Thursday, April 18, 2013
Elizabeth Verdick’s latest effort, "Peep Leap," was inspired by a field trip she and her son attended with Woodbury Elementary.
Woodbury resident Elizabeth Verdick has been writing children’s book since the day her daughter (now 16) was born. Since then, she’s published more than 40 books, many of which have been translated into foreign languages and are sold internationally. Her latest one is a picture book called Peep Leap, a story that was inspired by a field trip she and her son attended with Woodbury Elementary. At the time, her son was a kindergartner. The students went to Minneapolis to visit the Bell Museum of Natural History. There, Verdick saw a display of a wood duck family—the mother ducks nest in tall trees near ponds or lakes. When the ducklings hatch, they must make the leap to the ground below, which occurs on their second day of life. “Imagining …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
“Spilled Blood” is one of five finalists for Best Hardcover Novel in the International Thriller Writers’ 2013 Thriller Awards.
For the second time in three years, a book from Woodbury author Brian Freeman is up for an award from the International Thriller Writers. Freeman’s seventh novel, Spilled Blood, has been named one of five finalists for Best Hardcover Novel in the International Thriller Writers’ 2013 Thriller Awards. “Very cool,” Freeman told Patch. In 2011, his book The Burying Place was also named a finalist for the award. Related: Woodbury Author Up For International Book Award In an April 2012 interview with Patch, Freeman called Spilled Blood “possibly my favorite book.” In a departure from his earlier works, it does not feature the character Jonathan Stride. The novel is set in rural southwestern Minnesota, where two towns are feuding over a chemical…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The Feb. 16 event is part of the Teens Know Best Author Series.
Author Steve Brezenoff will visit the R.H. Stafford Library in Woodbury in mid-February to talk about the writing process and answer questions from those in attendance. Brezenoff, a finalist for NPR’s Best-Ever Teen Book feature, is the author of Brooklyn, Burning, a story about two homeless teenagers. The book was listed on the 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list by the Young Adult Library Services Association. The event—part of the Teens Know Best Author Series—is set for 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. “The Teens Know Best Author Series is the first region-wide author series to focus on writers for teens,” reads a release from Washington County Library. “Working in collaboration with the Teens Know Best Book Club, each of the eight …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
A Q&A with the author, Allan Evans.
Woodbury author Allan Evans’ novel, Killing Time on the Highway, involves a shootout on the highway, eight dead people and the mystery behind $300 million in cash. Much of the action takes place in Woodbury and the east metro. Evans, 53, grew up in Bloomington and also works as the marketing manager at FirstTech. He has been a marketing communications writer for a decade, including a stint as a communications writer for Medtronic, writing everything from magazine ads to ghostwriting articles for cardiac surgeons. Patch asked Evans about the book: Woodbury Patch: Why did you decide to use Woodbury and the east metro as the setting for Killing Time on the Highway? Allan Evans: It's a case of write what you know, and I know—and love—our …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Author Elizabeth Verdick hopes children with autism can “they see themselves in this book.”
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Monday, September 10, 2012
Woodbury resident Elizabeth Verdick recently wrote a book about autism aimed at the children who deal with its affects each day. She has been writing books since 1997, the year her daughter was born. Verdick now has two children, one of whom has autism. Patch asked Verdick about The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Patch: What is the book about? Verdick: This book is about helping children on the autism spectrum (including those with Asperger's Syndrome) discover why they're different. Readers learn that they have some special skills and gifts, as well as some special needs. A diagnosis of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) can be daunting at first. This book aims to help kids face their challenges and meet them as best …
Friday, June 3, 2011
Darrell Rohling's book explores facets of faith.
Woodbury author Darrell Rohling describes his debut novel, Ashes, Ashes as “psycho-spiritual drama of personal devastation, retching reconstruction and the hope of redemption.” Rohling—a psychologist who runs his own counseling business in Woodbury, Life Dynamics Counseling Services—said his fiction novel was inspired in some ways by his work and life, but it also incorporates aspects of sheer imagination that he hopes will hit home with readers. The novel hasn’t been officially unveiled yet; the book launch is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at Throwbacks Grille and Bar. Rohling said he didn’t want to give too much of his novel away before the unveiling, but he did provide Patch with a brief synopsis of the plot: “Mega-church pastor, Hamilton …
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Brian Freeman is in the running for the best novel of 2010 in the International Thriller Writer Awards.
Woodbury author Brian Freeman this July will head to New York City, where he will find out if another award is going on his mantle. Freeman is up for Best Novel of 2010 in the International Thriller Writer Awards for his book The Burying Place, which came out in paperback in March. “I’ll be putting on my tux and crossing my fingers,” he said. Other authors nominated for the award include Mo Hayder, Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, and Minnesota’s John Sandford. “It’s the kind of thing where you always hope you win, but frankly it’s tremendous to be in that kind of company,” Freeman said. “I’ll be walking on air for a week.” Freeman has previously notched other honors—including the Macavity Award for his first novel—and was also nominated …