Interview re my newly released novel

Interview re my newly released novel

  http://blog.orcabook.com/tuesday-talk-with-pam-withers/ See an interview with me regarding my newly released middle-grade adventure novel from Orca Book Publishers. And tomorrow morning, my blog will offer an inside story of how it came about: pamwithers.com...
Fall-ing back into a writing routine

Fall-ing back into a writing routine

Only mad dogs and Englishmen write with efficiency and dedication in August, right? Well, guess what? Summer’s over and it’s time to get back into a writing routine. And that’s okay, because I’ve had one of the best summers ever; I feel fully...
Get boys reading

Get boys reading

A key reason boys struggle more than girls in school and life: Adults fail to help them get comfortable with reading at a young age.   Boys read less than girls do. Parents read to boys for shorter periods of time than they read to girls. Teen girls read almost...
No-strings-attached donations to schools? Beware!

No-strings-attached donations to schools? Beware!

          When a company offers materials, supplies or money to a school, it’s a kind gesture, a simple tax write-off and good public relations for the business, correct? Not to mention a boon to the cash-strapped school that involves no...
A writer’s perfect pause

A writer’s perfect pause

I just took a weekend pause for my birthday. And it was a perfect pause, a wonderful getaway. A cabin in the woods on an island I hadn’t visited for years, with my loving husband of 31 years. A couple of hikes, a picnic, a delicious dinner at an Italian...
How to encourage your child’s writing

How to encourage your child’s writing

Smart parents write lots of notes to their kids, and set things up so their children need to reply in writing. At school, notes often take the form of criticism. Parents can counter this association by leaving him notes to compliment him on a job well done; notes are...