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Kathryn Reiss

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Kathryn Reiss was born in Massachusetts, grew up in Ohio, and received B.A. degrees in English and German from Duke University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. After college, she lived in Bonn, Germany as a Fulbright Scholar, and during this time wrote the first draft of her first novel.

Ms. Reiss has been a Writer in Residence for the Princeton Arts Council, a recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Grant for Writers, and has been a featured speaker with (among others) Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, The Northern California Library Association, The International Reading Association, Fresno County Office of Education, Calif
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Kathryn Reiss Hi Christin! I've written eight books for American Girl. The first two were some years ago before the company was bought by Mattel (yes, the toy…moreHi Christin! I've written eight books for American Girl. The first two were some years ago before the company was bought by Mattel (yes, the toy manufacturer!); they were part of an American Girl series called History Mysteries, where intrepid young girls from eras in America's past solve mysteries. The fun for me was in bringing a particular time in the past to life while also inventing a character and a mystery for her to solve! My two History Mysteries are: THE STRANGE CASE OF BABY H and RIDDLE OF THE PRAIRIE BRIDE. Then, after Mattel bought the company and wanted books that had doll/toy tie-ins, that line of books was sold to Rosen Windmill Press., who reissued the books in a line called Mysteries in Time. So they're still available, but not published any more by American Girl. I was asked to write some mysteries for three different American Girl characters, and have done four 'Julie' mysteries, and 1 'Kit' mystery, and 1 'Rebecca' mystery. The Julie mysteries are set in the 1970's: THE TANGLED WEB, PUZZLE OF THE PAPER DAUGHTER, THE SILVER GUITAR, and (forthcoming this winter) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE. My Kit mystery is set during the Great Depression, in 1935: INTRUDERS AT RIVERMEAD MANOR. and my Rebecca mystery is set in 1915: A BUNDLE OF TROUBLE. THey're all a lot of fun to write, but also strange because I didn't create the characters myself, as I have done in all my other books. I hope you'll check them all out!(less)
Kathryn Reiss Writer's block comes when a story isn't working--which is usually because there's something in the plot I've outlined that doesn't really work. So…moreWriter's block comes when a story isn't working--which is usually because there's something in the plot I've outlined that doesn't really work. So I'll take the dogs for a long walk... because I find that I often work out thorny problems... and come back and make a pot of tea, and then sit down to try to put my scenes in order. This happens, then THAT happens, then this, then that... I make lists, trying to be sure things are unfolding the way I need them to. The pot of tea really helps, too! In extreme cases of writer's block I'll put the ms. away for a month and work on something else. When I come back to it, I can usually see what's wrong. (less)
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It's been a long journey with this one... and I can't tell you how thrilled I am that it's out and available to my readers at last. I even just like looking at it on my coffee table! (It isn't true that publishing ever gets to be old hat; I'm as thrilled by my 19th novel as I was by my very 1st...) I appreciate your ordering my new novel, MURDER AT HEATHERSTONE HALL! You are the g... Read more of this blog post »
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“But what are facts, really, except things we’ve already proven? There could be lots of almost-facts out there, still waiting for proof.”
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