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Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

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Skinny Dip with Stephanie Greene

What keeps you up at night? Not much. If I do wake up and start worrying about something, I put my newest plot dilemma into my brain. Puzzling over it puts me right to sleep. What is your proudest career moment? I guess I’m most proud that I’m still coming up with fresh ideas after […]

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Skinny Dip with Roxanne Orgill

What keeps you up at night? Thoughts of my two children: their school issues, health problems, things they said or didn’t say. What calms me and gets me to sleep, perhaps oddly, is to think about the book I’m writing at the moment. I can think about parts of it I like, what I’ll write […]

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Skinny Dip with Loretta Ellsworth

What keeps you up at night?  Usually my son Andrew – he’s blind and sometimes gets day and night mixed up. What is your proudest career moment? Finishing a novel, meaning writing and revising until I’m satisfied with it – no matter what happens with the manuscript, I know I’ve accomplished an amazing goal. Describe […]

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Skinny Dip with Candace Fleming

What’s the first book you remember reading? The first book I remember reading on my own is E.B. White’s Stuart Little.  I was seven years old and it was the Saturday before Christmas – the day of St. John Lutheran’s annual holiday party. I loved that party! The potluck. The carols. The visit from Santa […]

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Skinny Dip with Catherine Urdahl

What’s your proudest career moment? I had just started doing author visits and was at a small school that serves a high-risk population of students from preschool through eighth grade. I started with the little ones, and it went well. I had this. Then a group of TALL sixth through eighth graders sauntered in. They […]

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Skinny Dip with Anne Ursu

What keeps you up at night? My cats biting my feet. Describe  your favorite pair of pajamas ever A student got me sushi pajamas. What could be better? In what Olympic sport would you like to win a gold medal? Figure Skating. However, this is very unlikely. What’s the first book you remember reading? There’s […]

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Skinny Dip with Maurna Rome

What keeps you up at night? My mad dash attempts to finish a video, write an article, apply for a grant, or get to the last page of a terrific book often keep me up at night.  What is your proudest career moment? My proudest career moment changes each year as I discover the unique […]

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Skinny Dip with Rick Chrustowski

What animal are you most like? Sometimes I am a Zen-like praying mantis, sitting and watching the world. And other times I am hopped up like a hummingbird zipping around trying to get a bunch of things done at once or, if I am at a party, trying to meet everyone in the room. Which […]

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Skinny Dip with Steve Mudd

What’s your favorite holiday tradition? A Christmas tree! Were you a teacher’s pet or teacher’s challenge? Sadly, pet. What’s the first book report you ever wrote? The first one I can remember that made an impression on me was an oral report on Shane (with which the teacher, one of my favorites, was not overly […]

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Skinny Dip with Emilie Buchwald

What keeps you up at night?  All that I didn’t accomplish during the day. All that I hope to accomplish the next day. In what Olympic sport would you like to win a gold medal? The marathon. The long distance performance inspires me.  I’ve driven a marathon course of 26.2 miles and can’t imagine being […]

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Skinny Dip with Diana Star Helmer

What animal are you most like? My answer to this question could unwind like an endless ball of yarn! But I shall try to be brief. For as long as I can remember, I have loved cats. Looking back at my life, I can see how I am cat-like. I watch; I always have. When […]

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Skinny Dip with Amy Baum

What keeps you up at night? The Disney version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I had to sleep in my sister’s room for 6 months after that terrifying cartoon. What’s the first book you remember reading? Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik. I loved Little Bear and his very functional family. Also, I thought […]

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Skinny Dip with Nancy Bo Flood

What keeps you up at night? Popcorn in the brain. Ideas are popping and images are streaming through my brain. I know that if I don’t get up (ugh, really, 3 am?) and write them down, I won’t have a clue in the morning what they were. All those brilliant ideas, gone! I like to read […]

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Skinny Dip with Melanie Heuiser Hill

What’s the first book you remember reading? Ramona the Pest. My elementary school was visited by RIF (Reading is Fundamental) twice a year—the best days of the year. You had to be in second grade to peruse the tables of novels that were set up in the entry-way to our school. It was enormously exciting—so […]

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Skinny Dip with Candice Ransom

Do you like to gift wrap presents? Yes! I’ll buy the gift wrap before I buy the present! Years ago when I was a teenager, Hallmark started carrying their products in Dart Drug. I lathered over the Hallmark section, spending my allowance on Peanuts cards and gift tags and wrapping paper, yarn and fancy bows. My […]