Friday, June 21, 2019




has arrived at castle Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Clearfork.

Please join me in welcoming the fantastic fairytale characters in their fractured "poetic stories." 

And there is a challenge for you........ a chance to win a signed copy and a rhyming picture book critique.


1. Write a "fractured fairytale poem" of your own. 


What is a fractured fairytale?

It's a fairytale that has been modified in such a way as to make the reader laugh at an unexpected characterization, plot development, contrary point of view, or characters from other stories mixed together.

2.  Post it in the comments below.

3. Spread the word on social media and tell me where you shared it.

***TWO WINNERS will be announced on July 1st.

If you choose the book, address must be a U.S. address. The rhyming picture book critique is worldwide.


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Interview with SPORK Author Erin Le Clerc

G'day, Erin.

 The Storyteller's Scroll would like to welcome a SPORK children's author from the "land down under." My readers will be interested in your path to publication.

1. How long have you been writing?

My whole life, really! But in terms of making a serious commitment to writing children’s fiction specifically, about three years.

2. When and where do you write?

Most of my writing is done in my favorite armchair in my living room, but I write best on my laptop, so can happily port it to wherever suits my mood. I feel my creative brain works better at night, so evenings tend to be my most productive.

3. When did you start the first draft of I’ve Got A Cow Called Maureen and how long, from that point, until the book was completed?

My first draft of Maureen was in August 2017 and was ready for submission in September. Clear Fork Publishing picked it up in November 2017!

4. How many revisions?

There were three significant revisions from the first draft to the one I submitted, and then smaller revisions right up until the final illustrated version of Maureen. Some of the illustrations affected text placement, and so a few paragraphs were shortened, and a few words were adjusted to suit. 

6. How long did it take to sell once you started sending the story out into the market? 

I developed Maureen in the Children’s Book Academy Picture Book Writing course in August 2017, and Maureen was actually picked up from the “Golden Ticket” submission opportunity at the end of the course. I know this is a slightly back-to-front route into publishing, as I’m now sending out submissions to agents for representation!

7. How did you become affiliated with Clearfork/SPORK?

Callie Metler-Smith from Clear Fork was one of the Golden Ticket judges, and Mira Reisberg of Children’s Book Academy had just taken on an editorial position with Clear Fork. Sometimes you end up in the right place at the right time!

8. Was there anything that surprised you about the editorial/publishing process?

I was so new to publishing that I went in without a lot of expectations, really! That said, the number of changes and adjustments, right up to the finish line, was a definite whirlwind! I was also really impressed with the kindness and support shown to me by my publisher, editor, and all the lovely authors I’ve met along the way! 

9. Would you please summarize I’ve Got A Cow Called Maureen for us in one sentence.

It’s the true story of how my Nana Maureen became Australia’s Champion Swiss Yodeler in the 1940s, despite being part-deaf!

10. Could you briefly tell us about what inspired this picture book.

The picture book is based on my Nana’s true story. I was trying to decide what to write during the CBA course when my mum mentioned a story about my Nana that made me laugh: every time she was introduced to a local farmer, they’d exclaim “Why, I’ve got a cow called Maureen!” This funny little anecdote was the “way into” telling the story of Nana’s amazing and unusual yodeling career!

 Erin is graciously giving away a picture book critique of 500 words or less. To be eligible please leave a comment below and share this post on your social media. Leave a link so we can see where you left fabulous comments for Erin. :)

One winner will be selected on May 7th. Stop back to see if you won and thanks for sharing Erin's debut picture book journey.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

BOOK LAUNCH - Daddy, Can You See The Moon?

The book launch for my newest picture book, Daddy, Can You See The Moon? is set for April 27th.

I am very excited to share this important story with children and families.

Please stop by, if you are in Scranton, PA that day.

Thank you.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Beyond The Fairytale - Online Writing Course for Children's Writers

For a story to truly hold a child’s attention it must entertain them and arouse their curiosity. But to enrich their life it must stimulate imagination and help develop intellect!

No story does it better than fairytales!

On April 12thI will be leading a roundtable discussion at the Eastern Pennsylvania SCBWI Pocono Retreat. The topic? Beyond The Fairytale: Something Old! Something Borrowed! Something New!

It will be shortened version of my writing workshop using a traditional fairytale as a mentor text to find the writer’s voice for PB, MG, or YA (writer’s choice) 

Participants will discover the kernel of a potential new children’s story from a fairytale. Participants should bring their favorite fairytale to use as a mentor text. 

My favorite fairytale is The Twelve Dancing Princesses, sometimes called The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces because as stated above, it always did and still does stimulate my imagination. It’s that stimulation that I hope will allow my participants to create a setting and framework for a new story, which is different, yet holds the premise of the original tale. 

My urban fantasy YA novel, RATGIRL: SONG OF THE VIPER, is an example of this method of writing. 

And my newest picture book, ONCE UPON A TWISTED TALE, is a poetry collection of ‘fractured fairytales.’

Before the workshop is over, participants will have the first page of a new work completed. And I will offer an opportunity to submit the first chapter (novel) or entire picture book for critique.

Anyone else interested in this writing workshop? I've taught it at The Cliffhouse Writer's Retreat, The Milford Readers and Writers Festival and now at SCBWI Eastern PA Pocono Retreat

Past participants and my past students have asked me to teach this as an online course. I'm contemplating it if there is enough interest. After all, I taught Children's Literature for thirty years. Why stop now? 

Please comment below. If we have 10 interested writers I will develop an online "fairytale' course, covering prequels, sequels, and fresh retellings.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

There's a New Alligator in the Reading Pond!

Today, I’d like to share a review I’ve written for my friend and rhyming colleague, B.J. Lee. Her new picture book, THERE WAS AN OLD GATOR WHO SWALLOWED A MOTH released yesterday. 

Alligators are an intriguing subject and very popular with young children and families. Just visit the various alligator parks in Florida. 

From Mercer Mayer to Leo Lionni, alligators have been a fun topic for children's picture books. And now, BJ Lee has added another one.  

I met BJ years ago when we were both members of THE POETS’ GARAGE. The Garage is a supportive community of writers who write verse for children. They write and critique everything from haiku to full rhyming picture books.

There Was An Old Gator Who Swallowed a Moth can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indie bookstores.

And now, for my review...

There was an old story that is written anew. 
I loved reading it aloud, and so will you!

Lee’s choice of subject and her delightful rhyming word choices make this parody of a children’s favorite cumulative tale unique. Filled with wonderful alliteration and perfect rhythm, Lee’s writing helps the reader glide right through the verses as easily as the gator slips through the swamp. And Opie’s humorous graphic illustrations just add to the fun.

You can follow B.J. on her writing journey at

Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Winner of Ellen Leventhal's Giveaway at THE STORYTELLER'S SCROLL


Ellen Leventhal has randomly selected a winner of her picture book manuscript giveaway.

And the winner is:


The Storyteller's Scroll must be your lucky place, David. That's two manuscript critiques you have won here. Spread the word!!!

You can contact Ellen through me or DM her on Facebook.

Thanks for guessing everyone............oh, and you were all correct, except for Michele. But she was just trying to add a little variety to the guesses. :)

The lie was... Ellen did not get Lola's title from a song!

Too easy, huh! Next time, she'll have to make it a harder choice.

Thanks for visiting The Storyteller's Scroll.


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