Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Meet YA Author Pat McDermott

Carpinello's Writing Pages welcomes author Pat McDermott. Even if you didn't know her ancestors were from Ireland, you'd guess her ties to that country from her stories. She talks today about her Glimmer books.

First, a bit about Pat:

Born and educated in Massachusetts, Boston native Pat McDermott writes stories set in Ireland. Her maternal grandparents emigrated to Boston from County Sligo, and she grew up in a family filled with music and myths that helped inspire her tales. After receiving an Honorable Mention for children's fiction in a national writing contest, she went on to pen seven books in various genres. She lives near the spectacular New Hampshire seacoast with her husband and three chatty Tonkinese cats.

Why did you pick to write books for YA?

I had already completed the Band of Roses Trilogy when an acquaintance suggested the YA angle. I found I loved writing about my “Roses” characters as teenagers. Their romantic escapades are sweeter than those of their grownup personas, but their adventures are just as exciting, thanks to the Irish fairies who joined the cast and created all sorts of mischief with their magical Glimmer.

What types of books do you like to read?

Although I write fiction, I rarely read it these days. Most of my reading is for writing research. Sounds boring, but I love delving into history, mythology, folklore, memoirs, etc. Such books guide me through difficult plots and provide wonderful story ideas. I also read a lot of poetry. Oh yes, and cookbooks.

When you are not writing, what do you like to do?

I can often be found in the kitchen trying new recipes or preparing old favorites. I love to cook and have my own cooking blog. Other favorite pastimes include reading, music, hiking, and traveling, especially to Ireland.

Tell us about the Glimmer books.

Adventure for Young Adults of All Ages! Each Glimmer Book spotlights a branch of Ireland’s fairy clans. The stories suppose that High King Brian Boru survived the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 A.D., and established a royal dynasty still on Ireland’s throne. The current King Brian upholds ancient traditions, as do his children, Princess Talty and Prince Liam. Teenager Liam stars in the Glimmer Books, along with his American friend, Janet Gleason, who can’t seem to stay away from the fairies.

Here's a peek at each of the Glimmer books:

In Book One, Glancing Through the Glimmer, Janet’s Bostonian grandfather becomes the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. Janet hates living in Dublin until she literally bumps into Liam, who fails to mention that he’s a prince. Unaware of each other’s identities, they arrange a date. When they meet, the fairies steal Janet away. Liam’s attempts to rescue her triggers a series of misadventures that pit him against Finvarra, the quirky King of the Connaught Fairies.

Book Two, Autumn Glimmer, finds Janet settled into her upscale Irish boarding school. In late October, King Brian invites her and her grandparents to his country estate to celebrate Halloween. Janet and Liam enjoy their reunion until a troop of water fairies embroils them in their battle to constrain a bloodthirsty lake monster who wakes every seventh Halloween.

Book Three, my latest release, is A Pot of Glimmer, in which an ancient feud between a leprechaun and a Viking ghoul puts Liam and Janet in deadly danger. Janet's grandfather throws a Fourth of July celebration at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence. Even though the fairies’ escapades have dampened her romance with Liam, he attends with the rest of the royal family. The appearance of a gang of leprechauns triggers a chilling visit from an undead monster hungry for human flesh. Liam and Janet fall into a nightmare that tests their courage in ways they never imagined. Nor did they imagine that real leprechauns are nothing like the "little men" of Irish lore.

Have you written other books? If so, tell us a bit about them.

As mentioned, the Glimmer Books are “prequels” to my Band of Roses Trilogy: A Band of Roses, Fiery Roses, and Salty Roses. Each is a blend of fantasy, action/adventure, and romance. Ireland’s royal family plants a new rose to commemorate the birth of each child, hence the “Rose” titles. The pink Princess Taillte rose is dedicated to Liam’s older sister, Crown Princess Talty, who stars in this series. Talty dearly wishes to be anyone other than the heir to the throne. She sees a way out, goes for it, and finds her life turned horribly upside down. I’ve also written an adult contemporary romance called The Rosewood Whistle in which music, myth, laughter, and love provide an inspiring background for a widowed American writer and an Irish tour guide leery of love.

What’s next for your writing? Are you working on a new story?

I’m currently writing a short ghost story loosely based on family lore concerning a great aunt. “Noreen” emigrated to Boston around 1900 but returned to Ireland with unusual contents in her steamer trunk, at least according to my version. Once I finish that, I’ll get to work on a sequel to The Rosewood Whistle.

What advice do you have for other authors?

You’re the only one with the ultimate vision of the story you’re trying to tell. Don’t let anyone talk you out of it. Join a writers' group, attend classes or workshops, and never stop reading. Exercise those writing muscles! Set goals and deadlines for yourself, and meet them. Persevere in your quest to become a published author, and enjoy the ride.

Anything else you want readers to know?

I think we’ve covered just about everything, but I’d like to add that no one has to be Irish to enjoy my stories. And I’d also like to add a huge thank you to you, Cheryl, for hosting the fairies and me today!

Where can readers find you and your books?

The best ways to contact me:

Excerpts from my books are posted on my Website.
The books are available in print and eBook through Amazon where I have an Author Page.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Meet Children's Author Gail Truax

Carpinello's Writing Pages welcomes Gail Truax who writes stories for children.

First, a bit about Gail:

Gail Truax was born in Rugby, Tennessee, which was founded by Thomas Hughes, the author of Tom Brown's School Days. Rugby was the last English settlement in America. At the age of eleven, Gail’s family moved to Kokomo, Indiana, which is the birthplace of Norman Bridwell, author of the Clifford the Big Red Dog storybooks. Gail began telling stories at the age of six to her nephew. The tradition continued with her children and grandchildren. The Greymalkin stories began as a way to entertain her granddaughters. Seven years later, they still request the stories.

Why did you pick to write books for children?

I do not think of myself as an author, but as a storyteller. For as long as I can remember, I have told stories to friends and family. As a child, my friends and I made up stories and acted them out to amuse ourselves. This is what my granddaughters and I do now. One story can take three or more hours to complete as we add dimensions to the play-acting. The fact that these stories are now in written form is just an extension of this type of earlier imaginative play telling and acting.

What types of books do you like to read?

I read a lot. The family closeness and core values of Louisa M. Alcott’s Little Women spoke to my soul. The Diary of Anne Frank raised my consciousness, introducing me to the ugliness of war, hate, and discrimination. Max Lucado, Billy Graham, and Joyce Meyer help keep me grounded while Dave Ramsey and Suzy Orman help keep me solvent. On a different note, some favorite fiction authors are (in no particular order): Maeve Bunchy, Cheryl Wilson, Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, Janet Evanovich, Taylor Caldwell, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Michael Williams, R.B. Claque, Steve Harrison, Bill Noel, and William Shakespeare. Historical books, fiction, and non-fiction often grace my reading table. In non-fiction, my preferences run to biographies, autobiographies, and travel.

When you are not writing, what do you like to do?

My husband and I stay busy with our grandchildren. We also like to travel, with “visiting every state in the union” and “exploring England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales” on our bucket list. Painting and creating various 'works of art' with the grandchildren also fill my days.

Tell us about Greymalkin, the Queen’s Cat and how the story came to be.

My wonderful little granddaughter was grumpy one day, an unusual occurrence for her, and said, “Nana, I’m bored.” “How about if Nana tells you a story?” “OK,” she replied. That inauspicious exchange was the beginning of the Greymalkin stories, which continue to this day. One big change now, however, is that I start the story but the two granddaughters finish it. It is so much fun to hear the different twists and turns the stories take as the girls tell them. No, they do not stick to “my” storyline.

Here's a peek at Greymalkin, the Queen's Cat:

Greymalkin and the princess are best friends and help each other in and out of many adventures.

Greymalkin and the Birthday Surprise is the story of how the princess and Greymalkin meet and become companions. Their immediate bond is hampered by the question of whether the princess will be allowed to have Greymalkin as her pet or only be able to visit him in the barn. The resolution to that dilemma makes an endearing story of the love shared between a child and her pet.

In Greymalkin and the Baby Dragon, the princess is now the queen leaving Greymalkin to go exploring by himself. Going for a simple walk in the woods leads him to a lost baby dragon who turns out to be the child of a very dangerous mommy dragon. Greymalkin thinks this problem through and finds a way to help the baby dragon and not upset his very protective mother.

Have you written other books? If so, tell us a bit about them. 

At different times in my life, I have kept journals, but never shared my stories with anyone other than family and friends until 2013.

What is next for your writing? Are you working on a new story?

There will be a third Greymalkin story, Greymalkin and the Heroic Rescue, late in 2015 or early 2016. After that, there will be additional single Greymalkin stories, with a collection of stories planned for the future.

What advice do you have for other authors?

Do it.  For years I hid my writing away and did not share it with anyone. It was a pleasant surprise to discover that other people, not just my friends and family, also enjoyed my stories.

Anything else you want readers to know? 

Many people ask why his name is Greymalkin. When Izzy said “Yes,” I knew the story would be about a cat. With that decision made, I recalled hearing many years ago (50 or so) that Winston Churchill had a cat named Greymalkin. Since I am an admirer of Winston Churchill, it was only natural to name the cat Greymalkin. While I have been able to verify that Winston Churchill did have many cats, I could not find any of them with the name Greymalkin. The second most common question is, “Why do you spell his name with an ‘e’?” Greymalkin is a British Blue cat and the British spelling of the color gray is grey.” Greymalkin and the princess are best friends. In their many adventures, they discover they can always depend on each other.

Where can readers find you and your books?

Pinterest for free coloring pages
Amazon Greymalkin and the Baby Dragon
Amazon Greymalkin and the Birthday Surprise

Writing Tips & the 69th Kid Lit Blog Hop

Carpinello's Writing Pages is back this Hop with more tips from the Children's, Middle Grade, and Young Adult writers I've interviewed. These are from December 2014 and January 2015. Feel free to leave a tip of your own in the comments.

Write what you know, what you love, and what intrigues youHeather Fraser Brainerd, author of the MG novel Shadows of New York

Get to know the business before you get too far into your writing career. Know what agents can and can’t do for you. Know the difference between large and small presses. Never sign a contract without knowing what every paragraph means. Be aware that there are good reasons and bad reasons to self-publish. It’s a slow business, so there’s no excuse for being ill-prepared for the journey. Oh, and never forget that writers are the most important links in the publishing chainR. M. Clark, author of the MG novel The Secret at Haney Field: A Baseball Mystery

It’s a long road, especially writing a first book, but you never finish unless you start. I know everyone says that, but it is so, so true. Pirates & Winged Horses took four years from initiation to publishing!

And then once you start, set yourself goals, but make them realistic. I started with the plan of writing a chapter a week, and that soon fell apart. Once you’ve missed a goal, it's tough to find the motivation continue. So what I did was to set up goals that I knew I could realistically hit, but were strong enough that those kept me moving along.

Also, write for the genre that you most enjoy—you are writing the book for yourself as much as anyone else—and what you like is what you’ll have had the most exposure to and what you’ll be best at
J. B. Pelts, author of the MG novel Robin Pembroke: Pirates & Winged Horses

Read as much as you can, go to conferences and workshops, and get into critique groups. I’d also suggest not just taking a creative writing class, but a literature class as well to see how great novels come together. I think my most helpful writing classes were the many lit classes I took in collegeKrysten Lindsay Hager, author of the Tween/Teen novel True Colors

And Now,

Welcome to the 69th Kid Lit Blog Hop. This exciting Hop, now monthly, is where we develop an engaged group of people who love everything that has to do with children's literature.


On this Hop, Carpinello's Writing Pages interviews
Children's author Gail Truax
YA author Pat McDermott
Remember, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors!

Simply make a post and add it to the linky. (Please make sure to add your direct post only) 
Once you are done, then hop around to visit others. Please visit at least the two people above your link. Please leave a comment when you do visit, we all like those.
Also, it would be appreciated if you grab the Kid Lit Blog Hop Badge and display it on your blog and/or your post.

The hostesses will be around to see you. It would be nice if you followed all of them.

Happy Hopping!


Cheryl Carpinello, Author / Blogger


Pragmatic Mom

The Logonauts

Spark and Pook


Sunday, November 15, 2015

BookElves Anthology Volume 2 Release!

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the second volume of the "BookElves Anthology" featuring some of your favorite middle grade authors. Now available - just in time for the holiday season!




About the Book

Title: BookElves Anthology, Volume 2 | Authors: Jemima Pett, Cheryl Carpinello, Rebecca M. Douglass, Wendy Leighton-Porter, S.W. Lothian, Annaliese Matheron, Ben Zackheim | Publication Date: November 12, 2015 | Publisher: Princelings Publications | Pages: 176 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 14 Summary: Seven authors, seven new tales to twang your heartstrings as you snuggle up cosy and warm during the long winter nights. Will the Christmas fairy be ready to grant your wishes? Will Shirley Link solve all the clues to her presents? Will a keen inventor steal the heart of a lady? Will another lady have her life saved by a horse? And will Santa's reindeer, a lost and forlorn hero, and a boy under the spell of a wicked witch find their way home when they are left out in the cold at midwinter? Find out in this second anthology from the MG BookElves, a selection that older children will love, and adults will enjoy reading to younger children.
  • Shirley Link's friends help her rediscover the joy of Christmas by setting her musical puzzles to solve - and with her detective skills, maybe she's the only one who can! Ben Zackheim (Shirley Link Detective Series, the Camelot Kids)
  •  Max the talking Tonkinese cat has an unpleasant surprise when he finds himself trapped in the attic one night and, while pondering his escape, discovers that he’s not alone. Help comes from a rather unexpected quarter … and the Twelve Days of Christmas will never seem quite the same again! Wendy Leighton-Porter (The Shadows from the Past series)
  • Not only does Melvin Finklestein plan to impress his peers with his brilliant cracker at the Beverly Hills College of Gifted Inventors Xmas Reunion Spectacular, he’s determined to win the heart of the wonderful Trixie Tragik. What could possibly go wrong? S W Lothian (The Quest series, Time Square series)
  • If you found a lost reindeer in the woods, could you hide him away long enough for him regain his ability to fly? Find out who else Dougall meets when he befriends Reinhardt the reindeer. Jemima Pett (The Princelings of the East series)
  • Halitor can't find the people who need his help on the long night of Midwinter. But they find him, and there may be some holiday magic in the air. Rebecca M Douglass (The Ninja Librarian series, Halitor the Hero)
  • Once this warhorse carried a mighty king; now he carries a cargo more precious - the young girl destined to be his queen. Cheryl Carpinello (Young Knights of King Arthur series, Young Guinevere)
  • The Witch War is over, but the scars of their spells still cause havoc in Werifesteria, even King Aldridge is affected. When Jacob’s father is taken by the witch of The Dark Wood he and the king set out on a quest to return him. A fun fairy-tale adventure by Annaliese Matheron (Ninja Nan series)
  Each tale weaves its own seasonal magic. Each magician has already warmed the hearts of thousands of young readers with their stories. Enjoy these frantic races to meet the Christmas deadline while you curl up in your favourite reading spot this winter.

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About the Authors:

Cheryl Carpinello AuthorCheryl Carpinello is a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, her profession introduced her to writings and authors from times long past. Through her studies and teaching, she fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, she hopes to inspire young readers to read more through her Quest Books set in these worlds.

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Rebecca M. Douglass has been reading and writing stories since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She has a special fondness for fantasy thanks to childhood visits to Narnia and Middle Earth. Ms. Douglass uses her word-processor near San Francisco, CA, where she lives with her husband and two teenage sons, while her imagination runs where it will, in this world and out. She is the author of the beloved Ninja Librarian books, as well as a picture book for outdoor families, a mystery for the parents, and of course the middle-grade fantasy, Halitor the Hero. Website:


Wendy Leighton-Porter devotes her time to writing books for children after 20 years of teaching French, Latin and Classical studies. Shadows from the Past is a series of time-travel adventure stories, featuring three children and a rather special Tonkinese cat. She lives in France and Abu Dhabi, and is currently working on the ninth book in the series, The Shadow of the Tudor Rose. Website:


S.W. Lothian is the creator of edge-of-your-seat time-travel adventures that provide thrills for all ages. From his sun-drenched home in Australia he pens exciting books that launch readers into epic settings filled with amazing action. Great characters, mystery, and humour make a broth of irresistible tales. Through recent personal experience, S.W. has become a passionate advocate of raising awareness of Childhood Cancer. Improved awareness leads to increased research, which hopefully will lead to a cure. Website: 

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Unlike many authors Annaliese Matheron never knew what she wanted to be. She wanted to do a million and one different things – be an ice-skater, or an archaeologist, or an astrophysicist, or a theatre director – luckily she realised that by being an author she could be all these things and more. Annaliese now spends her time making stuff up and writing it down. Her humorous adventure story Ninja Nan and Sidekick Grandad was a finalist in the 2013 People’s Book Prize. Website:

                                                        Jemima Pett 

Jemima Pett lives in a three-bedroom red-brick castle surrounded by water, along with her guinea pigs, the inspiration for brain-twisting The Princelings of the East. She writes their adventures as fast as she can, but sometimes writes science fiction adventures about asteroid miners and their friends instead. She lives in Norfolk, writes in UK English and occasionally in US English or double Dutch. Website:

                                                                                                 Ben Zackheim 

Ben Zackheim started writing Shirley Link in 2011 and hasn't stopped since. He's up to book five in the series, which will be titled Shirley Link & The Party Poopers. He lives in Massachusetts, at 42.5098° N, 72.6995° W, surrounded by the Forbidden Forest, with his wife and son. Website:      

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Prize: 2 copies of the "BookElves Anthology, Volume 2", the paperback edition, worldwide. Open: Worldwide Giveaway Ends: Nov 26 2015

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Meet MG/YA Fantasy Author William Stuart

Carpinello's Writing Pages welcomes William Stuart who writes Middle Grade/Young Adult fantasies.

First, a bit about William:

William L Stuart was born in New Mexico, but has lived Georgia for many years. He speaks with a southern accent, drinks gallons of sweet tea, and loves the UGA Bulldogs. He almost attended that great university, but decided instead to join the US Navy, where he subjected himself to the rigors of Navy Nuclear Power training in Orlando, Florida, and Idaho Falls, Idaho. Graduating from Nuke school landed him aboard USS Sandlance (SSN660), a Sturgeon class fast attack submarine. He was a fully qualified submariner and traveled above the Arctic Circle to earn his Bluenose certificate. He has since transitioned to the animal health world, where he manages global supply of animal health products.

Why did you pick to write books for MG/YA readers?

My daughter Laura and my grandchildren Aidan and Maggie inspired me to write for MG/YA.

What types of books do you like to read?

I read most anything, but I do tend toward action/adventure, thrillers, and fantasy. I will delve into Sci-Fi, too.

When you are not writing, what do you like to do?

I hunt gemstones, gold prospect, read, play softball, play golf, dab in woodworking, research conspiracy theories, and enjoy lots of time with my family.

Tell us about The Carnelian and how the story came to be.

My grandson and I (the real Aidan, who was the inspiration for the character in the books) were hunting gemstones. I was telling him about some of the magical/mystical properties of the stones when he suggested that I write a book with elves, magic, and gemstones. The Gemstone Chronicles series was born and the first book The Carnelian turned into a four book series.

Here's a peek at The Carnelian:

When Aidan and Maggie find a fairy cross while rock-hunting with their grandfather, it's just an oddity. But when they discover there is an elf imprisoned in the stone and set him free, they and their grandparents, Nana and Beebop, are attacked by Dark Elves and forced to flee to the magical world of Celahir. 

In Celahir, Findecano, the elf the children freed from the fairy cross, leads them on a quest to recover gemstones stolen from the Elven Bow by the Dark Elves. Without the restoration of the gemstones to the Elven Bow, the balance between good and evil in Celahir - and the human world - could tip toward evil.

Have you written other books? If so, tell us a bit about them.

I have written the other three books of The Gemstone Chronicles series. They are: Book Two: The Amethyst, Book Three: The Emerald, and Book Four: The Ruby. The books follow the adventures of Aidan, Maggie, and their grandparents Nana and Beebop in the magical world of Celahir.

What’s next for your writing? Are you working on a new story?

My current WIP is a thriller and will be set in Georgia.

What advice do you have for other authors?

Just write and don’t let anyone else decide what success means.

Anything else you want readers to know?

If a reader has a moment, please leave a review for the author. It helps us know whether we are connecting with the readers!

Where can readers find you and your books?



My books:
Barnes and Noble

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Meet MG Historical Author Teresa R. Funke

Carpinello's Writing Pages welcomes fellow Colorado Teresa R. Funke, a writer of historical fiction for Middle Grade readers.

First, a bit about Teresa:

Teresa R. Funke is the award-winning author of six works of fiction for adults and children based on true stories from World War II, including her multi-cultural series for children, The Home-Front Heroes, and her adult books, Dancing in Combat Boots and Remember Wake. Her short stories, articles, and essays have appeared in numerous publications. Her blog, Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life, has led to radio appearances and speaking invitations. Teresa is also a sought-after speaker, presenter, and writer's coach, working with clients all over the country.

Why did you pick to write books for Middle Grade readers?

In a sense I didn’t choose middle grade, it chose me. As the author of two works of fiction about World War II, I started getting invited to schools to speak to the kids about writing and the war. These were mostly fifth-grade classrooms. Come to find out, these kids knew nothing about WWII. They’d never even heard of Adolph Hitler. But on two different occasions, the students opted to skip recess to hear me keep talking! At one visit, one girl said, “Mrs. Funke, this is so interesting. Why don’t you write some books for kids about the war?” That seemed like a great idea to me! So I immediately came up with the concept for The Home-Front Heroes books and knew I wanted to aim for middle grade.

What types of books do you like to read?

They always say we should write what we like to read, and I follow that advice. I read mostly historical fiction for both adults and teens and children. But I’m a pretty eclectic reader. I read all kinds of books, including fiction, nonfiction, short stories, and memoir. I used to LOVE to read books with my kids every night. My kids and I read books together until they were 14 years old. After that, we’d sometimes read the same book separately, so we could discuss.

When you are not writing, what do you like to do?

I’m a nationwide writer’s coach and a professional speaker, so when I’m not writing, I’m working with my clients. It’s great fun to be involved with so many projects with my clients. I’m constantly thinking about their characters and plots, and I enjoy that as much as I enjoy my own writing! I also love to travel, watch movies, go for evening walks, and spend as much time as I can with my family.

Tell us about Wave Me Good-bye and how the story came to be.

Wave Me Good-bye is the newest installment in my Home-Front Heroes series. Like all of my books, it’s based on a real woman who I interviewed. She grew up as the only Jewish girl in her Bronx neighborhood and faced the anti-Semitism that was common in our country at that time. The book touches on the Holocaust because a German-Jewish refugee comes to live with the family, so it’s a perfect introduction to the Holocaust for young readers. But what the story is really about is friendship. Miriam, the main character, befriends an English orphan boy who was sent to America for safe-keeping. Their entire friendship develops through the fence that separates them. This is fast becoming a favorite book among my fans and the teachers who teach from my books because the kids love seeing how a friendship between a boy and a girl from two such different worlds evolves.

Here's a peek at Wave Me Good-bye:

Miriam Liebler has a lot on her mind. World War II is raging and her Jewish relatives in Europe have simply disappeared. No one understands her worries— until she meets Christopher Richards, an English boy whisked to America to escape the bombings of London. Miriam and Chris exchange comic books and secrets through the iron bars of the orphanage fence. But will their friendship survive when trouble brews?

Have you written other books? If so, tell us a bit about them.

My first book is a novel for adults called Remember Wake. It’s based on the true story of the civilian contract workers who survived the Battle of Wake Island at the outset of World War II and were taken to horrific prison camps in Japan and China. One librarian told me recently that I wrote Unbroken before Unbroken, which was nice to hear. Though it was written for adults, it’s now gaining a following with teen readers, which is a thrill for me.

My second book is Dancing in Combat Boots: and other stories of American women in World War II. It’s a short-story collection, and each story is based on real woman. There’s an epilogue in the back that tells you what happened to each lady. It’s a very inspiring book and is also my best seller.

There are also three other books in the Home-Front Heroes collection: Doing My Part, The No-No Boys, and V for Victory. Each is popular in its own way, and each explores a different aspect of life on the home-front during the war. It’s a multi-cultural series with engaging stories and some educational back matter, so the teachers are finding that the series fits the new standards extremely well.

What’s next for your writing? Are you working on a new story?

Mostly I’ve been focused on my blog, Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life, which provides inspiration once a week to people seeking to live a more true and passionate life. I’m also working on the fifth book in the H-F series, which will take place at Pearl Harbor. There will be four other books in the series following that one, and then I’ll move onto something new. My fans love to suggest what those new books should be!

What advice do you have for other authors?

Succeeding in the field of writing comes down to three things: Practice, Patience, and Persistence. Without those, you’ll never make it. As writers, we never stop learning, and we never stop practicing our craft and trying to improve. We learn early on to be patient with ourselves and our stories and this crazy business of writing and publishing. We also learn to be persistent and to never give up on the projects we care about, even if that means multiple rewrites, multiple submissions, a radically different approach to publishing or marketing, etc. We are strong people, we writers, and we love what we do. We’re lucky. I have a video on the 3 Ps of Writing success. You can find it on my YouTube channel, Teresa Funke, or check out my website: for other suggestions and lots of resources! You can also see the real people on whom my stories are based.

Where to find Teresa and her books:

YouTube Channel: teresa funke