Sixth-grader Vannie Taylor’s mom has just died. Her father, completely lost without his wife, brings Vannie and her younger brother to live in a dismal cottage on the estate where he manages craft fairs, dinners, and other events. When strange events start happening around the estate, Vannie decides to investigate, and soon discovers a ghost who wants her to help him make amends for something in his past. Vannie’s life is starting to get back to normal, but in a way she’s never imagined.
Targeted Age Group:
10 – 13
Getting Back to Normal is a YA. I remember how it was to be young. (sigh) I also am aware of what being young means to kids of the young generation of today.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Read in your genre. Write. Critique with other writers. Write. Join writing groups. Write. Write. Write.
Marilyn Levinson, a former Spanish teacher, writes mysteries, romance, and books for children and young adults.
Her romantic suspense, DANGEROUS RELATIONS, is a love story entwined with an intriguing mystery. GIVING UP THE GHOST is an entertaining ghost mystery. The first of her Twin Lakes Mysteries, A MURDERER AMONG US, was awarded a Best Indie of 2011 by Suspense Magazine. A new edition of A MURDERER AMONG US and its sequel, MURDER IN THE AIR, will be out soon. Her latest mystery, MURDER A LA CHRISTIE, will be debuting any day soon.
A ghost, a mansion, and a feral Maine Coon cat feature in Marilyn’s brand new YA, GETTING BACK TO NORMAL. Three of her popular out-of-print children’s books, AND DON’T BRING JEREMY, NO BOYS ALLOWED, and RUFUS AND MAGIC RUN AMOK are now available as ebooks.
Marilyn is co-founder and past-president of the Long Island chapter of Sisters in Crime. She lives on Long Island.What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The magic of an arboretum dear to my heart inspired my novel. I loved the idea of having a ghost with a secret, an old mansion, a feral Maine Coon cat, a bit of sadness, and a touch of romance all in one story.