Birthdays: George Crabbe (1754), Matthew Arnold (1822), John Gruelle (1880), Feodor Stepanovich Rojankovsky (1891), Noel Streatfield (1895), Fritz Leiber (1910), Franco Lucentini (1920), Mary Higgins Clark (1927), Nicholas Meyer (1945), Gillian Cross (1945), Eric Van Lustbader (1946), Juan Felipe Herrera (1948), Lynn Munsinger (1951), Christopher Buckley (1952), Belinda Bauer (1962), Adam Haslett (1970), Stephanie Meyer (1973), Evan Osnos (1976)
Johnny Gruelle was the creator of the Raggedy Ann stories.
Feodor Stepanovich Rojankovsky won the 1956 Caldecott Medal for his illustrations of “Frog Went A-Courtin’.”
Mary Higgins Clark is best known for her mysteries.
Nicholas Meyer is best known for his novel “The Seven-Percent Solution)
Eric Van Lustbader is best known for his “Jason Bourne” series.
Quotes: “If there ever comes a time when the women of the world come together purely and simply for the benefit of mankind, it will be a force such as the world has never known.” – Matthew Arnold
“Writing is storytelling. No matter how you slice it, you’re saying ‘Once upon a time.’ That’s what writing is all about.” – Mary Higgins Clark
Tip: Stay current on publishing trends. Look at publishers’ catalogs, but remember, most of their “new” books were purchased two or three years ago.
Jumpstart: All she wanted to do was find her real parents. Find out why they’d abandoned her. Find out who she was. But nobody knew anything more than the bracelet on her wrist that said “baby doe”.