Alexander Gordon Smith has always wanted to be a horror writer, ever since his gran made him watch Texas Chainsaw Massacre when he was six. The first time he tried to be an actual horror writer (aged 11) he attempted to research a haunted house and lasted seven minutes insideRead More →

First Place: Kalliea Snowden (Hanford High School ) Needing More Second Place: Emily Aardahl (Desert Hills Middle School) An Orphan’s Dream Third Place: Yun-A Kwak (Chief Joseph Middle School) Starless NightsRead More →

Cavalcade of Authors: Bringing a Community Together On March 9th of this year I was fortunate enough to attend a phenomenal event in Tri-Cities, Cavalcade of Authors, created by Richland School District middle school librarian, Michelle Lane. The event brought together 12 middle and high school level authors with 650 students in theRead More →

Hole in the Sky Book Trailer Hole in the Sky is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel set in the near future, after a virulent strain of influenza has wiped out more than 99% of the human race. Michelle Lane, the organizer of Cavalcade of Authors (scroll down to see my postRead More →

US Tour Part 3: Cavalcade of Awesomeness!!!!!!! 🙂 The Cavalcade of Authors, in the Tri-Cities, is the reason I’m over here in the States. It’s an amazing event, created and run by a wonderful woman called Michelle Lane. The idea is to bring together twelve authors and a load ofRead More →

I’m Back You didn’t know I was gone? Well, I was. I’ve been in Washington, in the Tri-Cities of Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland, on the Columbia River. I was one of twelve(!) authors presenting to 650(!) teens at the Cavalcade of Authors. [Read more]Read More →

When Jim Whiting’s seventh grade PE class ran a 100-yard dash, Jim finished dead last among more than 60 boys. A few years later, Jim discovered that he had some talent for running. So if he ever wins the lottery he plans to track down everyone and re-run the race.Read More →

Robin Wasserman decided to be a writer when she realized no one would pay her to be a reader. (She was 7.) Since then, she’s written the Cold Awakening trilogy, the Chasing Yesterday trilogy, Hacking Harvard, several Star Wars and Pokémon books, and the Seven Deadly Sins series, which wasRead More →

I became a writer because I hate housework. I had to have SOME excuse for how I was spending my days at home but not having time to clean. So I chose the well-please-excuse-the-messy-house-but-I’ve-been-busy-writing route. And I rationalize the fact that I spend so much time playing computer games byRead More →

Ridley Pearson likes to climb trees – really tall trees – in his spare time. He says he’s lucky not to have too much spare time! He also plays in a rock and roll band with some other authors which has gotten him on stage with Bruce Springsteen, among others.Read More →

Blake Nelson was a great builder of forts as a boy. He preferred backyard tree forts but was not above building the occasional underground fort, (digging a hole and putting a board over it), the back of the garage fort (under dad’s workbench), or the old classic: the kitchen tableRead More →

The NYT bestselling author of the Tiger’s Curse series & the Reawakened series. I love books, dogs, Star Trek, chocolate, & I have a major crush on Superman. or 2016 Workshop Roll the dice in a choose your own adventure type of quest where we analyze archetypes, vent on villains,Read More →

I was born in 1952 in Berkeley, California. I lived in the Bay Area until I was five, by which time I had three younger siblings. In 1958 we moved to St. Louis Park, Minnesota, where my parents continued to produce offspring. I now have four brothers and two sisters.Read More →

Alex Flinn is a former lawyer and former opera singer. In elementary school, she got her first rejection letter and knew she was on her way to being a writer. She is the author of ten published books, including Beastly, which was recently made into a motion picture, so sheRead More →

Janet Lee Carey says she has been writing “ever since I could hold a pencil between my stubby little fingers. But the longer answer is I began writing poetry in grade 8. That’s when I fell in love with the music of the language. Poetry and journal writing eventually ledRead More →