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Glen Strathy's Writings

Hollywood Daze
These days I think of myself as a writer. Commercial writing has been my main source of income for the past decade. I have co-authored two non-fiction books, one of which was a bestseller, and most recently I published a children's novel, Dancing on the Inside. However, there was a time in my life when my primary interest in life was the theater. I won't...
Jagged Edge
Below is an excerpt from my article on the value of morality in creating heroes for middle-grade fiction, which appears in the review blog, Jagged Edge. "The other day, a budding writer asked me if it was okay to have a protagonist in a middle-grade novel kill someone with magic. The writer explained that the person killed was the villain in the story, someone...
Pitching Pencils
Below is an excerpt of my article on "Writing for Middle-Grade Readers" in which I discuss the 4 traits I believe every good middle-grade hero should have. Here are the first two... 1. Sympathetic It's rare to find a middle-grade novel these days with an adult main character. Children like to read about characters who see the world from a perspective similar to...