• Michelle Houts – Award-Winning Author Award-winning author Michelle Houts lives and plays on a family farm in Ohio with her three children, the farmer of her dreams, some cattle, hogs, a whole lot of barn cats, a few goats and a dog named Hercules. She enjoys reading, cooking and hiking any place that has hills because it is very flat where she lives.  She is the author of four books for middle-grade readers. Her first book, The Beef Princess of Practical County (Random House, 2009) won the 2010 International Reading Association Children’s Book Award and the 2011 Nebraska Farm Bureau Children’s Ag Book of the Year. The sequel, The Practical County Drama Queen, was published just his year. Also this year, Winterfrost was released by Candlewick Press. It is a Junior Library Guild selection for Fall 2014. And, most recently, Michelle tried her hand at non-fiction, and the result is the first in a series of Biographies for Young Readers, titled Kammie on First: Baseball’s Dottie Kamenshek.  Michelle’s next two books will be picture books, expected to be released in 2015 and 2016. Michelle credits her membership in SCBWI for much of her success. She first attended the Winter Conference in New York City in 2004, where she listened and learned all she could about crafting a great story, submitting, and learning the business of writing for children. Three years later, she had her first contract. Michelle is currently restoring an 1894 one-room schoolhouse in northwest Ohio, where she hopes someday to write and to have a cat, which she’ll name Miss Beadle.    

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.


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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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