MEDDLING KIDS by Edgar Cantero

MEDDLING KIDS Edgar Cantero July 2017 Doubleday Honestly, Cantero had me at “Meddling Kids.” As a child who grew up on Scooby Doo (I used to measure units of time in Scooby Doo episodes, according to my parents.) I was both excited and leery that this book may or may not pay off. I was pleased when it did. The Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in Oregon’s Zoinx River Valley….get it, you guys? ZOINX?) solves their last case in the summer of 1977, literally unmasking an old man who had been causing trouble. The only thing is, the supernatural things happening couldn’t be explained—and certainly couldn’t have...

Printer’s Row 2017—Bloodshed at the MWA Tent Jun12

Printer’s Row 2017—Bloodshed at the MWA Tent

  You’re dying to know about the bloodshed, aren’t you? I’m sorry to tell you you’ll have to keep reading. I’m burying the lead on that one. Aren’t I the worst? Here’s a chalk outline to keep you until then.           I’ve never had the pleasure to attend Printer’s Row in Chicago before, and it was basically catnip for book lovers. Stalls lining several streets in the shadow of gorgeous art deco buildings where the publishing industry used to reside in downtown Chicago. And those stalls. Publishers and booksellers side by side—it was a dangerous place. I recommend bringing lots of cash—I had to hit the...

Review of CITY OF ANGELS

CITY OF ANGELS Kristi Belcamino Polis Books May 2017 “Nikki” Black, a 17-year-old runaway, escaped from a bad home situation in the Midwest, to an even worse situation in L.A. When the book opens, Nikki’s new “boyfriend” is attempting to force her into the porn industry. With a little luck and some steel toed boots, Nikki escapes, taking a 12-year-old named Rain with her. When Nikki suggests that they find a cop to help Rain, the girl takes off. Now alone on the streets of L.A. with only the clothes on her back, Nikki finds herself at the American Hotel. A kind bartender sets her up with a room above the bar, and a waitressing gig at a...

Stefanie Pintoff and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Nov22

Stefanie Pintoff and the Macy’s Thanksgiving...

Sometimes it’s the setting that inspires the story. My new book, CITY ON EDGE, begins when a child is kidnapped in the hours before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I live on the Upper West Side near where the balloons are inflated at the American Museum of Natural History. And for years, I’d thought how this event would make a great backdrop for a thriller. I kept this idea in mind, even as the balloon inflation setting changed. It was once strictly a neighborhood affair, with residents in-the-know passing by to watch as Spider-Man and Snoopy sprang to life. Now, it’s a major tourist draw, and cops direct massive crowds through...

Interview With April Henry

  Erica Ruth Neubauer: You write for both adults and children. Do you find it is easier to do one or the other? April Henry: My books for adults and my books for teens are not that different from each other. The main characters are the ages of the primary audience for that particular book (although I have a lot of crossover readers). And my YA books are shorter. But other than that, there’s not much difference. I don’t change the language I use or my approach to writing.   ERN: For the new book The Girl I Used to Be, where did you get the idea for the plot? AH: It was inspired by a real 30-year-old case I read about. A family of three...