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Hidden Meanings in a Story Every Author Finds

Finding messages and meanings in your story you didn’t know were there. Remember that high school or college English class where a student pointed out some hidden meaning in a … Continue reading

April 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Leaping Lemmings – Cover Reveal

    Here it is at long last — the final cover for my first picture book, Leaping Lemmings! I won’t go into all the details that took this book … Continue reading

April 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Creating Your Book’s Title

Have you ever read The Last Man in Europe? How about Fiesta or Trimalchio? Or First Impressions? How about Something That Happened? I bet you have. Those are the original … Continue reading

August 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Why I Wrote Pete Seeger, The People’s Singer

The importance of making your own hero relevant to a new audience. When you write biographies, you get used to the question, “So, why did you write about so-and-so?” For … Continue reading

July 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Schenectady Today Interview: Judy Garland: Little Woman, Big Talent

Host Ann Parillo interviews me about my book Judy Garland: Little Woman, Big Talent. Fun time. (By the way, they shoot the show Tuesday mornings at Proctors Theater. My book … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mary Dyer Interview

A fun father-son project. My son — a member of the target audience — interviews me about my book Mary Dyer, Friend of Freedom. A blatant promotion, but we had … Continue reading

November 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Making a Book Safe for Children When the Subject Matter Isn’t

Making a sordid adult tale safe for young readers. You should have seen the looks on my friends’ faces when I told them I’d been hired to write a children’s … Continue reading

October 30, 2014 · 1 Comment