Congratulations to Robin Newman her new book THE CASE OF THE POACHED EGG. She has agreed to participate in our book giveaways. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you did to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Check back to discover the winner.
When Penny goes missing from the nest, Wilcox and Griswold are called in to track her down. Was the egg stolen by a rival for The Most Round in the Spring Egg-stravaganza? Was she used in a carrot cake or scrambled by a hungry porker? Or was she held for a hefty corn ransom? Who took Penny and can the detectives find her before trouble hatches?
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MY LASTEST BOOK…
The book is filled with foul play and fowl at play. There are two new characters: Gabby Goose, as the name suggests, is a gabber and a gossip. Colonel Peck is a crabby old rooster constantly losing his kernels of corn.
“Wait one chicken pickin’ second!” honked Gabby. “Who are you calling a gabber and a gossip?”
Robin Newman: “My apologies, Gabby! Do you want to tell the readers a little bit about yourself?”
Gabby Goose: “Well, I suppose some might think this book is about a chicken and her egg who’s gone A.W.O.L., but the heart of the story is really about a goose.”
Robin Newman: “You mean you’re the star of the show?”
Gabby Goose: “Well isn’t it obvious? I was talking to the ducks, who heard it from the cows, who discussed it with the goats, who naturally overheard it from the chickens, and everyone knows chickens don’t lie, that I, Gabby Goose, was the main beloved character of the story.
Colonel Peck: “Hold it one cockamamie minute! You’re going to listen to that crazy, gabbing goose?”
Gabby Goose: “Much better than listening to a cranky old Colonel who can’t keep track of his kernels?”
Robin Newman: “I didn’t mean to ruffle any feathers. Now will the two of you calm down before Kathy Temean kicks us off her blog? I can easily write you both out of the third book. So, watch it!”
Gabby Goose: “You’ll be hearing from my agent! Honk!”
Colonel Peck: “Mine too! I wonder if J.K. Rowling could use a suave and debonair rooster in her next book.”
As I was saying, there’s lots of fun word play and chicken, egg, and goose humor on steroids in Wilcox & Griswold’s latest caper.
**No chickens, roosters, geese, or eggs were harmed during the writing of The Case of the Poached Egg, but it doesn’t mean it can’t happen afterwards.
How I came to write for children is a very long story. You may want to grab a seat and a snack. Do you like carrot cake?
Once upon a time, I was a miserable attorney. That’s miserable with a capital M. One dark, stormy, scary day, I quit. And while trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life, aside from eating my way through the chocolate éclair section of my favorite bakery (it wasn’t pretty), I ended up doing research and writing projects for a family law attorney/law school professor before becoming a legal editor. As an editor, I loved the creative work, writing the blurbs and marketing materials, but it wasn’t until I was pregnant that I truly got the writing bug.
For the holidays, I wrote stories for my nieces and nephew. I didn’t realize it at the time, but some of those stories became picture books, and one in particular, became my early chapter book, The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake. After my son was born, my husband encouraged me to take a writing class—my first writing class. I signed up for a children’s fiction writing workshop and as soon as I walked in, I knew I had found my people.
It took me just about eight years to hold my first book.
or 96 months
or 417 weeks 3 days
or 2,922 days
or 70,128 hours
or 4,207,680 minutes
or 252,460,800 seconds
But who’s counting?
*Anyone who knows me is very much aware that I lack a gene for patience.
I was introduced to my agents, the amazing and incredible dynamic duo, Liza Fleissig and Ginger Harris-Dontzin, at the Liza Royce Agency, by a fellow writer and illustrator. I had emailed Liza a number of my manuscripts, but it wasn’t until we actually met at the 2012 NJ SCBWI Annual Conference that she agreed to represent me. In 2013, I signed a contract with Creston Books for The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake and Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep. And the rest is pretty much writing history.
I truly feel like the luckiest writer in the world. I am beyond grateful to Liza Fleissig, Ginger Harris-Dontzin, and to my amazing, incredible, you-take-my-breath-away editor and publisher at Creston Books, Marissa Moss, for taking a chance on me and my mouse detectives. A number of publishers said there wasn’t enough room on the market for another mouse detective story. I am so glad that Marissa thought otherwise.
Raised in New York and Paris, Robin was a practicing attorney and legal editor, but she now prefers to write about witches, mice, pigs and peacocks. She’s the author of The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake, A Wilcox & Griswold Mystery (Creston Books) and Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep (Creston Books). The second book in the Wilcox & Griswold mystery series, The Case of the Poached Egg (Creston Books), releases April 2017 (but is already available for pre-order at your favorite independent bookstore, Amazon and Barnes & Noble) and No Peacocks! (Sky Pony Press), flies onto bookshelves fall 2017. Robin lives in New York with her husband, son, goldfish, and two spoiled English Cocker Spaniels.
Thank you Robin for sharing your journey with us and offering one lucky winner a copy of your new book, THE CASE OF THE POACHED EGG.