Christine Kohler

Children's Book Author, Editor, Writing Instructor

Double Knot Photography

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March 22, 2017

Tags: unreliable narrators, David Almond, Justine Larbalestier, HEAVEN EYES, LIAR, Cicada, "Black Cherry Eyes", Kezi Matthews, magic realism

Edgar Allen Poe was the first author to use an unreliable narrator, according to Harry Lee Poe in his biography EDGAR ALLAN POE (Metro Books, 2008). Poe used this literary device in "The Cask of Amontillado" and "Tell-Tale Heart".

When writing a story with an unreliable narrator in children's literature, authors are tipping the reader (more…)


January 31, 2017

Tags: novel writing, Romance, war literature, writing craft, WWII

by Dandi Daley Mackall

I grew up on my parents’ amazing true war stories—how Mom joined the Army as a nurse when WWII broke out and Dad signed up to report to the Army the day after he got his medical degree. Even as a kid, (more…)


September 1, 2016

Tags: authors, illustrators, presentations, programs, school visits, video-chats, virtual visits

Take the stress out of computer video-chat school visits by pre-planning for any potential technology failure. Illustration by
By Christine Kohler

“If anything can go wrong, it will.” – Murphy’s Law

In today’s techno-world this is especially true. The day of a recent video-chat school visit I posted on Facebook, “Satan is alive and lives in my computer.” Although my stress-level skyrocketed that morning when my PC’s operating system corrupted, (more…)


August 22, 2016

Tags: C. Lee McKenzie, Goodreads, Sign of the Green Dragon

By C. Lee McKenzie

It may seem obvious, but if you’re an author you should be on Goodreads. That’s where your serious readers and reviewers hang out. Christine asked if I’d write something to show what I do to make Goodreads work for me, so here are a few tips that (more…)


August 1, 2016

By Christine Rhodeback Kohler

Ursula Nordstrom. senior vice president and publisher of Harper & Row from 1940-1979, didn’t address me as “Dear Genius”, but she was kind enough to write a two-page typed letter to this sophomore in high school who dreamed of growing up and becoming a published author.

I found this dictated (more…)


July 21, 2016

Tags: Guam, Guam history, Guam liberation, Guam Liberation Day, Marianas, Pacific Islands, WWII

By Zita Y. Taitano

The date July 21, 1944 is a time Chamorros—the indigenous people of the island of Guam—can never forget. On this particular day, United States Armed Forces set foot on Guam to liberate the Chamorros from two-and-a-half years of occupation by the Japanese Empire.

Many of the native islanders suffered greatly (more…)


May 1, 2016

Tags: author photos, model photos, photography, public relations, realtor photos

By Christine Kohler

Publicity photos are more important than ever since the advent of internet. I’ve had many experiences regarding publicity photos since my first four fiction books were published in 1985, so I’ll share with you how to get the best bang for your bucks.

Tip #1 – Release: Make sure the photographer will (more…)


April 19, 2016

Tags: Christine Kohler bio, female journalists, Parkland College Notable Alumni

By Christine Kohler

I am deeply honored, humbled, and gobsmacked to have been selected as one of 50 Parkland College Notable Alumni. Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Parkland is the third largest (more…)


April 2, 2016

Tags: A Face in Every Window, A Mighty Fine Time Machine, Going Bovine, Han Nolan, Libba Bray, naysayer, picture books, Suzanne Bloom, writing craft, YA literature

By Christine Kohler

A librarian who has been a judge on many Texas Bluebonnet Award committees once told me that she looks for naysayers. One of this librarian’s favorite picture book author-illustrator is Suzanne Bloom.

Look at (more…)


March 22, 2016

Tags: blogs, copyright, glogs, graphics, illustrations, photos

This photo is free on
By Christine Kohler

UPDATE: Normally updates are at the end of articles, but I've decided to break with the norm and post it up-top so you don't have to scroll or skip altogether, wondering why I ran the same article twice.

First, must have changed it's swap policy. An author recently drew to my attention that she could not find anywhere in the policy that wanted people to upload 10 photos, approved by their committee, in exchange for using their photos free. I pulled up the policy and re-read, and she was right. I could no longer find that request.

Second, you may have noticed I removed my own thorny photo with this article and the cutline explaining that the close-up desert nature photo had been rejected by Pixabay. Just to show how subjective the arts are, I submitted this same photo as one of three in an application to iStock by Getty. Their committee accepted it. So the photo no longer belongs to me, and that's why I removed it so I don't get in any legal trouble later for using my own photo when others have to pay for it. (My photos on this site are not protected and anyone can copy them with a right click of the mouse.)
Which leads me to my third update...

I am now an iStock by Getty contributing artist! I was especially surprised I was selected first try because I don't doctor my photos with PhotoShop or other fancy software. Photos today on any of these professional sites are stunning, whereas I'm more of a point-and-shoot news photographer. I'm sure my photography professor at the University of Hawaii would be flabbergasted, too. I won't make much money, but it's better than giving away my photos free. If I do make even a little money, I'll roll it into buying a new 35mm camera with a longer lens. One thing I won't be buying is PhotoShop. They have also changed their policy and now it costs a monthly fee, which is against a personal principle of mine.

If you do photography in stills or videos, illustrate, or design graphics, consider applying to one of the paid professional services. You won't make a lot of money, probably not as much as freelancing, but it may provide "low hanging fruit" as another author-editor friend calls it.


Anyone who has ever maintained a website or blogged knows the challenge of finding free photos and illustrations, and obtaining permission to use them. Writers and artists, possibly more than anyone else, are sensitive to the copyright issues. We not only support, but defend, copyright laws. Just ask an author about (more…)

Selected Works

E-Book, Non-fiction, writers
e-book on Kindle for those interested in writing biblical-based stories, articles, poems.
This series covers everything you need to know to organize a glee or show choir.
"...Internet sites that are kept up to date and used as a resource for students writing research projects. The Report Links provide such useful sources as documents, photographs, and illustrations...." –Library Media Connection, October 2006
Refugees: Hear their voices. Read about children who lived through wars, and sought to find safe homes. They moved to a new country for a better life.
A young man. An old soldier. A terrible injustice. But should the punishment be death?
Anthologies, Collections
"Chiune Sugihara: Righteous Among the Nations", Leaflets of Our Resistance, Volume 2
Activities for outdoor play, sand and water play.
Activities for teachers to help children ages 3-6 learn about the world around them.
100 activities for teachers of children 3-5
Fiction, ages 5-9
When Jennifer and Scotty Harper encounter problems in life, they come up with solutions to overcome difficulties, and learn to trust Jesus in the process.

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