How Do You Write About Love?

This week’s blog is written by Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel. Melissa’s YA mystery, Wabanaki Blues, follows the exploits of a young Native American blues guitarist in the wilds of New Hampshire. Melissa writes about love, a central topic for her protagonist,... read more

A Promotional Idea You’ve Never Heard Of

This week’s blog is by Poisoned Pencil author Kate Jamait, who has announced a Kickstarter campaign to fund a most unusual promotional plan. Kate’s book, Endangered, will be out the first week of August. When Poisoned Pencil press accepted the manuscript... read more

When Rumors Spread Like Diseases

This week, Author Catherine A. Winn blogs about the evils of spreading rumors and how rumor can affect the average teenager. In her YA mystery, Beyond Suspicion, Winn’s heroine Shelby becomes the victim of severe rumor-mongering after her younger brother is... read more

Teen’s Online: Enlightenment or your Worst Nightmare

This week’s blog is by Catherine A. Winn, author of Beyond Suspicion, a YA mystery released this week. Her mom’s remarriage has been hard on fifteen year old Shelby. Roger is strict and treats her like a child. When her baby brother is snatched, Shelby tells the... read more

Call 911!

This week’s blog, about plausibility in writing,is by Ellen Larson, editor of the Poisoned Pencil, which publishes mystery books for teens Check out the Poisoned Pencil authors and browse our good books for teens to see Ellen’s writing theories at work.... read more

Prom Chaos

This week’s blog is by M Evonne Dobson, the author of Chaos Theory, released from the Poison Pencil on Feb – 2015. Kathryn Burak, Edgar Awards finalist calls it “…a great YA mystery from a promising new voice.” Check out her webpage at MEvonneDobson.com,... read more

Paperclip Chaos

This week’s blog is by M Evonne Dobson, the author of Chaos Theory, released from the Poison Pencil on Feb – 2015. Kathryn Burak, Edgar Awards finalist calls it “…a great YA mystery from a promising new voice.” Check out her webpage at MEvonneDobson.com,... read more

To Tip or Not to Tip? That is the Question

This week editor Ellen Larson shares her thoughts on the value of Top-Ten-Tips-Type lists for writers. Ellen has been a freelance substantive / content editor since 1987. She is the editor of the Poisoned Pencil. And the Answer Is So there’s an email sitting in your... read more

Cover Reveal: Beyond Suspicion

  This week we are pleased to reveal the cover of Beyond Suspicion, a young adult murder mystery by Catherine A. Winn, the sixth book to be published by The Poisoned Pencil. Do you see what I see? Title: Beyond Suspicion Author: Catherine A. Winn Publication... read more

A Day to Remember

This week’s blog is by Treva Hall Melvin, whose YA mystery, Mr. Samuel’s Penny, was released this week. “A smart, funny pleasure, as satisfying as sipping lemonade on the front porch with a favorite grandparent.” -Kirkus Reviews Treva,... read more