Penny Warner Visited SJ SinC

Penny Warner writes cozies for adults and a great series for children. She came to visit the San Joaquin Chapter of Sisters in Crime and talked about her books and also gave us some promotion 

She's always a fun speaker. 

Her children's books are all about codes and decoding, and she said sometimes the kids write to her in code and she has a tough time deciphering them.

This is the latest in the code buster series.
I bought all three of the books for one of my great-granddaughters who likes to read.

This is her latest mystery series which she is writing under the name of Penny Pike. I've started reading this one and it's delightful.

What Penny said about marketing:

An author in the audience complained about the time taken from his writing to promote.

Her answer, everyone has to do it.

She does something special to give out for every book--made toe tags for one book, sign language cookies for her books with the deaf newspaper heroine.

She speaks at many places about her books and advised that a writer should book him/herself into as many places as possible.

And here's Penny Warner's bio from her website:

I've been writing since I read my first Nancy Drew in 6th grade. Since then I've had over 50 books published, fiction and non-fiction, for adults and children. I've been lucky -- my books have won national awards, garnered excellent reviews, and have been printed in 14 countries, including Russia, France, Spain, Germany, Holland, Australia, Canada, Indonesia, India, Israel, Poland, Japan, and China.

My best-sellers include Healthy Snacks for Kids, Kids’ Party Games and Activities, Best Party Book, Games People Play, Kids’ Holiday Fun, Learn to Sign the Fun Way, Baby Play and Learn, Kids Pick-A-Party, and Kids’ Party Cookbook.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and a Master's degree in Special Education, and I've been teaching child development at the local college for over 20 years. I also teach writing tips at conferences across the country, including Pikes Peak, Whidbey Island, San Francisco, Jack London, and dozens of others.

I belong to Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, SCBWI, Women Writing the West, and California Writers Club.

And I've appeared on television featuring ideas from my books, including the national Dr. Spock PBS series, “Parent Sense,” the “Later Today” show, “HGTV,” “Channel 7 News,” “People Are Talking,” “Mornings on 2,” and dozens of others.

In my spare time, I write a weekly newspaper column on family life (avaliable at, and I contribute to popular websites including,,,,,,,,,, and

My husband Tom and I write interactive mysteries as fundraisers for libraries across the country.
I live in Danville, California, have two grown children, and four adorable grandchildren.


Jackie Houchin said…
Thanks, Marilyn for writing this up. I enjoy Penny's books (the old ones about a deaf newspaper reporter) and the children's CODE books. I also enjoyed her first in the new series, Crabby Cook, which I reviewed on my blog.

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