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Debbie Wiley | Back to School with Books
Author Guest / August 12, 2021

A new school year is starting, and thoughts typically would be on the fun new school clothes, the location of one’s locker, the squeak of tennis shoes on the gym floor, or if a best friend or favorite teacher is in one’s classroom. Instead, we find ourselves stuck with another wave of Covid and so many uncertainties about what to do and how to stay safe. I work in the school system and the fear and uncertainty are real, especially for someone like me with an underlying health condition that already impacts my breathing. Rather than focusing on the negative, and all of the things that are out of my immediate control, I’ve instead indulged myself in reading and enjoying books centering around the school system. Any time favorite books featuring a school theme are mentioned, Denise Swanson is the first author who comes to my mind! Denise Swanson was a school psychologist before she became an author, and her wealth of knowledge and empathy for students and teachers shows in each one of her books (with the exception of that horrid social worker in MURDER OF A ROYAL PAIN lol). BODY OVER TROUBLED WATERS features school psychologist Skye Denison-Boyd…

Leigh Perry | A Tradition of Skeletons
Author Guest / September 3, 2014

Though Georgia Thackery, an English professor and single mother, is the actual protagonist of my Family Skeleton mystery series, it’s the skeleton himself that people associate most with the books. You see, the Thackery family skeleton is an actual skeleton: Georgia’s best friend Sid, who lives in the Thackery family attic. Well, sort of. Technically he’s not living. Despite that, Sid walks, talks and makes bad jokes. And he’s the one readers usually mention first when talking about the books. My calling them the Family Skeleton Mysteries may also have something to do with that. I admit that having an osteo-American sidekick is a bit unusual. In fact, when I first came up with the idea of a skeletal sleuth, I thought I was being astoundingly original, even ground-breaking. But the fact is, there are a slew of skeletons in popular culture, and Sid is connected to all of them. Metaphorically, anyway, since he no longer has connective tissue. The most famous skeleton is probably the big guy himself: the Grim Reaper. He’s usually portrayed as a skeletal harbinger of death wearing a chic black robe, carrying a scythe. Sid doesn’t go in much for clothes, other than when attending…