Tag Archive | middle grade books

My Guest Appearance on the Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener Radio Show

Earlier this month I had the wonderful opportunity to be interviewed by Joey and Holly Baird of the Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener Radio Show. To hear the interview (and so much more) go here. I am in segment three. These are the questions they asked: 1. This is the first time we’ve interviewed a fiction writer, […]

Book Club Questions for Seed Savers-Unbroken

And they are finally finished! There are now questions for each of the five Seed Savers books. Seed Savers-Unbroken, released one year ago Friday, is the final installment of the series and well worth reading–especially if you enjoy politics and social commentary in literature. A very recent review of Unbroken is here. As with Keeper, […]

The Every Now & Then Update Post

So it’s June. My birthday month. I’ve had a lot of them. But this June is vastly different from all the others. First, the pandemic has kept many of us from our jobs. Shopping is not the same. Church isn’t in person. The sound of a person coughing sends chills down our spines. And now, […]

Book Discussion Questions for Seed Savers-Heirloom

The discussion questions for Seed Savers-Heirloom are finished! These questions are perfect for book clubs or classroom use. All currently available discussion questions for the series are also available at Flying Books House. On this blog, the questions for Lily are here and for Treasure here. I hope you enjoy reading Seed Savers-Heirloom, a series […]

Schedule An Author Visit Today!

  Are you a teacher, librarian, active parent or part of a large homeschool group? Want to inspire students in their writing and reading? Having an author visit is just the ticket! Author visits are great because kids realize authors are people just like themselves, while at the same time there’s a hint of *celebrity* […]

Thanks & Gifting

In the spirit of both Thanksgiving and Christmas, today I offer up a gift. The first book in my Seed Savers series is available to download for FREE from today until December 16th. Several other middle-grade authors also are giving away free books or samples. Here is the blurb for Seed Savers-Treasure: Two kids, two […]

Sandra Smith Returns — Anakalian Whims

Sharing a recent interview I did over at Anakalian Whims! Sandra Smith grew up on a farm with a tremendously large garden. She maintains that if you can’t taste the soil on a carrot, it’s not fresh enough. Although she now lives with her husband, cats, and three chickens in the city, she still manages […]

There & Back Again: Amtrak, Awards, & Ana

It’s been a while since I posted. First, I was super busy with the last two books. Then the hubby and I traveled to Chicago by train for the IBPA Publishing Conference and Awards dinner. You may recall that Treasure was a finalist for cover design. Though it did not win the gold, it did […]

Seed Savers-Treasure, Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist!

It’s been a while since I posted. Not because nothing is happening, but quite the opposite– I’ve been very busy. But first things first: I am thrilled to announce that Seed Savers-Treasure is a finalist for a coveted Benjamin Franklin Award. Read the press release here. Treasure is a finalist in the Children’s/YA cover design […]

Does a Book Series Have to be Read in Order?

I would argue “no.” Case in point: prequels. Or one better–-is there ever really a beginning? (Or an ending for that matter?) What about those books that are told out of order (I’m thinking of Jodi Picoult’s first book, Songs of the Humpback Whale)? Or a series written out of order such as the Chronicles of Narnia? […]