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I was thrilled to interview Ruth McNally Barshaw, the author and illustrator of the popular Ellie McDoodle series on my latest From The Mixed-Up Files...of Middle Grade Authors post.  Wow--Ruth is such an inspiration, and shared so much wonderful advice, how she broke into the business, and a fantastic exercise that's great for adults and kids to use when fleshing out a character.  You'll also see three sketches and some info for the 4th Ellie McDoodle book, due out in Spring, 2012.

Leave a comment on the Mixed-Up Files site to enter to win a personalized Ellie book...and Ruth said she'll even add some surprise sketches inside each book!  Two winners will be chosen on Thursday, February 24th.  I can't wait to see who will win these two awesome prizes.  

Ruth's sketches are amazing--and she has tons of them on her website.  Here's one Ruth drew of herself that I included in the interview.  
I've been busy working on my MG revision--it's getting really close to being done.  Wahoo!  I'm hoping to post more about the Miami conference soon, but it takes me a while to organize my notes and type everything up, and I've had to concentrate on my revision, the interview, my critique groups, and the FL SCBWI listserv first.  A new listserv will be coming out soon...with news about the celebration for the opening of the movie Beastly, based on Alex Flinn's incredible novel.

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Mindy Alyse Weiss
I write humorous middle-grade novels with heart and quirky picture books.

I'm an Administrator on the SCBWI Blueboard, the FL SCBWI Newsletter Editor and Critique Group Coordinator, and a proud member of From The Mixed Up Files...of Middle-Grade Authors

I've been married for twenty years and have two beautiful daughters, an adventurous Bullmasador adopted from The Humane Society, and an adorable Beagle/Pointer mix pup who was rescued from the Everglades.

I've been published in Highlights three times and placed in the 80th Writer's Digest Competition.


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