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Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Blog, Featured | 1 comment

TODAY – The mystery continues!


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Twelve-year-old Junior Special Agent Sean Gray is in a race against time. Could there be a connection between his testimony in the trial of an international child kidnapping ring and his mysterious accident?

While the sheriff’s department and the FBI are investigating, his new friend, Gabby, gets caught in the web of an online predator and disappears. She’s been missing for more than 48 hours, and the authorities have not been able to find her.

Sean goes undercover to bait the mysterious hunter. But when he becomes the prey, how will he rescue her?

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Week 19: The Next Big Thing

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 in Blog, Writing Wednesday | 1 comment

Holly Hughes tagged me for The Next Big Thing blog hop. She answered these same questions last week on her blog,

What is the working title of your book?

Where did the idea come from for the book?

This is the second book in the SEAN GRAY, JUNIOR SPECIAL AGENT series. The idea for the first book HIDING CARLY, and the series came from a mentoring relationship that I had with an eleven year old boy who went through the FBI Junior Special agent Program. The main character, Sean, was born from this relationship. The story is his.

What genre does your book fall under?

Middle Grade mystery and adventure

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Sean – Dylan Boyack  (from The Hangover)

Andy – Tucker Albrizzi  of Big time Rush and good Luck Charlie

Carly – Joey King  of Ramona and Beezus

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Sean’s testimony in the trial of a child kidnapping ring involving a rogue FBI agent is at the root of a mysterious accident plunging Sean and his new friends smack in the middle of another mystery.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Published by Peak City Publishing
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

One year…still revising
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

NANCY DREW or the HARDY BOYS. Other popular series in this category are Encyclopedia Brown and Cam Jansen stories.

More contemporary novels in the compete category:

CHARLES COLLIER, SNOOP FOR HIRE – A series of middle grade mystery novels by John Madormo follows the adventures of a 12 year old investigator.

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON by Mary Downing Hahn – a stand-alone book follows the adventure of 7th grader, Logan and his friend Arthur as they try to solve a murder mystery.

THE BIG SPLASH by Jack D. Ferraiolo features Matt, a middle school boy who tries to keep the halls safe and free from crime.

THE POSTCARD by Tony Abbott, is an Edgar Award winner, in which 13 year old Jason cleans out his deceased grandmother’s home and gets involved in the mysteries of her life.

John Grisham’s THEODORE BOONE series is also in the competitive category. Where Theodore works with the justice system in his home town to solve some situations of his peers.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

My love of children and the issues that they face. My continued involvement with the FBI.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The uniqueness of the SEAN GRAY, JUNIOR SPECIAL AGENT (JSA) mystery/adventure series is the FBI and the continued involvement and collaboration of the protagonist, Sean with the agency.

Tagged for next week:

Debra Koontz Traverso

Joan Y. Edwards

Linda Anderson

Gretchen Griffith

Sandra Warren


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Posted by on Apr 23, 2012 in Blog | 2 comments

FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association

FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association

I have always been a writer. I have always loved books. When I was three years old, my idea of writing a book was picking a bound book from the library at my house, opening it up and adding some illustrations, via crayons or a number 2 pencil. From there, I ventured into poetry, short stories, articles for school papers, and the senior class song and play.

My first piece of fiction was (is) an adult novel. I had never taken a novel writing course – so I was intimidated! My thought: I will start writing a children’s book! That will be easier! Ha! Was I mistaken! I stumbled into the vast wonderland of Children’s Books.

As a teacher of Language Arts and Social Studies, I was familiar with children’s books. Good books! Great books! Charlotte’s Web, The Wind in the Willows, Goodnight, Moon, Bridge to Terabitha, Little Women, Tuck Everlasting, to name a few. But talking about them after they are written is way different than writing one from scratch! I had a lot to learn about the field of Children’s Publishing!

As I said, I was a teacher for many years. Then I became a school psychologist. And although I had retired from my job as a school psychologist for the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, I still wanted to work with children. I had been mentoring students at Logan Elementary in Columbia for several years. One of the students was enrolled in the FBI Junior Special Agent Program. A program for the fifth graders at Logan. As I closely watched his participation in the program, I was intrigued. The idea for Sean began to dance around in my writer head! I told the Special Agent in charge of the program about some ideas I had with Sean’s character development. He invited me to FBI Headquarters in Columbia.

I interviewed special agents at the FBI Columbia Field Office about their Junior Special Agent Program, which led to negotiations with the FBI Office of Public Affairs (OPA) in Washington DC about my story and an endorsement with them to collaborate on a series of at least 4 or 5 more books based on my protagonist.

I was then nominated to become a member of the FBI Citizens Academyand received training in all areas of the FBI, including terrorism, counter-terrorism, gangs, and hate crimes, kidnapping and cyber-crime. This has given me personal insight into the inner workings of the organization and a great trove of stories for the potential series! Storylines I wish to develop include bullying and hate crimes; chat room lures and cyber-stalking; kidnapping; witness protection; and violent gang and organized crime.

About the FBI Citizens Academies

Want to find out first hand how the FBI works? Hear how the Bureau tracks down spies and terrorists? Learn how to collect and preserve evidence? See what it is like to fire a weapon and put yourself in the shoes of a Special Agent making a split-second, life-or-death decision?

If you are a leader in your community, you just might be able to do that and more––through an FBI Citizens’ Academy, open for business in all 56 of our field offices.

Who attends? Business, civic, and religious leaders. You must be at least 18 years old (with no prior felony convictions) and must live and work in the area covered by the field office sponsoring the academy.

Who teaches? Special Agents in Charge of a field office, their senior managers, and senior agent experts.

For how long? Classes generally meet 10 times (eight on weeknights and two on Saturday) for three hours each session. Each session has around 20-30 students.

The curriculum? Fascinating!

  • Practical problems involving evidence collection and preservation.
  • FBI jurisdiction and congressional oversight.
  • Structure and operation of FBI field offices and resident agencies.
  • Fingerprint, forensic, technology, training, and other services
  • Policies and issues: ethics, discipline, communications, civil rights, and criminal trends.
  • Firearms training.

To find out more about Citizens’ Academies, contact your local field office.

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