Crafting a Middle Grade Mystery Series

Thinking of writing a middle grade series? 
Interested to find out what it's like to do it? 

Stephanie Robinson and Jessica Haight share their journey bringing the Begonia House to life in The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow and Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library

WRITING MYSTERIES
I See Dead Quotes 
Critique, Editing your MS
— Run! Lol— dead quotes are scary when they suddenly jump out at you. Not once, but again and again, and in random places. You don’t know what you did to conjure them into your manuscript, but there they are; flat quotations hanging around with their curly cousins... continue reading.


Weaving in the Backstory 
Working with editors, Collaborating using Google Docs
— Oh, the web we weave in writing! Crafting the second book in the Fairday Morrow series was much like putting together the Harry Potter puzzle with the lake. You know the one, where the whole center of picture... continue reading.



BOO-k Bones 
A poetic interpretation of formatting a book, told by a skeleton who lives in the closet of the Begonia house.
— From the gutter, a hill doth rise. See the distance with thine own eyes.
Scrambled lines shift a square, borders move here and there... continue reading


BIRTHING A BOOK 

Story Seeds: The Origins of a Book

— It could happen anywhere: when you’re talking on the phone, cooking pancakes, out with friends- time and place never matter. It’s what happens in that space that’s important, and it begins with your inner voice saying, “Wait. What did I just think?" 
... continue reading

A Writer Delivers: Growing A Book Garden

— Once you’ve planted a story seed, it will grow with the flow of your attention. Just like how gardeners prepare the soil, writers plot pages. Both are excited to experience the fruits of their labor, but first, they must create.
Stay tuned for our next feature article: 
Raising Your Book Right

Catch our short video clips on Making a Mystery. Writing is a wild ride, and there's no better place to get a clue than the library. 

visit the post for a thrill...
Jessica Haight & Stephanie Robinson
Co-authors of the Fairday Morrow series 

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