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April 7, 2014

Alissa will join fellow authors Elisa Ludwig, Alison Formento, K.M. Walton and Nancy Viau at the Rohrer Memorial Library in Haddon Township, NJ on Saturday, April 12 at 2 p.m. for a panel presented by the South Jersey Writers’ Group titled “Breaking Into Writing for Children and Young Adults.” Pick up some insider tips, get your questions answered and purchase autograph books. For more information on the event and the authors who will be there vista the South Jersey Writers’ Group blog.

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Published on April 07, 2014 07:57 • 4 views

March 31, 2014

Alissa has tremendous respect for all of you vloggers (WordPress kept insisting this word should have been bloggers. Perhaps this blogging platform feels a wee bit threatened by the whole vlogger movement.) out there. She is way more comfortable typing her words than recording them in front of a webcam. The organizers at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival did ask authors to submit some short intro videos this year. So, this is Alissa’s best attempt. You can find out more about the festival at their website or see more author videos on the Hudson Children’s Book Festival Facebook page.

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Published on March 31, 2014 06:26 • 2 views

March 27, 2014

. . . and helps her friend and fellow YA author Gae Polisner celebrate the launch of her new book The Summer of Letting Go in this guest blog post.

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Published on March 27, 2014 16:16 • 2 views

March 13, 2014

WHEN 20 best-selling young-adult-fiction authors invade Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls to work with hundreds of book-loving students, Sister Kimberly Miller will see her dream fulfilled. Read the full story at

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Published on March 13, 2014 12:03 • 4 views

March 4, 2014

As the Little Flower Teen Writers Festival quickly approaches (April 26th!) students and teachers at the school have been posing some questions to authors who will be at the festival. Tonight Alissa answered (or did her best to answer) a bunch of really good, thought-provoking questions. The questions and answers can be seen over at the Little Flower Teen Writers Festival Facebook page.

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Published on March 04, 2014 17:37 • 5 views

March 3, 2014

First, a quick update: The authors’ breakfast originally scheduled for Saturday, March 8 in New Cumberland, PA has been cancelled.

Now, for more exciting news. The NYC Teen Author Festival is just around the corner. The week-long event runs from Monday, March 17 to Sunday, March 23 with events taking place throughout New York City. For the full details on the events visit the NYC Teen Author Festival Facebook page.

You’ll be able to catch Alissa on Saturday at the Berger Forum at the New York City Public Library from 2:40 to 3:20 in a forum entitled “Walking the Tightrope: Finding the Way through Secrets, Lies and Other Treachery” with fellow authors Jacqueline Green, Alexandra Monir, Elisa Nader and Rebecca Serle as well as moderator Aaron Hartzler.

Then don’t miss the giant Books of Wonder mega book signing on Sunday afternoon. Alissa will be signing copies of Shallow Pond from 1:45 to 2:30.

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Published on March 03, 2014 08:27 • 12 views

January 21, 2014

The Keystone State Reading Association Authors’ Breakfast will be held Saturday, March 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in New Cumberland, PA. Members of the Capital Reading Council and the South Central Reading Council as well as non-members are invited to attend this event.

KidLit Authors Club members Alison Formento, Alissa Grosso, Dianne Salerni, Ellen Jensen Abbott, Kit Grindstaff, Nancy Viau and Tim Young will be on hand to talk with teacher and reading specialists and sign copies of their books.

This is a great opportunity for you to meet authors of books for children and young adults, learn more about their books, purchase books, and possibly schedule author visits. There is a wide range of authors and the books represent preschool through high school. Reading Matters will be on hand for you to purchase children’s books as well as books for your own professional growth

For more information and to register for this event please click here.

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Published on January 21, 2014 15:54 • 119 views

January 15, 2014

Read the latest issue of Alissa’s e-newsletter, Writing Life,  to find out what’s been keeping her busy and learn about her thoughts on how writers are not like car manufacturers.

Never miss an issue by subscribing for free today, and be entered to win a prize pack from Alissa each month.

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Published on January 15, 2014 07:04 • 7 views

January 8, 2014




2014 is just a little over a week old so it seems about time for a quick recap of all that was going on in Alissa’s life last year:

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Alissa started off her year on a bad note (get it “note”, portable music device? Clever, no?), by accidentally dropping her iPod in the road and not finding it until the next day. Ever wonder what an iPod looks like after it has been run over by multiple vehicles? Now you know.


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Things did not improve much in the second month of the year, when Alissa’s cat Alci, decided to pull a disappearing act. He spent a little more than a week having an adventure in the cold and relying on the kindness of strangers. Thankfully, he and Alissa live in a town filled with kind strangers and Alci was soon returned safe and sound to his home with a mysterious new sensitivity to gluten. (Desperate author plea: Grain free cat food is expensive! Buy more of Alissa’s books!)


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March proved to be a much better month. For one thing it’s when the weeklong NYC Teen Author Festival is held, which is always a fun time for authors and readers alike. Alissa survived the month without losing any electronic devices or cats.


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In April it was time for a little vacation. Alissa headed down to Florida for a little bit to finally see her parents’ new vacation home and have some fun in the sun.

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In May it was time to get back to work, well fun work, that is. . . with book signings and events like the awesome Hudson Children’s Book Festival. How can you not love having a job where you get to wear a fish (a fake one) on your head? Note: Alissa has never resorted to such tactics to lure readers. Mostly because studies have shown that this will actually frighten teen readers away.


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June kept Alissa busy with more book signings and events like the fun BooksNJ festival in Paramus, NJ.


Shallow Pond


July was an extra special month because Alissa’s third book, Shallow Pond was published. Towns across the country had fireworks shows to celebrate the book’s release.


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In August, Alissa finally got around to celebrating the launch of Shallow Pond with friends and family at the wonderful Clinton Book Shop in Clinton, NJ.

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The end of summer means the start of a new book festival season, and on one crisp fall day, Alissa made the trip up to Warwick, NY for the wonderful Warwick Children’s Book Festival along with lots of other authors including some fellow KidLit Authors Club members.

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October means Teen Reads Week, and Alissa spent the week and then some visiting libraries and book stores to talk to teen readers. Astute observers might have noticed that when she’s promoting her YA novel, author Alison Formento ditches the fish hat and instead puts out a giant container of Twizzlers to bait readers.

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On the Saturday after November, Alissa participated in Indies First, a national effort to encourage holiday shoppers to support their local Independent Bookstores. She joined Josh Berk, Kay Winters and John Grogan in talking with and occasionally helping shoppers at Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem, PA.

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Alissa took a break from baking and wrapping and celebrating with family, to squeeze in a couple of book signings with some festive author pals from the KidLit Authors Club in December. Astute observers will want to note that Alison Formento is now wearing a Santa hat on top of her fish hat. This is what devotion to one’s craft looks like.


All in all, 2013 was a pretty busy year, and Alissa is looking forward to all that 2014 has in store!

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Published on January 08, 2014 08:55 • 5 views

December 21, 2013

Do you love a bargain? Right now you can download the Kindle version of Alissa’s latest book for just $1.99. Shallow Pond makes a great gift for the YA fan who is lucky enough to be getting a new Kindle this Christmas. Click here to grab this great deal.

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Published on December 21, 2013 18:22 • 11 views