Markelle Grabo

Young Adult Author


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The Stolen Child won an award!

Posted by Markelle Grabo on June 13, 2015 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (24)

I am so pleased to announce that The Stolen Child was recently awarded for excellence in independent publishing by the New Apple Book Awards! I'm very excited because, for me, The Stolen Child is the best (and most challenging) novel I've written thus far. It's also great to see a shiny foil sticker on the cover - definitely a highlight of my writing career.

First Writing Competition Pays Off

Posted by Markelle Grabo on January 19, 2014 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Early this past summer Journey into the Realm: The Elf Girl was submitted to Shelf Unbound's Writing Competition sponsored by Half Priced Books. I was so pleased to learn that The Elf Girl was named as a notable read in the category of teen books for best independently published books.  You can see the listing on page 60 of the December/January issue

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The Toughest Book Yet

Posted by Markelle Grabo on July 8, 2013 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

As a writer and storyteller, I'm sure it's hard for people to imagine that I find blogging quite difficult. My posts are less than frequent, mainly because it's hard for me to turn little updates into an interesting segment people will want to read. But seeing as how I have some free time during the summer, I suppose I should suck it up and post something!

As many of you know, I'm currently editing the third book in the Journey into the Realm series, The Stolen Child. I wrot...

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Merton Primary School Visit

Posted by Markelle Grabo on May 21, 2013 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Had a wonderful time speaking to the 3rd graders at Merton Primary School about my journey as an author. They were a great audience and had plenty of awesome questions. These kids show an amazing enthusiasm for reading and writing. At the end, they even requested a writer's workshop in class - something they are usually never excited about! This is the most rewarding part of being an author. Here I am with a student who played a big role in setting up this visit. She also happens to be one of...

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First TV News Interview

Posted by Markelle Grabo on April 6, 2013 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

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Posted by Markelle Grabo on September 12, 2012 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (1)

It's week three of my college experience. So far, I've had my ups and downs. I've been homesick. I've celebrated my freedom. I've been overwhelmed by school work. I've bonded with new friends. I've missed my friends back home. I've taken trains to the city and explored my lakeshore campus. I've become a college student. This is my life now...and it's crazy.

So I thought I'd take the time to remark on this awesome place I've found to clear my stress away. For people who know ...

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College & Writing...

Posted by Markelle Grabo on August 26, 2012 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (2)

Today marks my fifth day at Loyola University Chicago. Classes start tomorrow. Thus far, I've been occupied with fun Welcome Week activities, meeting new people, and managing a life away from home. This leaves little time for writing. However, I have made several attempts. The first was in my dorm room. I had some free time, so I decided to open up the file containing Book 7 of the Journey into the Realm series and have at it.

It didn't go so well.

I'm a "c...

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It's Finally Here!!!

Posted by Markelle Grabo on August 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (3)

After months and months of waiting, I can finally say that Journey into the Realm: The Spell Master, the sequel to The Elf Girl, is officially for sale! The book can be purchased directly from the publisher at or online at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. The Spell Master is available in hardcover, paperback, and eBook format.

I'm very excited for people to read this book. It was one of my favorites of the series to write (so far it's...

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The Spell Master - Special Preview

Posted by Markelle Grabo on November 16, 2011 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (2)

Journey into the Realm: The Spell Master, is currently in the editing process, but I wanted to post a blog with a few hints of what's to come. I'm extremely excited for this book's release because it's one of my favorites of the entire series - and I can't hold back any longer!

But before I begin, if you haven't read The Elf Girl and you decide to continue reading this, you'll either be a) super confused or b) angry with me because there are spoilers. So don'...

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Ramsey's Character - Part 3 : Relationships

Posted by Markelle Grabo on September 29, 2011 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

As I'm writing, oftentimes I picture myself as the reader to gain further insight into what I've written and how readers will react to the plot of the story. I ask questions and make comments as if I were reading my work for the first time. I did this several times as I wrote and edited The Elf Girl.

The majority of my questions came toward the end of the novel. And no, they didn't deal with Ramsey's secret or the dangerous Finn (shocker, right?). Instead, they concerned Ram...

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