp Publishing in Nook and Kindle


About James

I started my life of traveling when I was born in Wurzburg, Germany. I was born to U.S. citizens abroad.
Since then, I’ve seen a couple different continents.
Playing sailor for a time in the U.S. Navy, I saw the bottoms of a couple oceans through water so clear and blue you would swear you could reach out and touch the sea beds. In the skies at night I saw the milky way as a strip of white across the sky and realized how easy it would be to fall in love with the being at sea.
I’ve climbed and stood on the top of a mountain or two, in the Rockies and Apalecians, and gazed in wonder at the sight stretching before me.
In my travelling I even managed to obtain a couple degrees, in business and Electronics.
Through it all though, My first love has always been writing. Placing words upon paper and screen. I have so many stories to tell, I really hope you’ll join me. If you like what you read, leave me a reply, and maybe join me on facebook.

Happy Reading.

Friday, February 14, 2014


It's Fun Friday.
It's also Valentine's Day!
Happy Valentine. Easy on the chocolates. 

I have a new book to tell you about. ELIXIR BOUND by Katie L. Carroll.

I fell in love with this cover the minute I saw it and knew I had to read this girl's story. I'm so happy I did.  Here's my review.

For years, perhaps for centuries, the quest to live forever has driven men to search for a magic potion that will grant them eternal life. Some of them will do most anything to achieve their goal. But what if they do find such a potion or medicine? Will it bring them happiness or problems?

Author Katie L. Carroll’s YA fantasy novel, ELIXIR BOUND, is the story of Katora Kase and her family who are in charge of protecting a magic Elixir that some believe will make them live forever. Katora is a prime year woman and soon it will be her duty to take over the family’s farm which also puts her in charge of the Elixir. Since they’re almost out of the Elixir, Katora will lead an expedition to retrieve more nectar for the Elixir. On their quest to do so, Katora and those that go with her face more danger than she ever imagined.

Katie L. Carroll uses vivid language to describe the journey through Faway Forest. I could picture the creatures that would have made me stop and run home, forgetting about the Elixir. The characters, especially Katora, are not always brave. They try to be, but have their doubts and sometimes question if they’re doing the right thing, like real people do.  And until the very end I wasn’t sure how the story would turn out. If you enjoy a good fantasy with likeable characters that make you care for them and a situation that could be fatal for them, then pick up a copy of ELIXIR BOUND. You’ll be happy you did. 

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Happy Reading!


Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Welcome Wednesday. My first announcement today is the winner of my contest for Valentine's Day. A giant thank you to everyone for your nice posts. You're the best.
And now!
Drumroll please!
Ta Da!
The winner is JANET. An email has been sent. A copy of CAVES, CANNONS, AND CRINOLINES will soon be on its way. Congratulations!
The next announcement is
Let's see how I did in January to my commitments.
Yes, I wrote regularly, almost every day, at least for an hour or two.
Belief in my abilities was so-so. Sometimes, when a scene just wouldn't work, I wondered what I was doing.
Fearless to write something new: I'm not sure I'm fearless, and I'm working on something that's not really new, new. I started it years ago and have gone back now, with a total rewrite.
Revisions. Ah, yes, they are beautiful when that scene finally comes together the way you want it.
I hope I've given back to my writing community through I think four book reviews, visiting blogs, and offering encouragement, which goes with Supporting other writers too.
During February, I hope to continue being a positive influence for others and writing my little fingers to the bone.
How about you? 

Monday, February 10, 2014


Today I have the pleasure of hosting Author Jerome Charyn on the tour for his latest novel I AM ABRAHAM.

I Am Abraham Book Summary:

Narrated in Lincoln’s own voice, the tragicomic I Am Abraham promises to be the masterwork of Jerome Charyn’s remarkable career.

Since publishing his first novel in 1964, Jerome Charyn has established himself as one of the most inventive and prolific literary chroniclers of the American landscape. Here in I Am Abraham, Charyn returns with an unforgettable portrait of Lincoln and the Civil War. Narrated boldly in the first person, I Am Abraham effortlessly mixes humor with Shakespearean-like tragedy, in the process creating an achingly human portrait of our sixteenth President.

Tracing the historic arc of Lincoln's life from his picaresque days as a gangly young lawyer in Sangamon County, Illinois, through his improbable marriage to Kentucky belle Mary Todd, to his 1865 visit to war-shattered Richmond only days before his assassination, I Am Abraham hews closely to the familiar Lincoln saga. Charyn seamlessly braids historical figures such as Mrs. Keckley—the former slave, who became the First Lady's dressmaker and confidante—and the swaggering and almost treasonous General McClellan with a parade of fictional extras: wise-cracking knaves, conniving hangers-on, speculators, scheming Senators, and even patriotic whores.

We encounter the renegade Rebel soldiers who flanked the District in tattered uniforms and cardboard shoes, living in a no-man's-land between North and South; as well as the Northern deserters, young men all, with sunken, hollowed faces, sitting in the punishing sun, waiting for their rendezvous with the firing squad; and the black recruits, whom Lincoln’s own generals wanted to discard, but who play a pivotal role in winning the Civil War. At the center of this grand pageant is always Lincoln himself, clad in a green shawl, pacing the White House halls in the darkest hours of America’s bloodiest war.

Using biblically cadenced prose, cornpone nineteenth-century humor, and Lincoln’s own letters and speeches, Charyn concocts a profoundly moral but troubled commander in chief, whose relationship with his Ophelia-like wife and sons—Robert, Willie, and Tad—is explored with penetrating psychological insight and the utmost compassion. Seized by melancholy and imbued with an unfaltering sense of human worth, Charyn’s President Lincoln comes to vibrant, three-dimensional life in a haunting portrait we have rarely seen in historical fiction

 My Review:

The president of the United States presents a certain image, an image that does not always tell the people the whole story of the man. When we read each of the president’s stories, we discover that they have many of the same problems other people have. They make mistakes; they face challenges and sometime win, sometimes lose. Author Jerome Charyn’s novel, I AM ABRAHAM, A NOVEL OF LINCOLN AND THE CIVIL WAR, paints a picture of Abraham Lincoln, a man with faults and doubts about his own abilities, but who nevertheless became President of the United States of America. 

Using characters that really existed, along with fictional characters, Jerome Charyn gives us a vision of Abe Lincoln the man, husband, father, and president. The book is divided into sections with dates, locations, seasons, and other helpful information to help us follow the timeline of the story. Lincoln was a modest man. He worked at odd jobs such as mending pickets and building caskets, to name a few. He dealt with the death of two of his four sons and a spunky wife determined he would be president. His presidency was during a tumultuous time in our country, when citizens were taking sides. Lincoln could not escape the war, the odor of rotting carcasses, the loss of lives, the horror of what was happening to the country. And he was helpless to stop it.

Abraham Lincoln is one of my favorite presidents. The Civil War is one of my favorite eras of history. I was so excited to get to read this novel and I was not disappointed. Jerome Charyn describes each scene so vividly I almost felt as if I were there, seeing the prisoners with their wounds, experiencing the hopelessness of their situation along with them, and watching Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd, grieve for her sons as she lost herself. Most of all, I see Lincoln a bit differently than I once did because the novel I AM ABRAHAM portrays the whole man Lincoln, rather than mostly his presidential years. This book would make a great addition to high school and university libraries and classrooms. It’s also an inspiring story for people who perhaps have few advantages in life to see that it’s possible they can achieve their goals. I highly recommend this novel for history lovers, teachers, and everyone interested in a good read.

I was provided an ARC of this book for my honest review.


Jerome Charyn's Bio:
Jerome Charyn is an award-winning American author. With nearly 50 published works, Charyn has earned a long-standing reputation as an inventive and prolific chronicler of real and imagined American life. Michael Chabon calls him "one of the most important writers in American literature." New York Newsday hailed Charyn as "a contemporary American Balzac,"and the Los Angeles Times described him as "absolutely unique among American writers." Since the 1964 release of Charyn's first novel, Once Upon a Droshky, he has published 30 novels, three memoirs, eight graphic novels, two books about film, short stories, plays and works of non-fiction. Two of his memoirs were named New York Times Book of the Year. Charyn has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He received the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has been named Commander of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture. Charyn was Distinguished Professor of Film Studies at the American University of Paris until he left teaching in 2009. In addition to his writing and teaching, Charyn is a tournament table tennis player, once ranked in the top 10 percent of players in France. Noted novelist Don DeLillo called Charyn's book on table tennis, Sizzling Chops & Devilish Spins, "The Sun Also Rises of ping-pong." Charyn lives in Paris and New York City.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014


Do you enjoy mysteries? Do you like ghosts? If you do then take a look at THE GHOSTLY GRAMMAR BOY, a YA paranormal novel by Sandra Thompson.
Synopsis from Good Reads:
For a dead guy with unfinished business, he was pretty cute.

Fiona is a completely ordinary fifteen-year-old from Canberra-at least that's what she'd like you to think. She doesn't want anyone to know her secret. She can see and touch ghosts and it's all thanks to her pesky twin sister, Ella, who happens to be dead.

Following the mysterious death of a boy from the local grammar school, Fiona navigates the perilous high school social hierarchy to investigate. With the help of Ella, Fiona uncovers a dangerous web of family secrets and betrayal, and learns more about the perplexing world of ghosts and boys. High school is hard enough without having to sort out your dead sister's love life as well.
My Review:

What if your twin sister who died when she was two, is now a teen ghost and visits you often? What if she and her ghost boyfriend suspect his twelve-year-old brother is being drugged and they ask for your help? You’d offer whatever help you could, wouldn’t you?

Author Sandra Thompson’s novel THE GHOSTLY GRAMMAR BOY, a paranormal story for young adult readers, follows fifteen-year-old Fiona, who, unlike most people, can see and talk to ghosts, as she attempts to discover who wants to kill the ghost Chris’ brother, Alan. Enter Shane, a friend of Fiona’s brother, and also a hunk who suddenly takes an interest in Fiona. To her surprise, he also can see ghosts. Soon the mystery gets more complicated, and Fiona doesn’t know whom to trust. To keep from giving away the plot, I’ll just say that Fiona finds more trouble than she ever imagined.  

The author adds twists and surprises to keep the reader guessing who and most of all why Alan’s life is in danger. I was beginning to suspect what was going on toward the end of the story, but Sandra Thompson kept the suspense and tension high so I wasn’t sure how the story would end. THE GHOSTLY GRAMMAR BOY is a fun read with good guys and bad guys, jealousy and friendship, along with danger and revenge. This is the first book in the Dusk Duo Series. I wonder what the ghosts will be up to next. This novel would make a nice addition to school libraries, perhaps to show how jealousy and revenge can drive a person to do the unthinkable.

The author provided me with a copy of this book for my honest review.

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Happy Reading.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014


I have an idea that the only thing which makes it possible to regard this world we live in without disgust is the beauty which now and then men create out of the chaos. The pictures they paint, the music they compose, the books they write, and the lives they lead. Of all these the richest in beauty is the beautiful life. That is the perfect work of art. W. Somerset Maugham

Today is Insecure Writer's Support Group Day hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. His co-hosts for the February 5 posting are Sheena-kay Graham, Julie Musil, Jamie Ayres, and Mike Swift! To visit more blogs, click on the badge above or go to 

I'm not sure what the above quote has to do with today's post, but I like it, and when it mentions "the books they write" I started thinking. (Now, that's serious.) We write our views of the world, whether the real world or a fantasy world, whether past, present, or future. For me, I hope readers will take something away from what I write, something that will encourage them, inspire them, or just entertain them for a few hours.

Writing isn't easy, at least for me. I see other authors that seem to speed through their creations and have a new story written while I'm still pondering on mine. I'm slow. I stare at the page where a handful of words are written. I delete and write something different. No, that isn't right. I start again. But I love to write, and I want to write. Sometimes I work on a story for years before it's completed to my satisfaction.

Then I send it off. Get a contract. YAY! (Though not always.) And ....
More edits. And I thought the story was perfect. Haha. Finally, months later I'm holding the finished book in my hands, or reading it on my e Reader.

The lesson here, authors, is persistence. When my story is going nowhere, I go along with it, cause it may end up in a most delightful place. And if I stop because the going gets rough, I'll never see what might have been. I'm hoping this is true of the story I'm working on now.

How about you? Are you a slow writer, too, or do the words fly from your fingers and reach the end of their journey in a hurry? Hop on over now to the above links and see what others have to say today.

Happy Reading and Writing

Also, to celebrate Valentine's Day, I'm having a giveaway. My books for YA readers are not exactly romance stories, but they do have the boy-girl liking each other stuff. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment, either about the above post or a special Valentine's Day you remember. The winner can choose from one of the following novels. Random Org will determine the winner. Be sure to leave your email so I can contact you. Good luck.

A ghost who doesn't want to be a ghost.
A girl who wants to forget her ex-boyfriend with the lying lips.
A 100-year-old neighbor who talks in riddles.
A handsome sax player who changes everything.

When a girl who plays classical music and rides a horse teams up with a boy who writes country ballads and rides a Harley to find her father who has been kidnapped, almost anything can happen.

What's a girl to do when her mother runs away with the drummer in a rock band, her friendly relationship with the boy on the neighboring ranch turns serious, and a handsome college guy with a bad reputation takes an interest in her?

Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines is the story of Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stamford and her family's daily struggle to survive a changing way of life during the American Civil War. This is a story of fear, courage, and understanding that people, no matter where they live, have the same needs: love, peace and security.

A paper found.
A secret revealed.
A girl's life changed forever.

Ah! Young Love.

Monday, February 3, 2014


Welcome to February, the month of romance and hopefully good things in each of your lives. I'd like to thank Melanie Robertson-King,  my dear friend and fellow author at 4RV Publishing for tagging me for the "My Writing Process Blog Hop." 
So here we go.

Step 1: Acknowledge the person and the blog site that invited you to take part.

Step 2: Answer four questions about your writing process.

1)      What am I working on?
I'm working on a possible sequel to A PIRATE, A BLOCKADE RUNNER, AND A CAT. I'm also writing a rough draft of a ya historical novel, tentatively titled OVER THE MOUNTAIN, as well as considering revisions for PRINCESS BREEZE and editing a mg historical, A FAMILY FOR LEONA.

2)       How does my work differ from others of its genre?

 I try to add a surprise or twist even to historical work, so my stories will be original. 

3)       Why do I write what I do?

When I was teaching, I read Newbery books with my students and discovered how good books for kids were. Then little voices and teen voices sometimes whispered in my ears, telling me their stories. How could I ignore them?
4)       How does your writing process work?
I have an idea. I jot down notes and get acquainted with the characters by interviews, profile sheets, story boarding so I'll know what they look like. I try to write every day except Sunday. Mornings are my best times. I don't outline, but just start writing. I usually have an idea of the ending. Sometimes it changes. The first draft takes me forever because I correct as I go along, knowing I shouldn't but can't help myself.
Next week visit Kai Strand and learn about her Writing Process.

 Kai Strand crafts fiction for kids and teens to provide an escape hatch from their reality. A wife and mother of four, she loves pizza, is a compulsive walker, and a Mozart fangirl.