Bianca Schulze: You have a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and have worked in a private practice for over 20 years as a licensed mental health counselor and educator, at what point did you decide to add “writer” to your resume?
Dr. Molly Barrow: I have always enjoyed writing poetry and keeping a journal, but it was working on my doctoral dissertation that gave me the discipline to become a serious storyteller. I began by writing screenplays because I have the ability to see a film plot unfold in my mind. I wrote the Malia & Teacup books in screenplay form initially. As I am writing, I am laughing aloud and delighting in the awkward situations that I place my characters. Sometimes as I am writing, the plot shifts because the characters seem to take me in a new direction, a phenomenon that I do not completely understand, but enjoy immensely when it happens.
The more ways that you can present a learning concept to a child, the better. This is why I think that Er.u.di.tion, a board game for ages 3 & up, should be a family and school staple—and is most likely why it has been the
I don’t know about you, but we certainly have a large collection of tutus at our house. Too too many tutus in too too many different colors. I can’t let my daughter hear me say that—she is of the belief that a girl can never have enough tutus (or books about tutus, for that matter).
We first met Frankie Pickle in Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom, which Luisa LaFleur called “a rip-roaring good read!” This time, the imaginative character stars in Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000—an action-packed adventure that showcases the importance of teamwork. The author, Eric Wight, is a great guy—you can get to know him better, here. He has offered to give one of our readers a personalized signed copy of Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000.