Category Archives: novel

Featured Book: The Heart of Applebutter Hill by Donna W. Hill

Originally posted on THE ISLAND JOURNAL:
The Heart of Applebutter Hill The Heart of Applebutter Hill book 14-year-old Adiaphoran refugees Baggy and Abigail are a bit cynical, as they are alone in a new country. Rounded up with other refugee kids,…

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National Poetry Month: a Tribute from a Fictional Creative Writing Class

“No, you go first.” Here’s a chapter from my novel The Heart of Applebutter Hill. It’s the first day of the summer term at the Plumkettle Learning Center. Our heroine, 14-year-old Abigail, her guide dog Curly Connor and best friend … Continue reading

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Equal Rights for Blind Americans? Author Says We’re not There Yet

As a member of various blindness, advocacy and guide dog organizations, it’s not uncommon to come across a request from a college student to take a survey on blindness, and I’m always happy to participate. Rarely, however, (in fact, never) … Continue reading

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The Changing Behavior Network: Teaching Diversity Through Fiction, Freebies & More 

Win an autographed copy of The Heart of Applebutter Hill; download a free MP3 of “The Rules of the Game;” take a quiz and listen to the best interview I’ve ever done. I never thought I’d say that about just … Continue reading

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Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Fisher Staples: a Book Review

Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Fisher Staples My rating: 5 of 5 stars Afghanistan is a land of war and poverty in which there are rarely any happy endings. How can you tell its story with honesty, sensitivity and … Continue reading

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Novel or Scrapbook: the Benefits of Being a Writer

A Goodreads member recently asked my thoughts on the best thing about being a writer. The following is based on my answer. My first inclination was to make it clear up front that in enumerating the wondrous world of the … Continue reading

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Advice for aspiring writers: Get Your Editor On

Recently, a member of the Goodreads community asked for my advice to aspiring writers. My answer could have gone in so many directions — getting published, building your personal brand, incorporating time into your life to write — the list … Continue reading

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