Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Voyagers Author Rebecca M. Douglass and Her Middle-Grade Books

Currently the IWSG Anthologies
blog is featuring posts from 
the winning authors in 
Voyagers:  The Third Ghost.  

This week Rebecca M. Douglas, 
our Ninja Librarian, 
shares her published books.

Rebecca Writes...
I’m a huge fan of middle-grade fiction, and I have written several books for that age range (8-12). Lately more of my work has been for the parents (cozy mysteries, and they are about the Pismawallops PTA, so there’s still a school connection!), but today I want to highlight my children’s books, my first love.

My Favorite Series Starts Here:
The Ninja Librarian

My first published book kicked off the series I really do love the most! The Ninja Librarian is a collection of tall tales that fit together loosely to make a novel. That book was followed by two sequels, Return to Skunk Corners and The Problem With Peggy. Skunk Corners remains one of my favorite places on earth, or it would be, if it existed. You know what I mean! However, I find I have written all I have to say on the town and the characters, so consider the series complete as a trilogy. The episodic nature of the stories has proven appealing to kids who may not want to commit to a whole novel. Though the reading level is high, kids as young as eight have read and loved the books!

      Return to Skunk Corners                                 The Problem with Peggy
                    Amazon                                                                   Amazon

My other middle-grade novel is a fantasy adventure, written with tongue firmly in cheek (this is a pattern that attentive readers will begin to recognize). Halitor the Hero recounts the adventures of a hapless would-be hero who fails every time as he does everything by the book… but might just have what it takes anyway. I have a lot of notes and ideas for a sequel, but it’s never quite jelled, though I’ve written a couple of short stories for a sneak peak at the hero’s further adventures.

Halitor the Hero

Finally, I’m going to give a little love and a shout-out to a book that I really never intended to publish. I put together A Is for Alpine to share with some fellow backpacking parents, but eventually decided that the best way to share was to go ahead and publish it. There are slicker picture books out there, but I’ll bet mine is the only alphabet book that includes “krumholtz” and “victuals” among the featured words.

A Is for Alpine

Rebecca grew up in Idaho, Arizona, and Washington states, and now lives and writes in California. Her imagination resides where it pleases, in and out of this world. Her passions include backpacking, hiking, books, swimming, biking, and moderately adventurous travel. Rebecca is the author of the delightful Ninja Librarian books, as well as a picture book for outdoor families, a mystery series for the parents, and her middle-grade fantasy, Halitor the Hero. After more than seventeen years working at the library, she has retired still without learning all the secrets of the Ninja Librarian.  Learn more about Rebecca at her blog  Her website contains lots of resources, including reviews of children's books and adult books. 

Rebecca shares a book with a classroom of children.
Courtesy of RMD

A Young Fan
Courtesy of RMD

Past Anthology Winner
Rebecca is one of a few authors who has earned a spot in more than one IWSG anthology.  Her previous winning story "The Tide Waits" was in our mystery anthology Tick Tock A Stitch in Crime published in 2018 by Freedom Fox Press. She shared her reasons for writing short stories in an earlier IWSG anthologies post (11/7/18):  5 Reasons to Write Short Stories and Flash Fiction.  Obviously her reasons are working for her!

Currently Rebecca is polishing off her latest book Death by Donut.  Look for this fifth book in her Pismawallops PTA mystery series coming in the new year.

Pursuing Passions
Courtesy of RMD

Coming on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, the next IWSG Day: 
Roland Clarke gives us the scoop on his novel Spiral of Hooves and shares his WIPs.

Till next time ~
Fundy Blue 

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If you haven't read Rebecca's suspenseful short story "A World of Trouble" 
in VOYAGERS:  The Third Ghost, you can find it here.

You can order a copy of
VOYAGERS: The Third Ghost 
at the links below.

Print 9781939844729 $13.95
EBook 9781939844736 $4.99

Juvenile Fiction - Historical / Action & Adventure /
Fantasy & Magic

Rebecca's Story


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I knew it was her blog title but didn't know The Ninja Librarian was a book as well. Well played, Ninja, well played.

Fundy Blue said...

Definitely well-played, Alex! And Rebecca definitely is a ninja! She has accomplished a lot!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Middle grade was perfect for her this time. She also had a story in Tick Tock, the mystery one.

Fundy Blue said...

Thanks for reminding me, Diane. I meant to mention that. I'll add it in.

Roland Clarke said...

Great to learn more about a fellow author - and one of my amazing beta readers. That fan letter is inspiring and says so much about our Ninja Librarian. See you all in October.

Yvonne Ventresca said...

Love the concept of the alphabet book! :)

Rebecca M. Douglass said...

Yes, a kindred spirit!

Rebecca M. Douglass said...

Children are the best fans!

Rebecca M. Douglass said...

Thanks! It has helped inspire a few kids, so mission accomplished!

Rebecca M. Douglass said...

Thanks for the support, everyone! I’ve been wandering around the wilds of Utah, mostly without a cell signal, so I’m a little slow to pop in here, and I’ll disappear again in the morning, but I’m so glad to see you all!

Fundy Blue said...

That fan letter was darling! It made me miss my Sunrise kiddos!

Fundy Blue said...

You can't beat inspiring kids ~ The best mission of all!

Fundy Blue said...

You are something, Rebecca! Take care!

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