Nan Powell

Nan Jared Powell was raised in Gainesville, Georgia. She attended Brenau College to get her teaching degree. After graduation, she moved to Atlanta to teach elementary school. Her passion for teaching kept her in the classroom for 22 years. She spent over 30 years in Washington DC with her husband, Jody Powell. After his death […]

Lisa Sondag

Lisa M. Sondag has been working with children most of her life as a teacher, children’s choir director, mother and grandmother, and is always looking for creative opportunities to develop and engage children in the love of learning. She has a bachelor’s degree in Specialized Studies in Family Dynamics from Ohio University. Her first book, […]

Book Launch for My Name is Erin

Book Launch April 27 Amy Voltaire’s debut book, My Name is Erin, and My Mom’s an Addict, will launch this Saturday, April 27. I’m very excited to have been a part of this process with Amy. Her young adult novel is about Erin, whose mother left her to get a heroin fix when Erin was [...]

Amy Voltaire

Amy Voltaire makes a living as an accountant but spends much of her free time writing. She has always loved to write, but it wasn’t until the sixth grade when she was invited to attend The Young Author’s Conference that she realized she might have a knack for it. Having grown up in an alcoholic […]

The City of Lost Fortunes Book Review

The City of Lost Fortunes I LOVED THIS BOOK! Bryan Camp did a great job weaving together many different spiritualistic beliefs in a way that was entertaining and educational (in a fun way). The dialogue was realistic and catchy. Hard to believe this is his first book. I look forward to reading more of his [...]

Why Family Members Don’t Make Good Editors

Chicago Manual Style - Time I know it’s frustrating to hear that you shouldn’t proof your own work. Then, to add insult to injury, not even your school teacher father or mother can proof your work. Why? You are all too close to the story. You may try to argue that your parents are particularly [...]

Prepare for NaNoWriMo

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The stated goal is to write 50,000 words—an entire novel—in one month. But the real goal is to motivate you to write. I find getting started is the hardest part. I have an idea. I even have a whole book outlined in my head, and I could tell [...]

Book Festivals

Just finished the Williamsburg Book Festival. It's a great chance to connect with readers and writers-in-the-making. I love sharing a story. Your story can be about anything--totally fiction, autobiographical about how you were raised, a children's book teaching a lesson. Stories are fascinating! And I love helping them reach the world. I was encouraged today [...]