Interview with Christopher Healy

Interview with Christopher HealyChristopher Healy, our next Wizard of Words, helps readers across the globe find their inner hero.

Christopher is the author of The Hero’s Guide trilogy as well as the upcoming The Worst Thing About Saving The World. A New York native, he started his writing career as a video game reviewer but also lent his byline to various newspaper, magazine and website articles before penning his first novel, The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.

Thank you for taking time to answer our questions, Christopher!

Read the rest of this entry »

Interview with Michelle Eastman

Michelle-EastmanOur next Wizard of Words is Michelle Eastman, the author of the new children’s picture book, The Legend of Dust Bunnies, a Fairy’s Tale. She began her career as an elementary teacher in the West Des Moines School District. At Iowa Public Television, she wrote educational content for the K-12 Connections Team, serving teachers and students in more than 200 Iowa school districts. When she’s not chasing dust bunnies or her cats, she likes to cuddle up with a good book and her son.

Thank you for contributing to Wizards of Words series, Michelle! Read the rest of this entry »

Interview with Cressida Cowell

Cressida-Cowell_17 Magic Islands is proud to welcome Cressida Cowell to our Wizards of Words blog.

Cressida is the creator of the acclaimed How to Train Your Dragon series. 2014 has been an epic year for this British author with a new Dragon book coming out in June, a second movie adaptation of her most famous series being released in July, just to name a few of her most recent accomplishments.



7 Magic Islands: While you are best known for your How to Train Your Dragon series, they’re not your first venture into the world of the printed word. How did you get your start writing? Read the rest of this entry »

Interview with Sarah Prineas

Sarah Prineas - interview for 7 Magic IslandsArmed with her computer named Pip, author Sarah Prineas penned The Magic Thief series as well as The Winterlings series. Sarah is the next Wizard of Words!

Sarah makes her home in rural Iowa with her “mad scientist” husband, two kids, one cat, two dogs, five goats and the Four Chicks of The Apocalypse. In addition to writing books for kids, Sarah has a young adult fantasy coming out next year.

7 Magic Islands: Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions, Sarah! Let’s turn back the clock for just a moment. What did you like to read when you were growing up? How often did you read?

Sarah Prineas: As a kid, I was a passionate reader.  My mom took us to the library once a week, and I basically made my way through the entire children’s collection.  I don’t read much non-fiction now, but back then, I read this entire kids’ biography series about people like Kit Carson and Amelia Earhart.  I also loved Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series, and all of Madeleine L’Engle’s books. Read the rest of this entry »

Interview with Marc Clark

Marc Clark - interview for 7 Magic IslandsUp next in our Wizard of Words series is Marc Clark.
Marc is the award-winning author of The Princess Fables, including such installments as Princess Sabrina and The Very, Very, Very Long Day and The Princess Who Was Very, Very Organized.
In addition to penning several acclaimed children’s stories, Marc shot, directed and produced the HBO Family series 30X30 Kid Flicks and worked for HBO and Cinemax as a producer and writer of more than 2,000 pieces.

Read the rest of this entry »

Interview with Sherri Duskey Rinker

Sherri-Duskey-Rinker_1In addition to being our next Wizard of Words, Sherri Duskey Rinker is a working mom turned New York Times Bestselling author with her two big hits: Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site and Steam Train, Dream Train. Sherri developed a passion for picture books early in life and was encouraged in her love for illustration and the written word throughout her childhood.

After earning a degree in visual communications with an art history minor, Sherri has melded her love of poetry, art and the written word into two best-selling picture books. She’s come full circle, and, as she so put it “It feels like home.”


Read the rest of this entry »

Interview with Sheila Sweeny Higginson

Sheila Sweeny HigginsonSheila Sweeny Higginson, author and founder of Inkathinka, is our next Wizard of Words! Our featured storyteller has a long history working and writing for big names in children’s books and media, including Disney, Scholastic and Nickelodeon. She’s committed her professional career and talents to furthering education for children everywhere. Let’s dive right in and learn more about this Wizard of Words!


Read the rest of this entry »

Interview with Lara Bergen

Lara Bergen: interview for 7 Magic Islands

Lara Bergen is our next Wizard of Words! This Virginia-born editor-turned-author makes her home in New York. She’s written more than 100 books, delighting readers everywhere with works from Disney, Nickelodeon and her own Sophie series. Fun fact: before becoming an author, Lara wore many hats – she answered fan mail for The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew and took notes at United Nations and U.S. Capitol meetings among many, many other jobs!

Thank you for contributing to Wizards of Words series, Lara!

Read the rest of this entry »

Interview with Bill Scollon

Bill-Scollon_interview-with-7-Magic-IslandsBill Scollon is a 20-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, producing more than 200 educational videos and DVDs. His written work is featured in the Goners book series, and in many books for Disney properties, including Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Minnie’s Bow-tique, Winnie the Pooh, Sofia the First and much more. He’s produced DVDs like Bill Nye the Science Guy, Schoolhouse Rock: Earth! and the Wild About Safety animated series. Bill runs his own company, Scollon Media Arts, working as a self-made children’s book writer and producer. Welcome to Wizards of Words, Bill, and thank you for answering our questions!


Read the rest of this entry »

Interview with Kimberly Morris

Kimberly-MorrisWith more than 60 books to her name, children’s author Kimberly Morris is one of the writers behind popular series including Disney Fairies, Sweet Valley Twins and The Unicorn Club. Morris penned scripts for four children’s shows: ThunderCats, SilverHawks, TigerSharks and MiniMonsters. Her publishers and producers include such prominent names as Bantam, Jim Henson Associates, Rankin/Bass Productions and MacMillan U.K.

When she’s not writing, the Texas-native author is working at her custom publishing company or on the road as a speaker and workshop presenter in schools and corporate settings. Morris has shown students across the United States that reading is magical and being creative can be exciting and satisfying.

Without further ado, the talented Kimberly Morris! Read the rest of this entry »