February 28, 2019

I don’t know about you, but I want the children in my life to develop an appreciation for art. One of the best ways to do that is to expose them to quality illustrations.

Among a sea of books in Ollie’s (a discount store), Jane Foster’s First Words really stood out. Too...

November 27, 2018

When someone asks me, “What’s my favorite kind of baby book?” I respond, “One that exudes happiness!”

Animal Opposites does just that and more.

So many books designed for babies look like they were slapped together by a committee of adults who don’t seem to know anything...

October 19, 2018

Astronomy for babies? You bet. Hello, World! Solar System by Jill McDonald Is out of this world! STEM books for children are all the rage and this one may single-handedly create a generation of outer space enthusiasts.

A real attention grabber, I discovered it among hun...

October 18, 2018

Six high-contrast books for babies.

Did you know high-contrast designs stimulates a baby’s eyes? It also helps grow the visual center of their brain. With six granddaughters born in the past four years, I’ve been on the lookout for beautifully rendered high-contrast boo...

January 31, 2018


Useful Information for children’s Authors

Where to find Illustrators: This is a challenge many authors face. The following is a list of resources where you can connect with...

November 2, 2017

Pacing is one of the most important elements in  writing, especially horror. Perhaps the best example of this is with Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Tell-Tale Heart.’

The thread tying this short story together is its tempo. A tempo that is very much like the beating of a heart.


October 18, 2017

1. Read Scary

Half of a writer’s job is to read (what a great profession)!  Edgar Allen Poe, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King,   Flannery O'Connor are all good writers to start with.

2. Have a Highlighter

Highlight parts of the story which scare you out of your min...

October 4, 2017

When asked what makes a compelling story, Hitchcock said “it’s life, with the dull parts taken out.”

When I was teenager I stole a book. I was in the Boston Public library and happened to wander into a room where the Friends of the Library book sale was taking place. I...

September 20, 2017

For this assignment, I flew to Wales, England and climbed under the Llangollen Bridge to see if maybe, just maybe trolls lived there.

Instead, to my surprise there was a hunched back, hallow checked woman sitting crossed legged on the ground. Her spine was a mass of coi...

September 13, 2017

You’re in the middle of writing a horror story, but your monster just doesn’t seem that scary. What to do? How about conducting an interview with him? Why should you take time out of your busy day to interview your antagonist you ask? Well, besides being fun it will:


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