Interview: Susanna Leonard Hill author of Punxsutawney Phyllis, Can’t Sleep without Sheep (and more)

Susanna Leonard Hill is a multi-award winning children’s author. She shares the story-behind-the-story of her board books and picture books, and offers ideas to parents about ways to encourage a love of reading. Read more

Interview: Valerie Patterson author of The Other Side of Blue

Valerie Patterson’s debut novel The Other Side of Blue explores mother-daughter relationships, the death of a parent, and the struggles of growing up. In this interview we talk with Val about her characters, her writing, and the lure of young adult literature. Read more

Friday Blurb: Tune In Tomorrow

… when I’ll be Frank Gromling’s guest on “Cover to Cover,” a weekly radio program that broadcasts from northeast Florida and streams worldwide every Saturday. This week, Frank and I talk about literacy and reading with kids in his Book Publishing Rocks! segment. From the Ocean Publishing Facebook page. Tune in at 11:45 ET/8:45 PT on WNZF 1550AM/106.3FM and Tune in when the show starts at 8:30 to hear Stephen Schochet, author of “Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes About the Stars and Legends of the Movies!” ( shares fascinating tales about the greats in the business.