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FIVE ON FRIDAY with Brenda Seabrooke

Our FIVE ON FRIDAY guest this week is Brenda Seabrooke. Brenda is the author of numerous children’s books, including Cemetery Street, which is a Mystery Writers of America 2009 Edgar Award Nominee for Best Children’s Mystery. You can visit Brenda at her website:

When did you know that you first wanted to be a writer?
At the age of 4 when I found out that they didn’t just appear, that somebody wrote those wonderful, magic things called books!

What book or writer do you feel influenced you the most?
I don’t think any one book influenced me but I did read my way through the complete works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Allen Poe starting at age 10. Before that I read all of Dr. Doolittle and the Walter R. Brookes series about Freddy the Pig.

What book or books are you currently reading or have recently read that you’d recommend to others?
I am currently reading How Oliver Olson Changed the World by Claudia Mills.

If you could offer one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Read books in the field you want to write in. When I taught writing I was so amazed at the number of people who wanted to write for children but only read popular adult writers.

Can you share with us your next project or any information about the next book you’re working on?
I’ve just sent in the galleys for Wolf Pie, a transition book just past easy readers but before novels. (Clarion, 2010) It’s a different direction for me, a humorous book about the antics of the Pygg Brothers and Wilfong Wolf.

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