When I was a kid, Halloween was one of my favorite holidays. But it wasn’t a big deal. Stores didn’t stock massive numbers of spooky decorations; we had to make our own costumes; pumpkins were carved but also eaten. When we went trick-or-treating we stayed in our own neighborhood, walked with friends (parents in tow),… Read more »
Spooky middle grade
It’s Spooky Season!
New! For Teachers and Librarians – Virtual Author Visits!
It’s tough to be an author and even tougher to be a teacher in these “remote learning” times. How can we visit schools, when schools might not even be in session? My Spooky Middle Grade clan of authors, led by the wonderful Kim Ventrella, is putting together a series of virtual author visits that you… Read more »
Cover Reveal: Sarah Cannon’s TWIST!
My Spooky Middle Grade friend Sarah Cannon has a new book coming on February 11, 2020, and we’re here to show you its full awesomeness!! Here’s the flap copy: Oklahoma, 1983: Eli has a dream. He’s going to be the next Stephen King, and he’s just created his best monster yet! Neha has a secret…. Read more »
The Graveyard Hook, Part 2
As our new group of middle grade authors who write spooky stories is about to launch our website – and come visit us at https://spookymiddlegrade.com/ – I’m finishing up our shared experiences with graveyards this week. I’ll only add that I’m still surprised to find myself writing such spooky/scary stuff, since I can’t watch spooky movies…. Read more »
The Graveyard Hook, Part 1
I’m delighted to report that a bunch of us middle grade authors who write “spooky” books – from the moody to the seriously scary (I’ve been told that The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle is seriously scary) – have joined together to form a group of Monstrously Good Middle Grade peeps. Very soon we’ll open… Read more »