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A Perfect Passage from THE ROUND HOUSE by Louise Erdrich

Friday, April 4th, 2014 Posted in Interviews & Appreciations, Readings | No Comments »


No offense to any librarians out there, but I prefer to own books, not borrow them. I realize there's a financial downside to my predilection, but what can I say? It feels good to support the industry, the book stores, ...

My Interview at “Author Turf”

Sunday, December 1st, 2013 Posted in Before You Go, Bystander, Interviews & Appreciations, the writing process | No Comments »


I was recently invited for an interview by Brittney Breakey over at AUTHOR TURF. Brittney has really accomplished a lot with her site. It's worth checking out. She's recently interviewed Holly Goldberg Sloan, Sally Nicholls, Gennifer Choldenko, Jo Knowles, Kathryn ...

Barbara Park: A Conversation Remembered

Monday, November 18th, 2013 Posted in Current Events, Interviews & Appreciations | 1 Comment »


"I happen to think that a book is of extraordinary value if it gives the reader nothing more than a smile or two. It's perfectly okay to take a book, read it, have a good time, giggle and laugh -- ...

How I Survived a Night in a Texas Graveyard with R.L. Stine

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 Posted in Happenings, Interviews & Appreciations, Scary Tales | 1 Comment »


For a minute there, I wasn't sure. I didn't know. I was not exactly confident that we would make it out alive. The hordes kept shuffling toward us out of the darkness, closer and closer they crept . . . Art by Iacopo Bruno, ...

RE-POST: An Interview with Thomas Newkirk, Author of “Misreading Masculinity: Boys, Literacy, and Popular Culture”

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 Posted in Greatest Hits, Interviews & Appreciations, The Gender Gap in Reading | No Comments »


NOTE: I've been blogging at this site since May, 2008, which is like 120 in Blogger's Years. My strong suspicion is that a lot of the oldies-but-goodies have not been seen by my current readership, so I decided to give ...

BEA 2013: “James Preller: Pursuing a New Direction” (and a Photo Op with R.L. Stine)

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 Posted in Interviews & Appreciations, Scary Tales | No Comments »


Just passing along an article by the very kind Sally Lodge, who phoned me a couple of weeks back. We chatted for a while and the result of that conversation was this article that appeared in a special edition of ...

Writing Advice from a Master: “There’s Only One Question and One Answer.”

Monday, May 20th, 2013 Posted in Interviews & Appreciations, Readings, the writing process | No Comments »


I have an uncomplicated relationship with the books of Stephen King. For the longest time, I ignored 'em. The problem was two-fold: 1) for whatever reason, I didn't get around to them in high school, which was too bad, because of what happened ...

Living with Tragedy

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 Posted in Before You Go, Interviews & Appreciations | 1 Comment »


For the paperback publication of my young adult novel, BEFORE YOU GO, I was asked to answer a few interview questions for the back matter. I didn't really intend to share this here, but given recent events, and the fact I ...

A Murder of Crows, Etc.

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 Posted in Family, Interviews & Appreciations, Scary Tales | 2 Comments »


In Book #3 of my SCARY STORIES Series -- launching this summer, so don't make any plans -- and I mean that, no plans whatsoever -- I featured a whole mess of crows in the story. You know, when it ...

On Lois Lowry and the Perils of The New York Times Comments Section

Monday, October 15th, 2012 Posted in Around the Web, Interviews & Appreciations | 1 Comment »


There was a nice piece on Lois Lowry, written by Dan Kois, in the October 3 edition of The New York Times. It's worth reading. I'm not a fanboy by nature, but with Lois Lowry I make an exception. I ...