Friday Fun – Early Writing Influences

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Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.

QUESTION: What writers and stories influenced you early in your life and/or writing career and how did they do so?

hennrikus-web2Julie Hennrikus: Nancy Drew was a huge influence on my mystery writer brain. I would say Carolyn Keene, but since Carolyn was several people and I don’t know who wrote which books, I can’t point to a specific Carolyn. I liked Hardy Boys, but didn’t read Trixie Belden back in the day.
JME5670V2smCROPJamie Wallace: Since I started writing when I was a kid, I have to go back quite a way to find my early writing influences, and boy were they many and wildly varied! I was a pretty voracious young reader. I…

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Travel Blooper Friday: There’s No “Sand” in “Sandwich” (at least there shouldn’t be)

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In honor of our upcoming week at the beach (yes, an entire week!) this week’s travel blooper features a rather sad Jersey Shore incident that took place several years ago. Let’s hope we don’t have a repeat in St. Martin…

Jersey Shore, circa 2012: my-not-yet-ex-boyfriend and I took a trip to the beach with his two teenage sons, who were visiting for the summer. Being the efficient planner that I am, I suggested we pack sandwiches the night before and helped the boys divvy up the lunch prep duties before carefully packing the sandwiches into the same bag the slices of bread had originally come from in order to cut down on the use of Ziplocs.

I did not know at the time that recycled bread bags are not boy-proof. Certainly not teenage boy-proof.

So I sat there reading my book, trying to ignore all of the incessant Star Wars…

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