childrens' books, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

Out & About

Yesterday I was in San Francisco to help out with storytime at the beautiful Charlie's Corner bookstore, where they had a fantastic window display featuring SMAM (I love saying this abbreviation for my book title: "Smam! Smam, lovely Smam!"), and guess what, later on we walked past a different bookstore, and they had SMAM in… Continue reading Out & About

childrens' books, publishing, writing

THREE Weeks til Pub Day!

Today is Tuesday, which means that SHE MADE A MONSTER officially goes on sale in exactly three weeks! I can’t believe it. Sometimes it seems like it’s been such a long time coming, but I’m told by those who know that the process actually went lickety-split for this book. And I have to believe them… Continue reading THREE Weeks til Pub Day!

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

How Mary Shelley Made a Monster, in her own words–Part 3

Better late than never... here at last is the final installment! Mary realizes that her imaginative vision has finally presented her with a story... I opened mine in terror. The idea so possessed my mind, that a thrill of fear ran through me, and I wished to exchange the ghastly image of my fancy for… Continue reading How Mary Shelley Made a Monster, in her own words–Part 3

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

How Mary Shelley made a monster… in her own words. Part 2

Here's more from Mary Shelley's 1831 Introduction, telling how she "then a young girl, came to think of and to dilate upon so very hideous an idea"... Many and long were the conversations between Lord Byron and Shelley, to which I was a devout but nearly silent listener. During one of these, various philosophical doctrines… Continue reading How Mary Shelley made a monster… in her own words. Part 2

childrens' books, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, women's writing, writing

How Mary Shelley made a monster… in her own words. Part 1.

To mark only TWO MONTHS until publication, I want to let Mary Shelley tell in her own words how she made a monster.  This is the story as she tells it in her introduction to the 1831 edition of Frankenstein. Since it's a bit long, I'm going to divide it up into a few separate posts.… Continue reading How Mary Shelley made a monster… in her own words. Part 1.

childrens' books, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, publishing, writing

Getting Closer… and, Reviews!

Only 3 months to go til publication, plus SHE MADE A MONSTER has already gotten a couple of really nice reviews! From Booklist: "Eye-catching artwork and engaging storytelling give this biography of a fascinating woman even more appeal." And Kirkus: "An elegant picture book that will signal to young readers that there is more to the… Continue reading Getting Closer… and, Reviews!