Sherrie Todd-Beshore, Middle Grade/Young Teen Author and Speaker
Intrigue In Print ...
While writing for magazines and newspapers, fiction plot ideas kept popping up that I eventually couldn't ignore, so in 2006, I left journalism for creative writing full time. Since then, those ideas have become mystery or suspense-thrillers for young readers and adults.
The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her books:
Keeping all of my readers mystified until the end is always my goal. For my MG/young teen readers (and their parents), I strive to write unique fiction plots mixed with facts so everyone learns something without that aspect being obvious. It's important for me to create defined characters you'd like to “meet” in settings easily visualized.
Why the author is an authority on the subject of her book:
For The Crow Child, I have a family member with CF. My children went to a Catholic elementary school with other children from a nearby reservation and I was on a school parent council with Sarsi parents. For my seven-book mystery series, Mosquito Creek Detective Club, many of the adventures the kids experience are pieced together from the childhood's of people I knew, history I studied and or my geology background. A little of this with some of that ...
Blog (The Crow Child)
Blog (Adventure Mystery Clues)
Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:
At every school visit [with a classroom size audience this is easier] it's important to have the kids involved. I like to do [fiction] character building/creating with the kids using themselves as the main character. I like to help the kids 'discover' another perspective by finding something they think is true or they believe in then have them take an opposite view. With an audience that is larger than a single classroom I start out walking among them and letting them ask me questions. From their questions I can create a presentation more relevant to them.
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