Looking Ahead

by Chrysa Smith I love this time of year. The leaves are changing. Pumpkin everything is out. And school has settled back in. Maybe it’s because I have fond memories of beginning school each September, after picking out brand, spanking new supplies. But it’s no less exciting now that school is a distant memory. Or…

The Book Trail

by Chrysa Smith Writing a book can be both exciting and exhausting. While it’s wonderful to catch an idea and try to make it come alive, it doesn’t always survive the cruel pen of the editor. Don’t get me wrong. My editor is worth her weight in gold. And after the edits, the product most…

Dory’s Back!

by Chrysa Smith This time, spunky Dory Oslo is up for another adventure. This time, it’s not in the garden. This time, she’s got lots of other kids involved and Dory’s in trouble. Dory’s coming back—this time, there’s no kidding around. It’s time to play ball! So look out!!!  

It’s a Shore Thing.

by Chrysa Smith Seems on the East Coast, during the warm months, everyone heads down the shore. In NY, it was the beach. Regardless of what you call it, there’s just something so calming, soothing about ocean air wafting up through your nostrils and sand firmly planted under your feet. It seems a naturally great…

On Base

by Chrysa Smith   So here we go. I’m unstuck–at least a little. I’ve got a manuscript. It’s on the right track and far better than the first two attempts at an eighth book. It continues as a Dory Oslo Adventure—the baseball-playing gardener from The Upside-Down Gardener. The story line is close enough to be…

Shutting Things Down

by Chrysa Smith   Well, shops and restaurants aren’t the only things shut down this past year. So is my creativity. With the desire for another book looming, all inspiration has seemingly dried up. And here’s what I learned. Since 2007, I’ve been able to pump out children’s books about every two years. It was…

A Virtual Girl

Madonna sang “We are living in a material world and I am a material girl.” That song, or rather, the melody keeps spinning in my head. I’m living in a virtual world and I’m gonna be a virtual girl–or author. Or both. That’s my song this year, and no doubt, the start of another school…