Tuesday, July 14, 2015

An Indiana Pal's Newest Book

Diane Bradley's newest book recently released, Wilder's Ghost. I know Diane through the IN SCBWI. She's the critique coordinator for our chapter, and I've met her at three different SCBWI functions: two conferences, and a luncheon. She's a lovely person, who always has a smile for you. In her own words, here's a few neat things she's had going on lately:

I was lucky enough to recently get honorable mention at 2014 NEMBA on May 21 this year. It's a wonderful book award that has included such greats as Gary Paulsen and William Kent Kruger. It was a honor to be nominated not alone win the silver medal The best part: the gold medal winner went to Mary Beth Griffin for her book Rhoda's Rock Hunt, illustrated by Jennifer A Bell and published by Minnesota Historical Society Press. Molly and I are SCBWI members. What a win-win!

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Mysterious lights are appearing on Rainy Lake. When Henry, Dylan, Arla, and Rika hear that ghosts are visiting the lake, they laugh it off. But as they kayak back over the route where Arla's parents disappeared ten years before, they find themselves stranded on an island, haunted by a real ghost, who doesn't want them to leave . . . ever.

Diane Bradley grew up on a farm by Two Harbors, Minnesota. A lot of her childhood was spent daydreaming as she fished, went horseback riding, and tromped through the woods. Her favorite childhood place to fish was the Big Stewart River and the best bait was earthworms, until her mother told her to stop putting those dirty worms in her pockets. After that she always washed them first. She received degrees from the University of Minnesota and Indiana University South Bend and retired from teaching to write children’s books. Her mystery adventure books Wilder's Edge, Wilder’s Foe, and Wilder’s Ghost, North Star Press, takes place on the Minnesota-Canadian border. She and her characters, Henry and Dylan Wilder, and friends Arla, and Rika think a perfect day is being out on Rainy Lake. Diane now lives in the woods not so far north on the Indiana-Michigan border along with her husband and two rescue dogs, Freya and Odin. She still loves to fish and has added kayaking on Rainy Lake to her list of favorite things. Visit her atdianebradleywriter.com.


  1. Love this!! Diane's book sounds wonderful. And I love that she has rescue dogs! I'm all about rescuing pets! :)

  2. Going to check it out now. You know me -- I love ghosts and the name, Wilder.

  3. Congratulations on your books and awards, Diane! Your 'catching a fish' picture is amazing--poster worthy!

  4. That's awesome, Diane! And wonderful photos, too!

  5. I read a book eerily similar about twenty years ago, and I would totally read it again. And any like it.


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