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Encouraging Young Readers
Ryan Jo

What sort of books do you like to read? Classics? Best sellers? Mysteries? Thrillers?  A ‘Brand name’ author? Non-fiction? Military? Historical? Poetry? How about graphic novels? The list of reading material is as far-reaching as the sands on a beach. In fact, when it comes to reading, the world is your oyster.  So what about the younger readers within your circle?

When fans ask what inspired me to write my comic murder mysteries, I have to confess.

Turn on your TV and you’ll find at least a dozen shows about law enforcement of some sort—from the alphabet soups of “CSI” and “NCIS” to age-old classics like “Colombo” or “Kojak,” crime shows have been a staple of entertainment for nearly as long as television has existed.

“You can write the most wonderful book in the world. But if people don’t know about your book, they won’t know to buy it.” 
~Madi Preda, “How To Promote and Market Your Book”

Skeletal, hooded, shrouded in black and shadow, a figure of death and plague, the Grim Reaper is inevitable. Death comes for us all and, in the end, the Lord of Death will be waiting for us. The Grim Reaper is one of the classic mythical creatures and a surprisingly common one among the many cultures and societies in the world today. But where did he come from?