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Interview Friday with Illustrator & Author Mikey Brooks

Mikey Brooks is a small child masquerading as adult. On occasion you’ll find him dancing the funky chicken, singing like a banshee, and pretending to have never grown up. He is the author/illustrator of several books including BEAN’S DRAGONS , the ABC ADVENTURES series, and author of the middle-grade fantasy-adventure novel, THE DREAM KEEPER . He spends most of his time playing with his daughters and working as a freelance illustrator. Mikey has a BS degree in Creative Writing from Utah State University. He is also one of the hosts of the Authors’ Think Tank Podcast . VSG: I want to thank you for being my guest here on The Writing Mama today. Mikey: It is my pleasure. I am happy to be on a show that helps promote writing for mommies and daddies. VSG : What do you do to help balance your writing life with your family life? Mikey: The best thing for me to do is remember that have more than one role in life and each of those roles requires my attention. Having

Book Review Tuesday: Blast of the Dragon's Fury (Book 1 of the Andy Smithson Series)

About the Book: Ten-year-old Andy Smithson is magically brought to the Land of Oomaldee while he is doing dishes one night. Unbeknownst to him, he is there to break a 500-year-old curse.   Andy learns that his quest is the Dragon’s Lair to find an ingredient critical to breaking the curse - the scale from an elusive red dragon, the fiercest of all dragon species. Andy nearly destroys the castle amidst adventures battling fire-breathing dragons, fighting vicious vulture attacks, escaping people-eating giants and more. A middle grade (5th & 6th grade) fantasy adventure that entertains while teaching uncommon life changing narratives. Publisher: Createspace ISBN: 978-1482312645 ISBN -10: 1482312646 Available in eBook and Print Publication Date: April 2013 Genre: Middle Grade Adventure Overall Thoughts: Those who follow or know me already understand my love of fantasy novels, especially middle grade and YA. I have always found myself drawn to these type