Creative Kid Thursday! Meet Kid Author Rena Marthaler

 Today is time for another Creative Kid Thursday!

But before I get to the Creative Kid of today – I want to tell everyone to check out ANOTHER creative kid – my little sister Josie who entered a drawing in Susanna Leonard Hill’s –


The First Ever PrettyMuchWorldFamous Illustration Contest!!!
Click HERE to see Josie’s illustration and click HERE to go to Ms. Hill’s contest page and check out all the entries.
Now on to Creative Kid Thursday!

Meet kid author – Rena Marthaler! Woo!


Rena wrote a book during NaNoWriMo when she was just 9 years old! 

Here is the description of her book:

“Magic The Crest tells the tale of ten-year-old Rachel and her three best friends, who discover they have extraordinary powers to save their elementary school from a terrifying flying dragon. These strong girls use their powers to follow prophecies to rescue a lost child and to find a series of coveted jewels. They battle mythological monsters, shape-shifting animals, and forces of nature in their quest for the Crest.”

I read Magic the Crest and was impressed with the action in the story. Rena combine magic, friendship and some cool sci-fi themes her first middle-grade reader.


Magic The Crest Book Cover ImageMagic The Crest

by Rena Marthaler

138 pages – ages 8+

Published by Create Space on December 20, 2013


Rena agreed to do an interview with me too!

bloglogoYou sure get the reader into the action right away! Your characters are battling dragons by page four! How important do you think it is to hook your reader right away?

Magic The Crest Book Cover ImageI think it is very important to hook your reader! I tried to do that with the action and exciting chapter titles. The first chapter is called “I Have Powers and a Sword.” Another chapter is called, “Escape Except for One.” It’s an adventure story, so I wanted my readers to know that right away.

bloglogoYou thank NaNoWriMo in your acknowledgements and even make reference to it in your story (you have an eel saying “Na No Wri.” Do you think you would have written this book if it weren’t for NaNoWriMo? For those who do not know what NaNoWriMo is, could you tell us also about your experience with it?

Magic The Crest Book Cover ImageThe idea for my book came from a game I play with my friends at recess and I wanted to write the story before I found out about NaNoWriMo. But, NaNoWriMo motivates writers to finish the whole book so it can be published.

Writing with NaNoWriMo was exciting. I set my word count goal too high and I had to write a lot to finish by the end of the month. My mom let me skip some of my homework. But don’t take that as a reason to join NaNoWriMo. There are hundreds of other great reasons to be a writer in that contest.


bloglogoI think I’ll have to try our NaNoWriMo this year. Okay, so where did Lily and Ashley get the pizza and soda from when they were way up on Mt. Hood in the middle of nowhere?

Magic The Crest Book Cover ImageThe weird thing is, I really have no idea where Lily and Ashley get the pizza and soda. It’s the twist in that scene. A lot of odd things happen in my book!

bloglogoYou left the reader with quite a cliffhanger in “Magic The Crest.” Are you writing another book in the series?

Magic The Crest Book Cover ImageYes. A lot of my classmates are telling me that I should write another one. So I’m 99.99 percent sure I will.

bloglogoI sure hope you do write another! What do you like to do other than write?

Magic The Crest Book Cover ImageI like to visit new places. I have sat on a crocodile in Thailand, climbed the Eiffel Tower, and learned how to snorkel. But at home, I like normal stuff like reading, spelling, basketball, video games, playing with friends and my dogs, and making French toast and lemon bars. I like a lot more than that, too, but I don’t want to bore you.

bloglogoHmm… maybe you could mail me some of those lemon bars… If you could sit down with one author (living or dead) and have a conversation, who would it be and why?

Magic The Crest Book Cover ImageOh, my! Rick Riordan. His books have cliffhangers at every moment, the characters are loyal and persistent, and they don’t give in to their enemies. His characters are smart alecks but in an endearing way.


GREAT answer Rena! 🙂 Thanks for doing this interview!

To learn more about Rena, visit  her Facebook page HERE and her website HERE.

Magic the Crest is available on AMAZON HERE.

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40 replies

  1. Oh My Goodness! I do LOVE meeting these brilliant young authors. Well done Rena and Erik. Great interview!

  2. Wow! 138 pages? Congratulations, Rena. I absolutely love the cover, and the story sounds fabulous. Erik, where do you find all these amazing young authors?

  3. WOW, 138 pages is totally impressive during NanoWriMo from anyone. Congratulations, Rena and great interview!

  4. Fantastic stuff! I’m a big fan of dragons myself so this is definitely going on my TBR pile! 🙂

  5. I have co-opted Rena’s blog to add a comment. Erik, thank you for interviewing Rena. It’s wonderful that you have created a forum for young and grown up readers and writers to connect about books. What will you call your site when you’re no longer a kid?? :)))

  6. Fantastic cover. WOWZA! Rena, you’re well on your way. I love the chapter names. It IS super important to hook the readers. Looks like you did great job! Excellent interview, Rena and Erik (person who eats all the donuts). *waving and smiling*

  7. Wow! Amazing, Rena! Congrats on you book. It sounds action-packed and that’s what I like!

  8. Wow! I am very impressed Rena. Your book sounds like it has a lot of action and adventure. Good for you!

  9. OMGoodness, Rena! Did you say f-f-f-flying dragons? *gulp* I hope those girls are as tough as they sound and I hope they can come to my house to protect me. Great interview, E.

    Love and licks and I like lemon bars, too,

  10. Wow, Erik, I’m REALLY falling in love with your “Creative Kid Thursday” posts! I’m blown away by the ambition and talent of these young people, for sure. LOVE that cover! And Rena is adorable! 😀

  11. Oh, and I forgot to mention: I posted art in Susanna’s contest. LOVE Josie’s, btw. EXcellent content for Mike Allegra’s version of the story! 😀

  12. Josie did a GREAT job on her illustration! Rena is another remarkable SuperKid author that you’ve featured here! Great interview!

  13. Another great interview Erik!! You have a special knack for finding special kids!! That book sounds great! I like dragon stories. I also like lemon bars. I once ate a whole pan all by myself! I think I like Rena!!

  14. Another fab-u-lous interview, Erik. We are thrilled, here, that we met Rena through your blog. Gotta love a kid who would want to talk to Mr. Riordan, right? 😉 Thank you for introducing talented kids to the kidlit blogging world. We love Josie’s book cover, too!
    -The Gang

  15. Wow, what a great kid–a female YOU! Nano is tough. I did it last year and wore myself out getting to 50,000. At age 9, there is no way. What a terrific kid, balance, and becoming a world traveler!

  16. Thank you for all the nice comments! I think I should send Erik some lemon bars 🙂 Best wishes, Rena

  17. Hello there Rena, great to meet you through Erik! Keep writing! 🙂

  18. I just ordered this book! I can’t wait to read it. It’s been on my TBR for forever. Nice interview!

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