Tell me a about yourself. What got you started in writing?
I am a multi award-winning author and requested speaker on the topic of using fun fiction to teach science, geography and history. I show librarians, educators, and parents how using my books can not only challenge readers and the way they think about problems in real life, but I create high interest topics that suck the reader into my stories encouraging them into wanting to know more about the settings, science, history, culture and people. Skills like reading comprehension, reasoning, deduction and observation come together in a myriad of ways.
In my Crypto-Caper Series children get to solve puzzles and cryptograms that are woven strategically inside of the story for the reader to find and solve inside of the books. Each book provides the reader with what they will need to solve the case, providing them with the knowledge and new skills that will help them succeed.
In my Joe-Joe Nut Series, I expertly combine the love of a good mystery with science using the topics of animal tracks, rocks and minerals, as well as weathering, erosion, and art. These books can supplement a curriculum in any classroom. The books also contain extra information like experiments, terminology of the topic, charts, and much more. All books are interactive and fun.
I also write romance novels for adults.
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I have been writing for over 20 years.
How and where do you write? Do you prefer a lap top or do you prefer writing freehand?
I write on my laptop in my room or in my living room.
What's your favorite part about writing? Your least favorite part about writing?
My favorite part of writing is doing research for my books. I always learn so much about the topic I’m writing about. My least favorite part about writing is editing. That takes the longest but it is the most rewarding.
How do you come up with your characters? Why would readers want to get to know them?
My characters are relatable to children and/or adults in many ways. They have similar characteristics or are in similar situations and have similar problems. They also show how they can overcome such adversities and how they can become stronger for doing so. My characters grow along with the story and have to conquer their own fears.
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How do you schedule your writing time? When do you write?
I write in the morning or in the evening when my children are in bed.
What are you currently working on? Do you have a new book out?
I am currently working on book 4 in my Joe-Joe Nut Series-The Parade of Heroes. It is a historical mystery for children in grades 3rd and up. My newest book is my romance novel for adults called Loves Conqueror. This is my 3rd romance novel and has some similar characters from the other books. I have won awards for my romance novels.
Thank you, Renee!
My website www.reneeahand.com
I also have a radio show where I interview authors about their books. The info is on my blog.