Lauri Fortino and The Peddler’s Bed: An Interview

Although it is not always true, more often than not if a parent likes to read, a child will often grow to be a reader, as well. In the case of children’s author Lauri Fortino, it was having a poet in the house that inspired her to be a writer! Growing up, Lauri’s grandmother Harriet Whipple lived with her family. Harriet was a self-taught poet who was published in newspapers and magazines. As Lauri explains in our interview on the Reading Tub website, her grandmother was also a pretty good artist and “self published” author who wrote stories and bound them into books. Lauri also loves to read! She works at a public library in Syracuse, NY, where she reads … Read more

Back to School – Back in the Groove

As y’all know, I stepped away from the blog this summer to focus on other stuff. Summer isn’t over, but it’s time to get back in that transition groove.  It’s just so … good to be back! School itself is in my rear view mirror, but I still love everything that comes with the start of a new year … especially the discovery of new things. So it is very fortuitous (and a lot of fun) to share what I learned in my interview with Peter Trimarco and Brenda Faatz. The husband and wife team have been writing for youth theatre productions for many years. They recently launched their debut picture book, It’s Just So… and introduced the adorable Lizzy to the … Read more

Nancy Gee, Debut Author & Power Marketer

I first met Nancy Gee when I worked for the Mom’s Choice Awards as their Director of Honoree Marketing. The essence of my job was to assist and guide MCA award winners with marketing their award-winning products. Nancy was an Honoree who would write in with questions. She’d ask about specific promotional opportunities, class content, or a specific social media platform. What struck me about her questions was that I could see she “got it.” “It” being the idea that selling books is a business, and authors need to be marketers. Part of her approach stems from owning and operating her own company for more than 30 years. Like many authors, Nancy Gee writes what she knows. Nancy’s picture book The Secret … Read more