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The Obsession of Writing-Why Do I Write? By Mackenzie Reide

…I remember reading a biography of Sting and how he was asked to describe his music. He realized that he couldn’t call it a hobby because that description was not strong enough, yet he couldn’t call it a business because he was at a job interview.

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Q&A With Children’s Author Maria Matthews

Please welcome Maria Matthews, Irish author of the delightful chapter book, The Runaway Schoolhouse, to the Reading Room today. Q. Welcome, Maria! Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your books. A. I live north of Dublin city, Ireland, in a rural village. Like every other writer, I grew up reading and loved… Continue reading Q&A With Children’s Author Maria Matthews

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Free Ebooks for Kids 7-12: Round 2

Another round of free ebooks for kids 7-12 by authors from all over the USA! Only a few are by the authors on the last round of free middle grade ebooks I posted about a couple of weeks ago. Mostly, these are all new. Many of these are the first book in the series by… Continue reading Free Ebooks for Kids 7-12: Round 2

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FREE Rosco the Rascal Ebook Feb 8-10

Download my ebook, Rosco the Rascal Visits the Pumpkin Patch, for free today through Wednesday at midnight ! Feb 8-10. Recommended for kids 6-8. (Download now while it’s free and save it for a warm Fall day!) It’s the first in the Rosco series, but the books don’t need to be read in any particular… Continue reading FREE Rosco the Rascal Ebook Feb 8-10

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A Short List of SoCal’s Best Places For Pumpkin-Picking

It was our tradition to visit a pumpkin patch in the countryside every fall, to spend the day soaking up the autumn colors–as much as this was possible in sunny Southern California–and bring home pumpkins for the doorstep, which we’d ultimately carve for Halloween.