An Enjoyable Evening with the North Shore Reading Council

An Enjoyable Evening with the North Shore Reading Council

November 9, 2016: Such a wonderful evening presenting for the North Shore Reading Council, and getting to know a little more about many of the NSRC members. The Danversport Yacht Club was the perfect setting for a memorable evening discussing sea life, and an historical crime, trial, and eerie cottage on the shores of Lake

Exciting Publishers Weekly Article: Tips From An Indie Author

Exciting Publishers Weekly Article: Tips From An Indie Author

An interview that I did with Publishers Weekly’s bookroom editor, Drucilla Shultz, has been published in Publishers Weekly today, November 7, 2016! Thanks to Drucilla Shultz and Publishers Weekly for taking the time to produce this article. Please feel free to share with anyone who might want some tips about how to succeed at self

Research Shows One in Three People are Intimidated by STEM

One in three people surveyed didn’t pursue a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) because it seemed too difficult. I’m trying to change that perception by writing and illustrating entertaining, fun books about sea life. I’m hoping that my books will help attract both boys and girls to understanding and enjoying science. Follow this

Bright & Colorful Illustrations Accompanying Text are the Ticket to Better Comprehension for Grades K-3

Bright & Colorful Illustrations Accompanying Text are the Ticket to Better Comprehension for Grades K-3

Illustrations help to make books more appealing to children, and also help to engage the reader, according to an article entitled, “The Influence of Illustrations in Children’s Storybooks,” published in Reading Psychology. In preliminary testing, this study found that books that attract children, whose grade levels range from kindergarten to third grade, are books containing...

Loki’s Shed Shell is Getting a New Look

Loki’s Shed Shell is Getting a New Look

Just dropped “Loki’s” molted shell off at the local taxidermist, Rick Page of “Classic Taxidermy”. The shell was really starting to fall apart at the end of our summer school programs. Rick’s going to soak the shell for a month in salt water to hydrate it, and then wire all the pieces back together. Rick

The Unmarked Grave of Florence Small

The Unmarked Grave of Florence Small

My son recently asked me why I’ve concentrated so much time and energy this year to help Perfection To A Fault find an audience. It’s more than the glowing reviews that I received from Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews this year. It’s more than the fact that I may have been contacted by a major Hollywood studio

ALA Orlando Conference Lesson: “Never Give Up!”

ALA Orlando Conference Lesson: “Never Give Up!”

My most memorable moment from the 2016 ALA Annual Conference didn’t happen in the exhibit hall. Instead, it occurred in a shuttle bus being transported from our hotel to the conference. I had just run as fast as I could to catch a bus that was about to leave, and I wasn’t alone. The bus