Writing Theory: Implausibility

This week’s blog is by Ellen Larson, editor of the Poisoned Pencil. Ellen is the person who reviews all submissions the Poisoned Pencil and makes recommendations to the publisher about which manuscripts to acquire. Here she discusses the effects... read more

The Art of Graffiti

This week’s blog is by Gin Price, author of On Edge, a young adult mystery released last month. This week Gin talks about graffiti, an art form that leads to the solution of the murder in On Edge. Intriguing characters, a different take on an urban landscape,... read more

For the Love of Freerunning

This week’s blog is by Gin Price, author of On Edge, a young adult mystery released last month. Gin talks about her discovery of parkour. Intriguing characters, a different take on an urban landscape, and the element of mystery will captivate readers.”... read more

A College Students’ Guide to Surviving the Holidays

This week’s blog is by Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel, author of the recently released YA mystery, Wabanaki Blues. In preparation for the coming season, Melissa shares with college students everywhere her expertise on how to handle the hitches of holiday hoopla. ... read more

Mystery Rules! Today’s YA Readers and the Golden Age

This week’s blog is by B.K. Stevens, author of the recently released YA martial arts mystery, Fighting Chance. Bonnie attended Bouchercon last month, and reports on the YA panel she participated in.  On a brisk, sunny day in early October, I participated in an... read more

The Least You Should Know about Self-Defense

This week’s blog is by B.K. Stevens, author of  Fighting Chance, the latest young adult mystery to be published by the Poisoned Pencil. “a smartly crafted mystery filled with suspense and intrigue” – Kirkus Reviews B.K. Stevens It took less... read more

On Location in Barbados: Shooting a Sea Turtle Documentary

This week’s blog is by author Kate Jaimet, whose YA mystery, Endangered, was released this month by The Poisoned Pencil. Kate recently traveled from her home in New Brunswick, Canada to the island of Barbados in the Caribbean, for the purpose of shooting a... read more

Why Tacoma is a Good Place to Set a Mystery

This week’s blog is by Tom Llewellyn, whose teen noir book, The Shadow of Seth, was published last month by the Poisoned Pencil. Tom writes about the importance of setting in a mystery, and why he chose Tacoma.  “A well-written teen mystery with a likeable... read more

Teen Noir Driver’s Guide

This week’s blog  is by author Tom Llewellyn, whose YA mystery, The Shadow of Seth, was published by the Poisoned Pencil last week. Tom Llewellyn lives and writes in Tacoma, Washington. His first novel was The Tilting House, an MG book published by Random House... read more

Skype an Author, Love a Sea Turtle

This week’s blog is by Kate Jaimet, author of Endangered, a YA mystery to be published by the Poisoned Pencil this coming August.  Kate continues to work outside the lines to get the word out about her book, which features adventure on the high seas trying to... read more