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Fleur Bradley and I chat about writing mysteries for younger readers, like her newest novels DAYBREAK ON RAVEN ISLAND and MIDNIGHT AT THE BARCLAY HOTEL. We have a frank discussion about burnout and bitterness for authors in traditional publishing. We also discuss specific strategies for reaching reluctant readers, marketing yourself as an author over time, marketing your books for people who won’t read them, Alfred Hitchcock, Agatha Christie, writing for children in the information age, and so much more.
Fleur Bradley is the author of the forthcoming middle-grade mystery DAYBREAK ON RAVEN ISLAND (Viking Children’s Books, Summer 2022), MIDNIGHT AT THE BARCLAY HOTEL, the middle-grade trilogy Double Vision (as F.T. Bradley), as well as the story “The Perfect Alibi” in the Mystery Writers of America’s middle-grade anthology SUPER MYSTERIOUS PUZZLERS, edited by Chris Grabenstein. She regularly does school and Skype visits, as well as librarian and educator conference talks on reaching reluctant readers and is an active member of SCBWI and MWA where she has judged for the Edgars. Originally from the Netherlands, she now lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and two daughters, and entirely too many cats.
From the critically acclaimed author of Midnight at the Barclay Hotel comes a thrilling new middle grade mystery novel inspired by Alcatraz Prison.
Tori, Marvin, and Noah would rather be anywhere else than on the seventh-grade class field trip to Raven Island prison. Tori would rather be on the soccer field, but her bad grades have benched her until further notice; Marvin would rather be at the first day of a film festival with his best friend, Kevin; and Noah isn't looking forward to having to make small talk with his classmates at this new school.
But when the three of them stumble upon a dead body in the woods, miss the last ferry back home, and then have to spend the night on Raven Island, they find that they need each other now more than ever. They must work together to uncover a killer, outrun a motley ghost-hunting crew, and expose the age-old secrets of the island all before daybreak.