Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Haven't read Flowers for Rodney yet? Check out this review and then head to Amazon.com to buy your copy today!

WHEWWWW !!!!!!!!!
I just finished reading this really good book called "Flowers for Rodney" by a local author (and friend of Bikers for Books), Kristine Brickey.
This is a great book that covers many struggles that our youth face on a daily basis. I had some very real moments while reading this books that had me reflecting on my own life at that age.
Seems like these days, the pressures and stress are bigger and more pronounced than the 80's or 90's. Kids these days have to be a little more resourceful and brave to "just make it", anymore.
The secret is......it's never too late to make a change, never too late to ask for help, never too late to turn yourself around, just like Rodney does in this book.
Struggles inside the home are as tough as struggles in society. I have to admit that this book had me choked up toward the end. Definitely worth the read.
We have had the absolute pleasure of working with Kristine on more than one occasion. It's exciting to know that this particular author is from Michigan and is only about 20 miles from my hometown. I think one of the most notable fun facts is that she has been an educator for nearly 30 years and has works first hand with our youth.
Thank you Kristine for sharing your creation with the world.
More information about this author can be found at
Flowers for Rodney can be found at:
Or locally at Everybody Reads, Books and Stuff
2019 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing MI 
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In order to give readers an idea of what to expect with my newest novel, They Said She Was Crazy, I'll be posting reactions and feedback from some of my readers here. You can also check out reviews on my Amazon, Goodreads, and Facebook pages. Enjoy!

Marcie, WY (reprinted with permission as sent to Trina Campbell)

     I finished that book last night about 11:15. It was so touching. I can so relate in so many ways. I cried through most of it and I laughed and smiled though parts of it and the ending blew me away.
     I would so recommend this book to anyone who has ever lost loved ones. I cannot thank you enough for thinking of me and sending this book to me...
...the book touched me and honestly I don't know how to explain it. Thank you

James Bowens, MI (A nonreader aside from both of my books-his police office son, Matt, was killed in the line of duty over ten years ago)

     I just finished your book. (They Said She Was Crazy) It was awesome. Boy could I relate to a lot of your stories. You had me in tears a lot but good tears. Matt visits me but I never see him but I know he is there. This is a must read for anyone who has lost a loved one to a violent death. So comforting. Going to be a bestseller.

Dawn Nye, MI

     I finished They Said She Was Crazy. WOW! You have saved lives by writing this. I really mean it. What a powerful book. I had tears running down my face the whole time...Did not see the ending coming...Amazing. It took courage to write this. 

***Author's Note:

I cried when I read these. 

All of these heartfelt reviews mean the world to me, as they hit on the precise reason I knew I needed to tell this story. 

Writing this book was the most difficult and yet the most freeing writing I've completed. Once I started, it was difficult for me to keep up with the story of Mara and Zane. Though this is fiction, there is much of my own story in its pages. 

They Said She Was Crazy is, I hope, a story of faith, struggle and hope. My wish is to reach lives touched by despair, loss, and grief and offer empathy, companionship, and a true look at life after loss. Because, as ridiculously difficult as it is, there is life after tragedy. 

Read, and believe. 

Kristine E. Brickey

Wednesday, November 18, 2015



Mason Teacher and Author, Kristine E. Brickey has written and published a new novel and will be at Mason High School on Tuesday, December 1st from 3-5p.m.

Join her in the MHS Library after school, come and check out her new book, They Said She Was Crazy, and her first, Flowers for Rodney.
Both books will be available for sale and signing!

BOOK TRAILER CONTEST: Creative? Talented? 
MHS students are invited to create a video for Brickey's new book, They Said She Was Crazy. Grand Prize: $50 Amazon gift card, Book Swag & YOUR VIDEO on numerous sites to promote the novel!

Also, your former 8th grade teacher is looking for teens interested in working on her publicity 'street crew' now and in the future. 

More info available in the library!
FB: Kristine E. Brickey


Instagram...here I come!


Friday, October 16, 2015


As of today, October 16, 2015, my new novel will be available through Tate Publishing! Once its official release date of January 5th is here, it can be bought through all the possible locations, Amazon, bookstores, etc. However, if you'd like a copy sooner, order it now online at


OR...find me at an upcoming November author event. Stay tuned for more information!

Sunday, June 14, 2015


Come and join other young writers, grades 5-12, for a day long adventure! Presented by the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures, this event offers a wonderful conference at MSU's Bessey Hall for writers to learn from professional authors and MSU instructors. This year's featured authors are Cinda Williams Chima and Merrie Haskell. Kristine E. Brickey will also be presenting two sessions on plot/plotting.

On Friday, July 10th, there is a FREE kickoff event open to EVERYONE (whether registered for the YAC or not) being held at Schuler Books in Eastwood Towne Center, Lansing, that begins at 6pm.

The cost of the conference is $100 and the conference website is: http://youngauthor.wide.msu.edu

Brickey's YA novel, Flowers for Rodney, will be available for sale and signing, with a portion of sales going to support this conference.

Please share this information and encourage your young writers to come out and play with words! Deadline for registration is June 29th so act fast and secure your spot.

Thursday, June 4, 2015


Created for me by Maggie Silcox, one of my talented 8th graders! Hope you like it, share it, and waiting to hear from everyone about what you think.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Mason Today Article

I am so proud of my upcoming event Thursday, May 28th. One of my own former students has written an article that has me beaming with pride in her abilities. Hoping to see many of you at Everybody Reads in less than 48 hours!


Friday, May 22, 2015


As summer looms in the near future, I am desperately shoving book titles at my students, using every last moment to snag those of late blooming book loving with the title that will change their lives.

Personally, I already have an entire box and two stacks on the bottom shelf of one of my floor to ceiling shelves readied for summer reading. So, I'm wondering, what are you looking forward to reading this summer? Is there an author that you just can't get enough of now? I'd love to hear from all of you.

Here are some of my 'wanna read/reread' titles for the upcoming weeks ahead:

The Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon...ohhhh, I do love Claire and Jamie's love story!

I'll give you the sun, Jandy Nelson...read once, must read...over and over and over.

Approximately eight or nine titles by Maggie Stiefvater...try Scorpio Races if you haven't read her stuff before. Brilliant!

All the rage, Courtney Summers

See my Goodreads page for the whole list...but this is the beginning!

Hugs and happy page turning!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Everybody Reads/Firecracker Foundation Fundraiser


Everybody Reads
2019 E. Michigan Ave,
Lansing, MI
Thursday, May 28th
7-9 P.M.

*Every purchase donates $5 to the Firecracker Foundation which assists victims of sexual abuse through free counseling, yoga and other activities.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

GIDDY! RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED! WHOOOOO!       Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Though possibly not the most professional titling job, it certainly sums up how I am feeling at this moment. Entering my newest rough draft, Nanowrimo 2014 edition, going by They Said She Was Crazy into the Chanticleer Book Review contest on a whim, I truly never expected to hear back that I'd made the cut.

There are just too many, right?

Why would they pick mine, right?

I mean, I know when I finished it I felt that it was the best thing I'd ever written, ever, in my life, but that doesn't mean anyone else might feel it was worthy, right?

When I read the email this afternoon, I wasn't prepared to see my name on the Finalist List. (Yes, I feel the need to capitalize, as I am feeling it is a very proper, important noun at the moment.) I double checked, to be sure it wasn't like one of those clearing house spams...'see your name here' kind of a deal. But, there it was, my name, and the working title of my newest manuscript. Right there. In print.

Shaking, elated, giddy and ridiculously excited I called my hubby. At work. He rarely answers his desk phone, as he is rarely at his desk, much like his teacher wife. He answered. I blathered. He asked questions and I did my best to answer, read the notification without too much quavering, and then..."I am so proud of you. I knew I'd have to share you with the world one day."

Oh, whatever will be will be, but for now, this is just enough.

For now.


The CBR Raw NaNoWriMo 2014 writing competition is to discover originality of story concept and raw story-telling ability from unedited manuscript drafts from those who earned a NaNoWriMo certificate for completing at least 50,000 words in November.

The following manuscripts were found compelling and have advanced forward into the Raw NaNoWriMo 2014 Finalist positions:
  • Kristine E. Brickey for They Said She Was Crazy

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Four days of being surrounded by educators who also know the power of words, the exhilaration of getting our students to find their power, and are willing to share great ideas. That's what the Michigan Reading Association's 59th Conference held for me recently. I met the most amazing people and learned so much my brain could barely allow me to function today!

Thanks to Donalyn Miller, who urged me to do more with my Goodreads account, I can now say that I am a Goodreads Author and have the tag on my page to prove it. Even more importantly, I have shared this resource with my 8th graders, who now have even easier to access new and old young adult titles recommended by their own favorites authors. 

I would love to hear back about the site, get new reading ideas, and even perhaps some writing topics you might like to see included in future books from me.

Here's the link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8320398.Kristine_E_Brickey

Sunday, March 22, 2015


Tuesday, April 14th  6:00-7:30 p.m.
Delta Township District Library
5130 Davenport Drive
Lansing, MI 48917

Saturday, April 25, 2015 11:00 a.m.
Grand Ledge Area District Library
131 East Jefferson
Grand Ledge, MI 48837 
I guess it's official. I'm a 'real author' now that I have my own domain!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Audio Publication! KSLU...N'awlins!

Click on the link to listen to a variety of amazing writers sharing at the 2014 New Orleans Writing Marathon, Finding Your Muse. My piece is #2, and I'm calling it "When Writing Left Me."

Let me know what you think!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

"To be a 'Real' Writer"      by Kristine E. Brickey   March 19, 2015

Someone told me the other day that they wanted to be a real writer one day. "Aren't you a writer now?" I inquired with a smile.

"Well, yes, but I mean a real writer...like you." 

A 'real' writer, like me? What is it that makes someone feel like a 'real' writer rather than just a writer? Is there such a thing as a 'fake' writer, then?

My definition of 'Real' Writers includes:
     a love of writing--the physical act of putting down words and the emotional response words elicit in both the writer and readers, which demands also, that real writers SHARE their writing.

Perhaps it is the willingness to share that closes the gap between merely being a writer and being what people consider a 'Real Writer'.

I used to think real writers could live off their writing, but now I don't think so. I think it is more that Real Writers can't live WITHOUT their writing. 

Real Writers must write. 

Real Writers feel the pull of the words, the stories, the characters, etc. from inside and answer the call to put the words into concrete form.

Real Writers love the power of words; succumb to the vital necessity of putting down those words; and finally, bravely share their words with others.

What do you think? What is your definition of what it means to be a 'Real Writer' in today's world?

I can't wait to hear from you!

Saturday, March 14, 2015