• Marlane Kennedy – Award-Winning Author Marlane Kennedy’s first book, Me and the Pumpkin Queen, was published by HarperCollins and came along in 2007 after 14 years of persistent trying and seven shelved middle grade manuscripts. SCBWI was a large part of her learning curve and she fondly remembers her first writing workshop that took place at Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton’s Roots N Wings Ranch about 20 years ago! She was very nervous and awestruck at being around published authors, but came away inspired and determined, despite the ever increasing number of rejections she was collecting. It was a good thing she didn’t give up as Me and the Pumpkin Queen went on to become a Junior Library Guild Selection, a BookPage Notable Book, Book Sense Pick, and a nominee for five state book awards. Her second book, The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes, also published by HarperCollins, made the Bank Street Best Books list, the International Reading Association Children’s Choice list, and was a nominee for several state book awards.    Debuting summer of 2014, her new series with Scholastic, Disaster Strikes, is about kids caught in natural disasters that test their strength, smarts, and courage. Booklist praised Earthquake Shock, the first release of the series: “Full of action and realistic friend dynamics…holds strong appeal for both girls and boys and features a diverse cast of characters. A rare find in transitional chapter books.” Marlane has lived through one tiny earthquake, the blizzard of 1978, and a tornado that swept through Wooster, Ohio, where she lives with her husband and daughter. Though she is having a blast writing about disasters, she is hoping not to add any more to the list! You can learn more about Marlane by visiting www.marlanekennedy.com.  

SCBWI on Ohio Radio

Ohio Public Radio 89.7FM WKSU featured an interview with Northern Ohio SCBWI members on The Regina Brett Show. "Children's Books," an hour-long radio show, originally aired Wednesday September 21, 2011. LISTEN to a recording of the show.


Coming Soon!

February 21: Critique Meet with Marlane Kennedy


March 21: Critique Meet with Gloria Adams


April 18: Critique Meet with Charlie Colman


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