Thursday, November 3, 2011

Author Spotlight: Natasha Yim and Gretchen Maurer

Award-winning Authors Natasha Yim and Gretchen Maurer join the Stories for Children Publishing November ‘11 World of Ink Virtual Tour  

Natasha Yim is a children's book author and freelance writer. Her first book, Otto's Rainy Day was published by Charlesbridge Publishing in 2000. It was selected as a Kids' Pick of the Lists. She has written for Highlights for Children, Appleseeds and Faces magazines, and her new picture book biography, Cixi, The Dragon Empress was released by Goosebottom Books in October 20II.


Gretchen Maurer's writing has been published in Frances Mayes' The Discovery of Poetry, and in Adventure Cyclist and Highlights for Children magazines. She also co-wrote a short film, Alma, that has won multiple awards. Mary Tudor, "Bloody Mary" is her first picture book. She lives in Northern California with her family.

Natasha Yim’s current book, Cixi, The Dragon Empress and Gretchen Maurer’s current book, Mary Tudor, “Bloody Mary” are two of the six books (all written by different authors) in Goosebottom Books’ series, The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Dastardly Dames. The series profiles six women in history who have earned dastardly reputations.

The last empress of China, Cixi fought ruthlessly to isolate her country from the West, while cloistered inside her lavish Forbidden City, ignoring the needs of her people. But was the Dragon Empress evil or just out of touch?
ISBN Number: Cixi, The Dragon Empress: 978-0-9834256-5-6 

Mary Tudor, Bloody Mary: The first reigning Queen of England, Mary Tudor believed
fervently that Catholicism should be the religion of the land, leading her to burn at the stake
hundreds of Protestants. Was she just a ruler of her times, or did she deserve the name, Bloody Mary?
ISBN Number: Mary Tudor, Bloody Mary: 978-0-9834256-2-5  

The books combine the romance and enchantment of princesses with a message of youthful female empowerment. These are princesses who didn’t just sit around waiting to be rescued. Against great odds, they made their own lives, and changed their worlds.

Places where book(s) are available for sale: bookstores,, ( just email me),, barnes&

You can find out more about Natasha Yim and Gretchen Maurer’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour schedule at There will be giveaways, reviews, interviews, guest posts and more. Make sure to stop by and interact with Yim and Maurer, along with the hosts at the different stops by leaving comments and/or questions.

In addition, come listen to Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network show: Stories for Children at The hosts VS Grenier, Kris Quinn Chirstopherson and Irene Roth will be chatting with Natasha Yim and Gretchen Maurer about their books, writing, the publishing industry and experiences with virtual tours. Yim and Maurer will also be sharing writing tips and trials, and tribulations of the writer’s life. The show will be live November 14, 2011 at 2pm EST.

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