The wonderful thing about researching history is that I’m always learning new things. The most aggravating thing about researching history is that I’m always learning new things too late. I hate it when I find something new I could’ve used in my past books. For example, I recently learned that the Romans had a god of farts and BMs called (wait for it) CREPITUS! I would’ve … [Read more...] about Oh You Romans. From a God of Farts to Boiling Drinking Water, You Never Cease to Amaze!
Recently, I had the most wonderful school visit at Neptune Middle School in central Florida. Every year, students choose which author they would like to invite for their author visit and they chose me after reading Cleopatra Rules! The Amazing Life of the Original Teen Queen. Before I came, the kids created a trailer to generate interest and excitement. Check out their great … [Read more...] about Immersing A School in Mythology
About the book: A kid-friendly, humorous, and fact-filled biography of the "original teen queen." VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) placed it on its "Honor List" for nonfiction. Booklist said of the book: “Shecter's solid research is evident in her account of events as well as the back matter, which includes informative notes, a time line, a glossary, bibliographies of primary … [Read more...] about Excerpt for CLEOPATRA RULES! THE AMAZING LIFE OF THE ORIGINAL TEEN QUEEN
When it came to time to discuss the cover for CLEOPATRA RULES! my wonderful editor, Larry Rosler, 1. What inspired you to photograph yourself in this way? A couple of weeks before I took the self portrait, I was having a discussion about photography with my cousin Matthew Langford, who also happens to be a photographer himself. We were going through a number of self portraits … [Read more...] about The Face Behind the Cover of Cleopatra Rules!
Here's what you gotta do to win your own copy of Cleopatra Rules! The Amazing Life of the Original Teen Queen: Go to the bank and ask for ten thousand unmarked bills. Bring the cash to a locker at the midtown train station and then... Oh wait. Wrong plan. No, what I want you to do is...(drum roll please)...leave a … [Read more...] about I’m Giving Away Copies of CLEOPATRA RULES!