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Stromberg, Ronica

Stromberg, Ronica

Ronica Stromberg is the author of five children’s books: two published and three under contract. The Time-for-bed Angel, a picture book, came out in 2008, published by Lion-Hudson of England. The book follows the humorous adventures of a guardian angel watching over a rambunctious, bedtime-avoiding boy. Ronica reads the story in day cares, preschools, and early education classrooms during story time or before naps. Her mystery for 10- to 14-year-olds, The Glass Inheritance, came out in 2001, published by Royal…

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Speck, Katie

Speck, Katie

Katie Speck has published two chapter books with Henry Holt Books, MAYBELLE IN THE SOUP and MAYBELLE GOES TO TEA. She is working on a middle grade novel and the third installment in the Maybelle series. She is represented by Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

Schuler, Judy

Schuler, Judy

Judy Schuler’s children’s book, Foxes for Kids, is now out of print, but still available on Amazon. She has published short stories and articles in magazines such as Scholastic Scope, Boys’ Quest, Grit, and Writers’ Journal. She currently does free-lance editing online. She currently does freelance editing from her website, www.editsonline.com.

Peek, Kimberly

Peek, Kimberly

Kimberly Peek is the assistant regional advisor for the Kansas SCBWI. Her work has appeared in Dance Teacher magazine and several advertising trade publications. She teaches kids to write at Cooking Up Stories and is the moderator of Kidlit Central News, a blog highlighting children’s literature created in the Midwest.

Manivong, Laura

Manivong, Laura

Laura Manivong is the author of ESCAPING THE TIGER (HarperCollinsChidren’s Books), a middle grade novel about a Lao boy trying to survive in a Thai refugee camp. Her other children’s publishing credits include ONE SMART FISH (Scholastic / Children’s Press, 2006); Skipping Stones Magazine (2001); and Highlights Magazine (TBA). Laura has also worked as a television writer/producer in creative services since 1992, earning various industry accolades including an Emmy for individual achievement in writing.

Hyde, Judy

Hyde, Judy

Judy Hyde has published three books with Scholastic: ROOKIE READER: RAINY DAY MUSIC and ROOKIE READ ABOUT GEOGRAPHIES: LOUISIANA and INDIANA. She is the current moderator of the Wednesday critique group and has been attending since 1985.

Heos, Bridget

Heos, Bridget

Bridget Heos is the author of twelve YA nonfiction books for Rosen Publishing, on topics ranging from the alkaline earth metals to Lady Gaga. Her three picture books about insect larvae, marsupial joeys, and alligator babies (also nonfiction) will be released by Lerner Publishing beginning in early 2011. Prior to being a children’s book author, Bridget wrote for several newspapers and magazines, including The Christian Science Monitor, The Kansas City Star, and Missouri Lawyers Weekly. She lives in Waldo with…

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Gallion, Sue Lowell

Gallion, Sue Lowell

Sue Gallion writes for children’s magazines, and is working on several picture book projects. She also is writing chapter books for early readers. Sue’s background is in journalism and public and government affairs.

New Site!

New Site!

It’s official – the ¬†Heartland Writers For Kids And Teens ¬†website is up and running! Take a look around and meet the members of HWKT, get the when and wheres of our critique groups, or browse the articles on writing. If you’re new, the best place to start is “Who We Are”. If you’re a current member, feel free to browse and email me with any questions or info. For general questions about Heartland Writers For Kids And Teens, to…

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Bailey, Diane

Bailey, Diane

Diane Bailey has sold three non-fiction books for children, Cyber Ethics (Rosen, 2008), Extreme Careers: Brain Surgeon (Rosen, 2008), and Mary J. Blige (Rosen, 2009), and is furiously finishing two more. She is currently marketing two middle grade novels. The Jack Factor is a light fantasy that retells the Jack and the Beanstalk story, and Steamed! is historical fiction that explores the steamboat-railroad rivalry of the 1850s. She’s also written Firekeepers, a non-fiction book for young readers about the history…

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