Entries by Julie Rubini

On Air

I had so much fun today talking about all things Millie on Iowa Public Radio. Check it out! http://iowapublicradio.org/post/missing-millie-benson-secret-case-ghostwriter-and-journalist#stream/0  

Holding Point

Don’t you love reading a book that leaves you hanging at the end of a chapter? You can’t help but read on to the next chapter, and before you know it, you’ve read the entire book. Mystery writers are famous for finishing with cliffhangers. While writing my biography of Millie Benson, I learned that another […]

Lessons learned

http://www.13abc.com/home/headlines/2016-YWCA-Milestones-Honorees–365059741.html?device=phone&c=y “At my very core I’m just a Mom who wanted to lead by example and show my two children what it means to live, to truly live…” What you didn’t see of this interview on WTVG for the incredible and humbling honor of receiving a YWCA Milestones award was what I said prior. When […]

New year, new space

I’ve said in the past that I’ve never suffered from writer’s block. Seriously. For me, it’s more a case of blocking the time to write. You know what they say though. Never say never. I’ve found myself the last few weeks luxuriating in the presence of my two children being home on break. They’ve offered […]

Great review from School Library Journal!

School Library Journal 12/01/2015 Gr 5–8—Rubini explores the life of Mildred “Millie” Benson, better known as Carolyn Keene, author of the “Nancy Drew” books. Readers will learn how Benson earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Iowa and wrote for the Stratemeyer Syndicate as a ghost writer under the pen name Carolyn […]

Backup

  If I were a singer, I’d love to have these ladies as my backup crew. But I’m not. However, as a children’s book author, I couldn’t come up with a better group to have my back than children’s librarians. And these ladies are no exception. I had the opportunity to meet with Mary Lou, […]

Great reviews for Millie!

My biography of Millie Benson is picking up some great press! Check out these excerpts from reviews of Missing Millie Benson: The Secret Case of the Nancy Drew Ghostwriter and Journalist: “Here is a biography intended for young people that may find its true audience among children’s literature history aficionados and—of course—adult readers who grew […]

Read, read, read.

“Read, read, read. That’s all I can say.” Nancy Drew offered this incredible advice in the first Nancy Drew Mystery Story, written by Carolyn Keene. I wished I’d written that. I’m sure that for years the real Carolyn Keene, Mildred “Millie” Augustine Wirt Benson, wished readers knew that she had. The Secret of the Old […]