An Author’s Journey in Writing and Publishing


Karen Bonnet and Linda Maria Frank recently presented their workshop at the Massapequa Bar Harbour Library

As the authors of children’s and young adult books, Linda Maria Frank and I have come a long way since our books hit the online book stores and other outlets where our books are sold. In the span of just two years (one year for me), our exciting journey has take us on many different paths, which include speaking at various venues across Long Island, coordinating author book fairs, being accepted into author book groups, and producing our own public access television show, The Writer’s Dream, featuring Long Island authors and their unique experiences with and publishing.

I am a long time Oceanside resident, and writer/publicist with KLB Services, my own business. My book, Whale Island and the Mysterious Bones (for children age 8 to 11) is an exciting fiction story that takes children on an unforgettable adventure. Linda, a retired science teacher who resides in Massapequa, penned two riveting mystery/romance novels for young adults, The Madonna Ghost and Girl with Pencil Drawing. Our books can be found on,, in many retail outlets across the globe, and on ebook readers such as Nook and Kindle.

Under the banner of “Whale of a Tale Adventure Stories for Young Readers,” we have had the opportunity to present unique presentations for libraries, book stores, schools, senior citizen centers, adult education centers, and non-profits such as The Boys and Girls Club.

Since giving back to the community is important to us, we donate a portion of all our book sales to The Interfaith Nutrition Network (The INN) which is located in Hempstead, Long Island. This outstanding facility provides food and shelter to many needy people throughout Long Island.

Our latest endeavor is to help those who have always wanted to see their fiction tale or nonfiction story in the published pages of a book but were unsure of how to get started. To this end, we provide a visual, informative and interactive Powerpoint presentation and workshop, “So You Want to Write a Story? A Conversation with Two Authors,” that delves into the topics of writing, publishing, marketing and promoting; it also discusses getting an agent, and the entire publishing process.

We are happy to share that our successful program has received accolades from amateur and veteran writers, as well as those in the throes of writing a story!

The Writer’s Dream

A new television production for LTV, a cablevision channel aired in the Hamptons, features authors who share their experiences, visions and books with the audience. I had the pleasure of being a part of this amazing segment.
The authors featured, including myself, were Linda Maria Frank, author of riveting mystery novels, The Madonna Ghost and Girl with Pencil Drawing; and Richard Rose, anchorman for Channel 55 News who is the new author of a new science fiction novel, Release the Butterfly.
To learn more about the show, please visit the links below, which feature my interview with Dina Santorelli (another fellow author) – and share your comments! To view the interviews with Richard Rose and Linda Maria Frank, click on and search for Dina Santorelli, moderator for the production.