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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Learn About Guest Author Penny Ehrenkranz

Welcome to our Guest Author for this week: Penny Ehrenkranz

It seems I passed a milestone for my last post and didn't know it. It was my 100th post!!! Yay!!!! Cue balloons and confetti!!!! Well virtual ones at any rate.:)

Today I wanted to give you a little bit of background about the guest author for this week, Penny Ehrenkranz. She will be joining us tomorrow, Friday, but you can learn more about her here. It's cool that our last names begin the same.:)

Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut, where she graduated high school in 1964. A zest for life and adventure gave her the desire to sample many of life's pleasures including being a "flower" child in the late 60's and early 70's, a motor-cycle enthusiast, and a practioner and teacher of yoga. Travels in an old VW van brought her to California in the late 1970's where she met her husband. They now live in Oregon with their three dogs and five cats. She is a mother and a grandmother and enjoys gardening, reading and crocheting in her spare time. She has published more than 85 articles, 60 stories, two e-books, a chapbook, and her stories have been included in two anthologies. She writes for both adults and children. Her fiction has appeared in numerous genre and children's publications and non-fiction work has appeared in a variety of writing, parenting, and young adult print magazines and on line publications. Her writing blog is available at:

Before she joins us you can familiarize yourself with one of her novels, Ghost for Rent. By the way, anyone who leaves a comment or question will once again be in the drawing for a free book!! So let's see a lot of comments or questions starting today. If you leave a question for Penny she will answer it for you when she gets here.



This middle grade, paranormal, ghost story is aimed at youth in grades four to six. It is approximately 13,280 words, 10 chapters, and 65 pages long. The story begins when eleven year old Wendy Wiles learns her parents are planning to get divorced. Forced to leave her beloved city home for a cheaper country place, Wendy, her mother, and her twelve year old brother move to rural Warren, Oregon.

On move-in day, Wendy meets a neighbor girl who tells her their quaint country home is haunted. Events proceed quickly as Wendy, her new friend, Jennifer, and Wendy’s brother, Mike, see ghostly figures dancing in the woods. Despite Mom’s claims that “there’s no such thing as ghosts,” paranormal events continue to occur in the Wiles’ home. Meanwhile her brother Mike, arch-tease, continues to torment Wendy, claiming he’s causing the unusual happenings.

Wendy searches through library records to get to the bottom of the mystery. Finally with Jennifer’s help, Wendy begins to unravel the truth. At last even Mike can no longer disbelieve and decides to aid Wendy in her search. By the end of the story, the three young sleuths have uncovered an accidental death, a suicide and a murder.

Her middle grade novel Ghost for Rent, in trade paper back is available at and as an eBook at
Her young adult illustrated chapbook, Dragon Sight is available at
Author: "Ghost for Rent," a children's story available from Hardshell Word Factory. Do an author's search for "Lockwood" at

Author: "Dragon Sight," an illustrated, staple-bound chapbook, available from Sams Dot Publishing at and

You can contact her:
Free-lance Writer of Genre Fiction and Non-Fiction

One thing before I go. I've gotten onto Twitter. If anyone wants to follow me I am: barbehr. Yes, I finally caved and did it. Maybe I'll see some of you there.


  1. Barbara, thanks for posting this interesting interview. And welcome to twitter.

    Margaret Fieland

  2. Thanks Peggy,
    Come back tomorrow for the real interview. This is only the preview:)

    But you are in the drawing now. If no one else comments you have the free ebook!!!

  3. Hi Margaret,
    So glad you were able to stop by and enjoyed learning a bit more about me.


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