Authors Series: Guest Post by Andy Mulberry

About 1 and a half years ago, I did a Q&A with Andy Mulberry, fellow middle-grade author who blogs on the wacky Something Smells Fishy Here! She’s just released her third book in her Skycastle books series, with the fourth fast on its way. Fearless and adventure-loving readers are in for a real treat!

Today, I’m thrilled and honored to have Andy on my little space again. Ever wondered what an author gets up to when she isn’t busy writing stories? Andy, for one, loves taking roadtrips. In this Guest Post, she takes us on her recent jaunt to Southern California. Thank you, Andy, for sharing!


Thank you for having me, Rachel! Grab a cup of tea and put on your jammies, I’ll take you on a journey to, not Belzerac, but to Southern California, by way of snapshots taken with my trusted smartphone. ‘Cause if I’m not writing or reading or taking a nap, I like taking roadtrips along the coast and up to the mountains.

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Laguna Beach, California

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Laguna Beach, California

These are snapshots from Laguna Beach, California. A quaint and eclectic town, Laguna Beach is an active artist community with countless art galleries. I like to come here for fish tacos and to watch the surfers do their thing—but even better are the early mornings when the beach is deserted except for the seagulls that try to steal your breakfast croissant.

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Those darn seagulls! Always hungry.

I took the below shot while driving to Idyllwild, which is nestled in the San Jacinto mountains. I come here for the tall pines, the cedars and the awesome hiking trails. No seagulls here, but beware the black bears that probably would want you for breakfast, not just your croissant. (Full disclosure: I’ve yet to see a bear during hiking; I’m starting to believe they’re just a myth.)

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On my way to Idyllwild, California

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View from Runyon Canyon Hiking Trail, Los Angeles, California

While we’re in the midst of winter, I regret to inform that it is currently 67F and sunny here. For someone like me who loves clouds, autumn rain and blustery winds, living in Southern California can be tough indeed. And if you’re ever around, let me know and I’ll buy you a cup of tea 🙂

In the meantime, you can connect with me on Twitter, Goodreads or my blog.

Andy Mulberry writes middle-grade fiction and lives in Southern California with her scowling teenager, a chubby blue cat-beast, an imaginary dog and one leaky roof. Her latest release, the third in a middle-grade series aimed at reluctant readers (boys!), is out now. Ask her for free review copies!

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Q&A Monday: Andy Mulberry

The blogging world can be vast and wide and it is a boon to discover a community of people who share a similar interest, namely writing. Since I started this blog, it has been interesting to be a part of a lively group of mostly like-minded individuals who are passionate about writing and reading, and who are by and large welcoming and generous with their advice and experience with fellow writers on the same journey. But on rarer occasions, you stumble on the blog of someone whose personality is so sparkling, whose posts are so entertaining you want to bookmark their site almost immediately because you know for certain you’d want to check back constantly—and what do you know, they happen to be authors too. Andy Mulberry has one of these blogs.

A writer of middle-grade fiction, she’s already published two books in her Skycastle series, and a third instalment is due for release in early 2015. Because she has such an engaging, sassy writing style, I was surprised when she revealed in a recent post that she’s fairly new to the whole blogging game. Maybe I felt a certain affinity with this “working mom by day and writer by night” whose books involve “strange adventures, odd characters and mysterious circumstances,” but I thought, if she was only just getting started, boy am I eager to hang around for what’s to come. She’s also awfully nice. After exchanging a few friendly emails, she graciously accepted my invitation for a Q&A.

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Andy Mulberry

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Q&A Mondays: Melanie Lee

Reading Rachel is officially kicking off a series called Q&A Mondays, which profiles people in various professions. For this week, I’m very proud to feature Melanie Lee, a Singapore-based author. She and I were colleagues many moons ago at a public relations firm, our first jobs upon graduation. Melanie went on to work in various industries before deciding to devote herself to writing full-time. She lives with her photographer husband and 2½ year-old son Christian in Singapore.

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