Author visits with

Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Journey of a Story: 

The authors speak about their experience crafting a middle grade mystery series.

 

Our presentation begins with a brief introduction about who we are and why we decided to write a book. This is followed by a chapter reading and a slide show, which includes a talk about co-authoring a book. We cover brainstorming and writing organization, as well as the editing process, using visualization to develop writing craft, tips for becoming a better writer, and what the publishing process is like. 

 

In addition, we've incorporated a trivia game called Fairday's Facts. Each student can follow along with the clues that pop up on screen. The last slides are Fairday's questions, and those students who answer correctly will have a chance to be randomly selected to win a fun mystery prize. 

We're happy to take pictures with the students and autograph copies of the book. 

 

If there's something else you'd like us to include in our presentation, we welcome your suggestions. 

 

We aim to inspire creativity in young minds, and help them grow a strong love for reading and writing.

Writing workshops and Skype visits are also available upon request. To book an author event, please contact:

haightjess@gmail.com

 

Release date: DECEMBER 1, 2015

Delacorte Press

MIDDLE GRADE/ ages 8 and up

ISBN: 978-0-385-74471-3

By Jessica Haight & Stephanie Robinson

Illustrator: Roman Muradov

Book 1

Release date: OCTOBER 23, 2017

Willow Press

MIDDLE GRADE/ ages 8 and up

ISBN: 978-0-9993449-0-3

By Jessica Haight & Stephanie Robinson

Illustrator: David SanAngelo

Book 2

Praise for The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

 

"The novel builds to an exciting climax that takes magic in stride and suggests that further mysteries await the DMS trio."

-Publishers Weekly 

"This paranormal mystery will be of interest to young readers looking for something spooky but not violent or scary."

-Booklist

"[The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow] moves briskly and includes magic, action, and suspense."

-SLJ

Praise for Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library

"This fine combination of clever kids, arcane mysteries, and witty conundrums falls nicely in-line with other novels featuring riddle-solving kids and literary and linguistic references."

-Publishers Weekly

"The characters are interestingly portrayed and the concepts will not only encourage children to read, but will make them more imaginative and adventurous in their thinking and creativity."

- Readers' Favorite

BOOK EVENTS

*attendance count is an estimation

Made in Connecticut Expo

Sat. 8/10 & Sun. 8/11 2019

Book signing

Attendance: 1000+

Barnes and Noble, Waterbury, CT

Saturday 5/11/19

Book signing

Attendance: 75

Oxford Library

Saturday 2/2/19

Book signing

Attendance: 7

Byrd’s Books

Tuesday 12/18/18

Book signing

Attendance: 25

 

Bethel Middle School

Tuesday 12/18/18

Presentation and workshop

Attendance: 275

 

Barnes and Noble, Waterbury

Saturday 12/15/18 

Book signing

Attendance: 300

 

Red Barn, Woodbridge

Saturday 10/20/18 

Book signing

Attendance: 30

 

Big E, CAPA Book Store

Saturday 9/29/18

Book signing

Attendance: 1000+

 

Howard Whittemore Library

Saturday 9/8/18

Author event (book club)

Attendance: 30

 

Avon Free Public Library 

Tuesday 7/10/18

Author panel discussion

Attendance: 20

 

Middlebury Public Library 

Tuesday 6/12/18

Presentation/ book signing

Attendance: 4

 

North End Middle School, Waterbury, CT

Tuesday 5/22/18

Student presentation

Attendance: 100

 

Chase School, Waterbury, CT

Saturday 5/5/18

Keynote speakers

Attendance: 75

 

Nerd Camp, Chatham, New Jersey

Presentation/ book signing

Attendance: 200

 

East Haddam Middle School, CT

Tuesday 4/4/18

Student presentations grades 4-7

Attendance: 300

 

Carrington School, Waterbury, CT

Tuesday 2/13/18

Writing workshops grades 4-7

Attendance: 225

 

Carrington School, Waterbury, CT

Tuesday 2/6/18

Family Reading Night Presentation

Attendance: 50

 

Plumb Library, Shelton, CT

Saturday 2/3/18

Presentation/ book signing

Attendance: 30

 

The Red Barn, Woodbridge, CT

Saturday 1/13/18

Book signing

Attendance: 30

 

Middlebury Library, Middlebury, CT

Wednesday 12/27/17

Presentation/ book signing

Attendance: 30

 

Barnes and Noble, Waterbury, CT

Sunday12/18/17

Book signing

Attendance: 300

 

Ruby Tree, Woodbury, CT

Sunday 12/10/17

Book signing

Attendance: 50

 

Ruby Tree, Woodbury, CT 

Saturday 12/9/17

Book signing

​​Attendance: 10

 

CASL CECA Conference, Foxwoods

Monday 10/30/17

Book signing

Attendance: 600

 

Lord & Taylor, Danbury, CT

Friday 9/22 & Saturday 9/23/17

Book signing

Attendance: 1000

 

Lord & Taylor, Danbury, CT

Saturday 7/29/17

Book signing

Attendance: 500

Cape May Library, Cape May, NJ

Saturday 6/10/17

Book signing

Attendance: 100

 

Barnes and Noble, Waterbury, CT

Sunday 6/4/17

Book signing

Attendance: 200

 

Nerd Camp, Chatham, NJ

Saturday 5/20/17

Author meet and greet

Attendance: 300

 

Carrington School, Waterbury, CT

Monday 4/26/17

Student presentation

Attendance: 40

 

Barnes and Noble, Canton, CT

Tuesday 4/25/17

Author panel discussion

Attendance: 10

 

Chase Collegiate School, Waterbury, CT

Saturday 4/1/17

Presentation/Book signing

Attendance: 100

 

Hickory Stick Book Shop, Washington Depot, CT

Friday 3/3/17

Book club

Attendance: 10

 

Ridgefield High School Arts Council Event

Thursday 3/9/17

Student presentation

Attendance: 150

 

Barnes and Noble, Waterbury, CT

Saturday 2/25/17

Book signing

Attendance: 150

 

Gainfield Elementary School, Southbury, CT

Friday 2/17/17

Student presentation

Attendance: 75

 

IS24 and PS18, Grade 6 and 5, Staten Island, NY

Friday 12/16/16

Student presentation

Attendance: 160

 

Barnes and Noble, Holyoke, MA

Thursday 12/15/16

Author reading/ book signing

Attendance: 100

 

Scotts Ridge Middle School, Ridgefield, CT

Tuesday 12/6/16

Student presentation

Attendance: 150

 

Linda's Story Time, Monroe, CT

Saturday 12/3/16

Author meet and greet/ book signing

Attendance: 30

 

Writing Group, Danbury Public Library, CT

Thursday 11/17/16

Author talk to high school writers

Attendance: 15

 

Barlow Mountain Book Fair, Ridgefield, CT

Thursday 10/27/16 

Chapter reading/ book signing

Attendance: 50

 

CECA/CASL Information Symposium, CT

Tuesday 10/25/16

Book signing

Attendance: 1000

 

Love Your Library, Ridgefield Library, CT

Saturday 10/1/16

Presentation/ book signing

Attendance: 200+ 

 

Decatur Book Festival, GA

Sunday 9/4/16

Children's Stage author panel

Attendance: 40

 

Bank Square Books: Groton Library, CT

Saturday 8/6/16

Presentation/ book signing

Attendance: 12

 

Camp Summerset: Summer Reading Camp, NY

Monday 7/18/16

Presentation/ book signing

 Attendance: 60

 

The Ruby Tree: Mystical Market, CT

Sunday 7/17/16

Book signing

Attendance: 10

 

Woodbury Library, CT

Tuesday 6/28/16 

Presentation/ book signing

Attendance: 15

 

New Fairfield Library, CT

Monday 6/27/16

Presentation/ book signing

Attendance: 15

 

Cape May County Library, NJ

Saturday 6/25/16

Presentation/ book signing

Attendance: 30

 

Gayle's Farm Depot, CT

Saturday 6/18/16

Book signing

Attendance: 25

 

Barnes and Noble: Waterbury, CT

Sunday 6/12/16

Author meet and greet/ book signing

Attendance: 30

 

Scottsridge Middle School, Ridgefield, CT

Thursday 6/9/16

Presentation/ book signing

Attendance: 150

 

Barnes and Noble: Waterbury, CT

Saturday 6/4/16

Kick Off Summer Reading

Attendance: 20

 

Barnes and Noble: Milford, CT

Saturday 5/14/16

Author meet and greet/ book signing

Attendance: 25

 

The Enchanted Garden, Ridgefield, CT

Saturday 4/30/16

Presentation/ book signing

Attendance: 20

 

Oxford Library, MA

Tuesday 4/19/16

Presentation/ book signing

Attendance: 10

 

Oxford Public Library, CT

Thursday 4/14/16

Presentation/ book signing

Attendance: 20

 

Memorial Middle School, Middlebury, CT

Friday 4/8/16

Presentation/ book signing

Attendance: 150

 

Byrd's Books

Saturday 4/2/16

Author meet and greet/ book signing

Attendance: 20

 

Hop Brook Elementary School, Naugatuck, CT

Monday 3/28/16

Presentation/ book signing

Attendance: 80

 

Middlebury Elementary School, Middlebury, CT

Thur. 3/10/16

Reading Night/ book signing

Attendance: 100

 

Nathan Hale Middle School, East Haddam, CT

Monday 3/1/16

Presentation/ book signing

Attendance: 150

 

Linda's Story Time, CT

Saturday 2/27/16

Author meet and greet/ book signing

Attendance: 30

 

Gainfield Elementary School, Southbury, CT

Friday 2/19/16

Presentation/ book signing

Attendance: 180

 

Longmeadow Elementary School, Southbury, CT

Tuesday 1/26/16

Presentation/ book signing

 Attendance: 500

 

Pomperaug Elementary School, Southbury, CT

Thursday 1/21/16

Presentation/ book signing

Attendance: 400

 

Flanders Elementary School, Southington, CT

Wednesday 1/13/16

Presentation/ book signing

Attendance: 350

 

Barnes and Noble: Waterbury, CT

Saturday 1/9/16

Author meet and greet/ book signing

Attendance: 50

 

The Ruby Tree: Mystical Market, CT

Sun. 12/19/15

Book signing

Attendance: 20

 

Southbury Public Library, CT

Tuesday 12/8/15

Presentation/ book signing

Attendance: 130

 

Elm Street Books, New Canaan, CT

Sunday 12/6/15 

Book signing

Attendance: 100 

 

Barnes and Noble: Waterbury, CT

Saturday 12/5/15

Author meet and greet/ book signing

Attendance: 100

 

Hickory Sticks Bookshop

Thursday 12/3/15

Book signing

Attendance: 50

 

Rumsey Hall School

Thursday 12/3/15

Student presentation

Attendance: 200

 

Byrd's Books, CT

Wednesday 12/3/15

Author meet and greet/ book signing

Attendance: 15

 

Middlebury Library, CT

Tuesday 12/1/15

Presentation/ book signing

Attendance: 100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video on writing tools Stephanie & Jess use to collaborate on their books

Jessica Haight, Steve Hutchinson (Byrd's Books), Stephanie Robinson- book signing, The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow and Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library- Bethel, Connecticut

Stephanie Robinson talking to students about crafting a middle grade book at Bethel Middle School- Bethel, Connecticut

Stephanie Robinson and Jessica Haight- book signing, The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow Oxford Library

- Oxford, Connecticut

2017 CASL/CECA Literacy & Technology Summitt, Mohegan Sun,

-Uncasville, Connecticut

2016 Decatur Book Festival/ Little Shop of Stories

-Decatur, Georgia

Mystery Club Meeting/ Hickory Stick Bookshop

- Washington, Connecticut

Camp Summerset/ Summer Reading Camp

- New York

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Student presentation at Pomperaug Elementary School

- Southbury, Connecticut

Book Signing/ Chapter Reading Barnes and Noble

- Milford, Connecticut

Reading Club at Hop Brook Elementary School

- Naugatuck, Connecticut

Book Signing at Linda's Story Time, The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

- Monroe, Connecticut

Student presentation for The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow at IS 24

-Statan Island, NY

Presentation at the Oxford Library, The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

-Oxford, Connecticut

Book Signing at Hickory Stick Bookshop

- Washington, Connecticut

Stephanie Robinson reads from The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow at Middlebury Elementary School

- Middlebury, Connecticut

Stephanie & Jess talk about co-authoring a book at the Cape May County Library