On Thursday I had the honor of sharing my Caroline Abbott American Girl and Chloe Ellefson mysteries programs with large and enthusiastic groups of readers at the public library in Brookfield, WI. It was my first visit there, but I was welcomed like a long absent friend. Behold the power of books!
|An eager show of hands during my American Girl Fans program reveals who likes to read.|
|Winner of the Council for Wisconsin Writers' 2013 Children's Literature Award|
Program for American Girl Fans
In my illustrated program I shared some of the stories behind the stories of the fifteen children's books I've written for the Middleton, WI-based American Girl company.
Afterwards I answered questions from the girls, and posed for photos with them. And the library gave away a beautiful Caroline Abbott doll!
I was very impressed with the excitement the girls expressed for reading, history, and writing. It was wonderful meeting families who enjoy sharing books, and librarians so dedicated to their community's readers.
Kudos to all of you!
|Guests at the evening program included a delightful mix of long-time Chloe readers, online friends I hadn't met in person before, and mystery lovers new to the series. |
Chloe Ellefson Mysteries Program
|LOVEY Award winner |
Best Traditional Mystery Chicago Love Is Murder Mystery Conference
I also presented an illustrated, hour-long program about my Chloe series. These books are written for adults and mature teens who enjoy reading traditional mysteries (i.e., those without explicit sex, violence, or gore).
The series focuses on two main characters, Chloe, a curator at Old World Wisconsin, and police officer Roelke McKenna, who works for the nearby Village of Eagle. Many of the guests know the area well, which added to the fun!
I talked about how the stories came about, discussed key themes, and showed slides of the real places featured in the books. Guests also got a special sneak peek at the who, where, when, what (but not how) of the fourth book, which comes out this October.
Writing the American Girl and Chloe Ellefson books has helped me make many new friends who share my passion for history and mysteries. It was a joy to see so many avid readers!
For those who were unable to attend, I hope we can meet at a future event
Readers like you make it possible for me to do what I love, and I thank you!