Meet Joan Leotta

September 1, 2016 by  
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Joan LeottaJoan Leotta has been playing with words since childhood. She is a poet,
essayist, journalist, playwright, and author of several books both fiction
and non-fiction for children and adults. Her latest three are Secrets of the
Heart a romance set in Rome and civil war Wilmington NC, Simply a Smile, a
collection of short stories and WHOOSH!, a picture book especially for dads
and daughters, She is also a performer and gives one-woman shows on historic
figures and spoken word folklore shows and teaches writing and storytelling.
You can find all of her books at amazon.com.

Joan lives in Calabash, NC where she walks the beach with husband, Joe. You can contact her via her blog or her Facebook page.

Meet Margot Finke

September 1, 2016 by  
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margot finkeMargot Finke is an Aussie transplant who writes midgrade adventure fiction and rhyming picture books. For many years she has lived in Oregon with her husband and family.

Gardening, travel, and reading fill in the cracks between writing. Her husband is very supportive, though not interested in children’s books . Their three children are now grown and doing very well.

Margot didn’t begin serious writing until the day their youngest left for college. This late start drives her writing, and pushes her to work at it every day. Margot said, “I really envy those who began young, and managed to slip into writing mode between kid fights, diaper changes, household disasters, and outside jobs.”

Margot’s 7x book, rhyming e-Series, “Wild and Wonderful,” about animals from the US and Australia, is being converted to soft cover books. Kangaroo Clues and Mama Grizzly Bear are already available. The other 5 will follow. Educational and fun, they are great for classrom or home schooling moms.

Rattlesnake Jam – Ruthie and the Hippo’s Fat Behind + Horatio Humble Beats the Big D (dyslexia) , are available in soft cover – Amazon, Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Powells Books and more.

Margot’s Young Teen BOOKS:

**Taconi and Claude – Dream time spirits, a chatty cockato and big decisions for Taconi to make.

** Trial by Walkabout ( follow up to Taconi and Claude)

**The Revenge of Thelma Hill – ghost mystery

** Down Under Calling – family tales, a grandson, and a grandmother across the Pacific.

Read more about Margot Finke

Meet Michael Read

August 1, 2016 by  
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Michael ReadMichael Read is the author of The Adventures of the Parsley Family and the Dancing Snails.

He was born in 1948 and married in 1972.

He has lived in Cambridge his entire life and has two sons.

He was Head Teacher of a primary school for over 33 years.

Now retired, he is drawing on all those years of experience in the form of writing very imaginative and entertaining short stories for children.

He also loves working with model railways, playing the guitar in a local band, traveling and being a granddad.

Meet Author Sarah Hill

July 2, 2016 by  
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Author Sarah Hill Sarah Hill is actually a small animal Vet who started writing for children somewhat by accident! She gained her Veterinary Medicine degree at Bristol University, UK in 1999 and worked in practice for 10 years. At that point, she had her second daughter and soon after, she decided to take a career break.

During this interlude, the stories, plots and characters within ‘Whimsy Wood’ appeared in Sarah’s head all by their little selves! So she put pen to paper and found herself in complete heaven, whilst immersing herself in her own imagination! Like numerous authors, she started sending her manuscripts off to publishing houses and literary agents and to cut a very long story short, Abela Publishing said, ” Yes”!

Book 1, ‘Posie Pixie And The Copper Kettle’, was published in July 2013.

Book 2, ‘Posie Pixie And The Lost Matchbox’, was published in November 2013.

Book 3, ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’, was published in February 2014.

Book 4, ‘Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party’, was published in May 2014.

Book 5, ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’, was published in October 2014.

Book 6, ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’, was published in February 2015.

Book 7, ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’, was published in June 2015.

Book 8, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’, was published in March 2016 and Book 9, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Chocolate Caterpillar’, was published on July the 2nd 2016.

Books 1 to 5 have all been awarded the prestigious 5 Star Seal from the Readers’ Favourite. Books 6 and 7 were tied winners of The Royal Dragonfly Book Awards. These 2 books were also awarded the Story Monster Approved Seal. Book 8 has received an honorary seal from The Purple Dragonfly Book Awards and book 9 has won the much sought-after Children’s Literary Classics Book Award.

To date, Sarah has written up to book 14 in her 35-book, award-winning children’s series and she also has 2 non-Whimsy Wood books for older children that she’s also writing. She is now based at home in Wiltshire, UK with her husband, 2 daughters, 1 son, 2 cats, 2 guinea pigs, 1 dog and “a partridge in a pear tree”!

Penelope Anne Cole

June 16, 2016 by  
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Penelop Anne ColePenelope Anne Cole has taught at every grade level. She enjoys writing children’s stories to be read aloud. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” When not writing or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, church, and choir activities. Ms. Cole is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and is a Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books at

http://pennyreviews-chat.blogspot.com/

See reviews of Ms. Cole’s books at

http://reviewsforpenny.blogspot.com/

Her website is www.penelopeannecole.com

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Michel Selden

April 1, 2016 by  
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Michael SeldenMichael Selden lived all over the world as a child, and spent a career as a physicist and program manager on research projects, both international science projects and advanced development programs for the department of defense.

In 2013, he decided to change what he was doing and retired to settle in a small mountain community in Colorado to write fiction.

Reading and writing have interested him throughout his life and he is taking the same approach to writing that he applied to his career as a physicist: always challenging himself by tackling different genres, and by writing from differing perspectives.

His first book was THE BOY WHO RAN, a middle grade novel set in the mid-archaic period in North America, around 4000BC.

The book won the 2014 IPPY gold medal for juvenile fiction.

An audio version of the book is currently under production and is being narrated by Lyssa Browne, of Cedar House Audio.

There are also tentative plans to release an Italian language version of the book.

His latest book, THE BALANCE, will eventually be a 3-part story. THE BALANCE is a futuristic dystopian novel written for a young adult (and older) audience.

Part two, subtitled THE WASTELANDS AND THE WILDERNESS will be targeted at a new adult audience, and is planned for 2018.

A third book, I AM, should be released in late spring 2016. I AM is a science fiction novel written for a new adult audience.

Michael spent three months in Rome researching what will be his fourth book, DISOBEDIENCE, a supernatural thriller, and he plans to travel to Provence, France later this year to research additional chapters.

 

 

 

 

Meet D. A. Squires

December 1, 2015 by  
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dasquiresD. A. Squires began writing The Time Seekers story many years ago. The early chapters were set aside as she raised her two children and worked in various corporate jobs. However, the inspiration for this story was never forgotten . . . a blue and gold macaw parrot named Taco who steadfastly watched over her daughter’s crib (sadly, a silent sentinel).

Fifteen years later she was astonished when, one summer day, a blue and gold macaw named Taco and a common raven named Noir landed on her shoulders and insisted their story be written. So she wrote.

A graduate of the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in English, magna cum laude, and elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Ms. Squires grew up in Connecticut and now lives in Florida with her husband, two cats (one named Samuel Adams), a dapple dachshund named Mr. Chips, and a slightly faded blue and gold macaw parrot who remains ever vigilant.

Meet Dicksy Wilson and D.B. Sanders

December 1, 2015 by  
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Dicksy Wilson and D. B. Sanders

Meet the Authors of a Caterpillar, a Bee, and a VERY Big Tree

Dicksy Wilson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and grew up in the 70’s and 80’s with some really great parents and a pretty cool little brother. She always enjoyed writing as a child and would sometimes write puppet skits for her and her brother to perform for their parents. After she had children of her own, she thought it would be fun to write a children’s book. One day while she and her brother were watching the kids swim, she came up with the line, “In a quiet backyard quite a bit like your own… a little green caterpillar crawled all alone.” This line later became the opening line of their book, A Caterpillar, A Bee and a VERY Big Tree. Soon after, she and her brother began collaborating on their book, which would take several years to complete. Dicksy lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, with her daughter Hannah, who is a senior in high school, her husband Scott, and her dog, Nash. Her son, Hayden, is grown and married, and has a child of his own.

Growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the 70s and 80s, D.B. Sanders had an early interest in art. Beginning with a love of cartoons, he started designing his own comic book characters at the age of 10. By his early teens, he became increasingly aware of his ability to draw in his own unique style. After obtaining his degree in art, he has utilized his passion for multiple artistic endeavors. This is his first children’s book to co-author and illustrate. Sanders lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma with his wife, Ashley and their children: Zach, Zoe and Leaf. More art can be found on Facebook at “The Art of D Sanders”.

Meet Nancy I. Sanders

September 11, 2015 by  
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Bestselling and award-winning children’s author of over 80 books, Nancy I. Sanders wants to help you experience success writing for kids! It’s hard work, yes, but it’s also lots of fun and very, very rewarding. Learn tips of the trade and secrets of success in her Yes! You Can series of how-to books for children’s writers. www.nancyisanders.com.

Meet Liane Brouillette

May 2, 2015 by  
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Liane BrouilletteLiane Brouillette has a passion for helping families prepare children to thrive in school and out. She has taught at the pre-university level in both Europe and the United States. Currently, Dr. Brouillette is an associate professor of educational policy at the University of California, Irvine and Director of the UCI Center for Learning in the Arts, Sciences and Sustainability. She also serves as managing editor of the Journal for Learning through the Arts.

Find out more about Liane and her book, Help Your Child to Thrive, at: http://helpyourchildtothrive.com/about-liane-brouillette/

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