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What motivates you as a writer?

What motivates you as a writer?: As a writer I'm motivated by the kind of unexplainable compulsion to create new characters and worlds. For me, it's a good way to practice living in a creative way. Also, G2 pens. They motivate me too.

What types of books do you like to read?


I have read THE RAVEN CYCLE by Maggie Stiefvater numerous times and will never stop loving Ronan Lynch. In general, I love fantastical stories, MG, YA, and Adult. Also, anything scary or whimsical. Natalie Lloyd, Neil Gaiman, and Rainbow Rowell are some of my faves.

How has becoming a writer affected your own reading habits?

I think my shifting commute into work has shifted my reading habits more than becoming a writer! Now that I'm riding the train each day I get big, beautiful blocks of time to dig in to my favorite books.


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PUBLISHER: Mighty Media Press, 2016

Eleven-year-old budding scientist Thelma Bee has adventure in her blood. But she gets more than she bargained for when a ghost kidnaps her father. Now her only clues are a strange jewelry box and the word "Return," whispered to her by the ghost. It's up to Thelma to get her dad back, and it might be more dangerous than she thought--there's someone wielding dark magic, and they're coming after her next.




"Thelma is a smart, independent character who quickly takes control of the situation and her dislike for the annoying popular girls will endear her to many readers. This supernatural thriller is a must for those who enjoy the similarly chilling books by Mary Downing Hahn and Dan Poblocki."



"Petti steadily increases a sense of suspense and dread. The worlds she creates, especially the ones inside the box, are imaginative and fresh. It is rewarding to read about a scientifically minded female protagonist, and that should help attract an audience.


VERDICT: Those looking for a chilling but quick read should enjoy this one, as will reluctant readers. Recommended for most middle grade collections."



"Black-and-white illustrations add visual dimension to Thelma’s peculiar haunting, punctuated by secrets from the past, paranormal happenings, diverse and devoted friends, and a fiery finale. Such humorous details as a car named Gary Indiana and the bickering of Thelma’s friends in the Riverfish Valley Paranormal Society keep the tone light. An inventive debut ghost story starring a contemporary girl with ancient powers."



The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee is a delightfully scary story about a bright young girl with a curious mind and an adventurous spirit. When Thelma’s dad is kidnapped by a ghost, she must find a way to get him back. The book is filled with likeable characters and interesting settings, brought to life by simple black-and-white drawings scattered throughout the text. Children ages eight to twelve will be thrilled with an engaging story that is full of twists and surprises.



"The thing I like most about Thelma Bee is the way she views the world. Whether she’s planting exotic flowers or chasing ghosts through the kitchen, she sees things as a (proudly) smart, young scientist and as a hopeful, starry-eyed dreamer. Hypothesis: she’ll steal lots of hearts."



New York Times bestselling author of 

A Snicker of Magic and The Key to Extraordinary

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