Thursday, May 21, 2015

I PASSED THIS WAY by Patricia Crandall, dedicated to Babcock Lake (book of Poetry)

I Passed This Way is a second printing of a book of published poetry descriptive of the four seasons. It takes you through a winter wonderland, a spring rebirth, summer fantasies and the vivid colors of autumn. The dedication is a poem to Babcock Lake, a special place in the Grafton Mountains to live and visit.

Patricia Crandall has published numerous articles and short stories in various magazines and newspapers. She has five books in print including I Passed This Way, Melrose, Then And Now, a historical volume, The Dog Men, a thriller, and Tales of an Upstate New York Bottle Miner, non-fiction, and Pat’s Collectibles, a collection of short stories. She lives with her husband, Art, and a cat, Betti, at Babcock Lake in the Grafton Mountains near Petersburgh, New York. Visit her at

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

Why did you decide to write this book? Secrets is a natural outgrowth of The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween.  Afterall, we all grow older, whether we wish to stop time or not, and so does the girl.  I wanted to take her into her early teen years in this book, so she could come alive with so many of the issues, feelings and happenings that we all go through or have gone through. 

Can you tell us a bit about the book?  You know, I'm a positive psychologist and a school psychologist.  So Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen is more than light fiction.  It is a girl's story that has within it so many issues and feelings that can be discussed and processed.  Some of these are a crush (who hasn't had one), having to move, family issues including parents that fight, sibling problems including a baby, best friends, both old and new, school bullies, worries about illness and death in the extended family, family secrets.  And I could go on with the list!  The girl deals, handles and lives through all of the above. 

Is there a message in your story that you want your readers to grasp?  Yes, I want to the reader to realize that growing up is not a piece of cake, but we all do it and the more we help kids work their way through some difficulties the more likely they will grow up strong and resilient!
Do you have any projects you’re working on right now?  Yes, I am contemplating the third book in this series, how old should the girl now be?  What should happen to her? And I just revised the play version, The Locket,  of The Truth and Secrets, which I am planning to produce soon.  You can find girls playing The Girl and her best friend Angela on my You Tube Playlists: The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween, The Truth and Secrets. I am also getting ready to work on the next installment in my romance mystery book for women: Around Every Corner, Romance & Mystery....

What would you like our readers to know about you? As I mentioned above I am a psychologist so I bring the passion of helping people to my endeavors as an author!

For what one accomplishment would you most like to be remembered? That is hard.  I would say I would like to be remembered as a Pathfinder in the field of Positive Psychology for Women and I would like the Girl in both The Truth and Secrets to be known as a special girl, like Laura in Little House on the Prairie, who reaches out via her life and feelings to millions of other girls! 

Can you share your website and any sites you'd like us to see?,,  Dr Barbara Becker Holstein: Psychologist & Author on Facebook,www.authors& ,

What steps do you take to market your book?  My books were picked up by Sky Pony Press which has greatly helped in the marketing of them. 
Where can our readers find your book(s)?  Amazon and all other outlets and stores.

Thank you for doing the interview. Is there anything you'd like to add? Love to hear from anyone who reads Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen.  Write to me at and also put up a review on Amazon, Goodreads, etc.  Thank you so much for a chance to talk about Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen!