Author Archives: Donna Maloy

About Donna Maloy

History, Mystery... and sometimes a touch of Fantasy. Historical adventures for Teens, Tweens and Young Adults.

Teen Tuesday: the Art.Write.Now.Tour

This traveling “Art.Write.Now.Tour” showcases work from teen writers and artists across America who have exceptional creative talent. Continue reading

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Backstory: Putting your world in context

Context = Clue Context gives us clues to the meaning of an unfamiliar word, the emotion behind a friend’s reaction, the point of a political slogan. The word “flag” can call several images to mind. But even if we’ve never … Continue reading

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Teen Tuesday: Are you funny?

“I know one 18-year-old high school senior in Attleboro, Massachusetts,  who is so funny!” “How funny is she?” “She’s so funny, she got a free-lance gig writing jokes for Saturday Night Live!” It may sound like a joke but it’s real life. … Continue reading

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Monday Advice from Editors and Agents: A Pleasure Principle

Mashable is a global, multi-platform online media and entertainment “magazine” with tech, digital culture and entertainment content. If you have unlimited time to browse its ginormous daily content, you’ll find articles on everything from new gadgets to Hollywood scandals to … Continue reading

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TeenWriter Tuesday: Making It Work as a Writer While You’re Still in School

Wisconsin teenager Amy Zhang played tennis after school. She went out with friends and did homework. She also wrote a book. A very good book called Falling Into Place. She was 16 when she found an agent who sold it … Continue reading

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