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Writing for Middle Grade Readers w/ Eileen Hobbs


Welcome to Chapter 46! My guest is Eileen Hobbs, author of the five books in the The Heath Cousins Series. Eileen grew up in Thailand as the child of missionaries and those experiences have found their way into her work, especially her most recent standalone book, Under the Golden Rain Tree. Eileen worked and taught at the University of Oklahoma for over 20 years, but is now focused on her writing career.

In our conversation we talk about Eileen’s work and the inspirations behind her books. We also talk about the importance of character progression in book series, some advice for emerging middle-grade authors, and the fun of getting to interact with students and teachers around her books. Connect with Eileen: Website | Instagram | Facebook


Jensen Bloom is our reviewer. Jensen is a medical writer and editor who lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In the rest of her time, she enjoys science fiction, humor, movies, and writing children's literature. She loves to travel and would go to outer space if they would let her. Jensen reviews Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir Connect with Jensen: Twitter | Instagram Mentioned on the Show: The Silent Patient - Alex Michaelides Rizzo and Isles series - Tess Gerritsen Not a Happy Family - Shari Lapena Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden The Ginger Tree - Oswald Wynd The Enchanted April - Elizabeth Von Arnim Little Women - Louisa May Alcott


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