Rick Starkey Discusses Blues Bones!!!

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A Heart -To-Heart with Rick Starkey, Blues Bones

Today, we’re delighted to feature Rick Starkey, a brilliant children’s/Middle grade books author & a great Magician  on the Reading with Your kids Podcast. In this episode, get to know Rick,  Discover how his own life experiences shaped his book titled Blues Bones, Take a peek inside his book, And find out the secrets behind his creative processes. Get your cup of coffee ready, and let’s get started!

Here’s more information about Rick Starkey

Leap on over to Leap Books!Rick Starkey is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature.
His main interest is writing novels for middle grade. Rick has sold short
pieces to Highlights for Children including a game, magic tricks, and a short story. He attended a workshop at the Highlights Foundation in Honesdale, PA.

Knowing that most writers often wish that they had started
their career earlier in life, Rick taught a basic course for the Talented and
Gifted Program (T.A.G.) at Walter’s State Community College in Morristown
Tennessee. Rick’s students learned the basics of magazine submissions including
cover and query letters, market research, and manuscript preparation. The
T.A.G. program is for students grades 5 – 8 and come from seven counties in
East Tennessee.

Rick lives in a 200-year-old log cabin in the Great Smoky Arts and Community in Gatlinburg Tennessee where he and his wife
own Make It Magic, a magic shop and craft store.

More about Blues Bones

Thirteen-year-old Rodney Becker has found the perfect cure for stage fright. Voodoo!

Armed with the stolen finger bones of a dead blues guitar player and a mishmash of voodoo spells from the Internet, he and his best friend enter a graveyard at midnight to perform their ritual. Now, all that stands in his way of winning a local guitar competition is the power of RETURN – a side effect of the voodoo that spells disaster for Rodney.

His cure has become a curse. How else can he explain jamming his finger so bad he can’t hold a guitar pick, his part-time dad stealing his guitar, and his mom getting into an accident that could have taken her life?

How much is Rodney willing to risk to achieve his dream of being a guitar legend? Read the book to find out what’s going to happen to Rodney next!

In this episode

  • Rick Starkey talks about Blues Bones and describes the main character of his book
  • Shares his inspiration for writing this book & tells us some of the important messages his book can give to the children like dealing with stage fright & performance anxiety & more…Be sure to listen to find out more about Rick Starkey & Blues Bones!

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You can learn more about Rick Starkey by visiting 


Visit Rick’s Magic Shop: www.makeitmagic.com

Amazon: www.amazon.com/Rick-Starkey

Follow him on Twitter: @RJStarkey



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