The Mixed-Up Middle-Grade Skype Tour Bus rolls on. Will it pull into your library or school with a visit from Erica Perl? Read on to find out…
But first– who’s that in the bus this week? It’s Kimberley Griffiths Little!
Welcome Kimberley! I loved your book The Healing Spell and your wonderful Circle of Secrets, also set in Louisiana. Please tell us about you and your books.
I’m a fanatic reader, writer, on location researcher, wife, mom, and homeschooler. And now I can say I’m an award-winning author, too! It only took about 20 years! (I’ve been busy reading, researching, writing and Mommy-ing, ha, ha!)
The most fun way to find out about my books is to watch my book trailers, which turned out pretty amazing – with a lot of help from my friends at Nua Music. I love unusual settings and characters and it was a challenge and a joy to incorporate those into the book trailers as well as the plot twists. (I’m a sucker for plot twists and surprise endings.)
What do you like best about writing for middle grade readers?
I was a painfully shy kid and could barely answer a question in class so books were truly my best friends. I determined when I was about 9-10 years old that I wanted to be a writer, too, and try to create that same “magic” I felt when I read.
What was your favorite book when you were 8-12?
Well, you know this is a hard question for a huge kid-reader like me, so I’ll narrow it down to three!
NANCY DREW (of course!)
THE LITTLE WHITE HORSE by Elizabeth Goudge
HARRIET THE SPY by Louise Fitzhugh
What makes your school visits special?
Plush – not real! and research pictures and lots of “Show and Tell”, plus seeing kids excited about books and reading. I can’t do this on Skype, but I also have a great hands-on writing workshop that has been wonderfully successful. I call it “The Creative Diary” and we talk about our brains and Imagination and I lead the students through some Imagination exercises. At the end of an hour students have written two short stories. Read more about it at my Author Visit Page on my website: http://www.kimberleygriffithslittle.com/author-visit-page/
And, ya know, I’m on Facebook a lot and teachers can friend me there. And kids. And they manage to find my books on Goodreads, too, which always amazes me.
That sounds super! Readers would you like Kimberley to visit your classroom, book club or any other group of enthusiastic middle-grade readers? You came to the right place!!
Leave a comment here for your chance to win. Pass it along on Facebook or Twitter for more chances– just be sure to come back and leave a comment telling us how you’ve spread the word. We’ll draw the lucky winner next Tuesday when we’ll present the next Mixed-Up Middle-Grade author for your Skyping pleasure! For all the scoop and frequently asked questions about the contest look HERE!
Please email the please email the Mixed-Up Files at msfishby (at) fromthemixedupfiles (dot) com with your contact information! You’ll be hearing from Erica shortly! And huge congratulations!!!!!
Readers keep those entries coming and you might welcome Kimberley to your group!
Tami Lewis Brown is always in a rush… on her way to another middle-grade author visit.