by Stacey M. Lane Grosh
© 2003
and illustrated by Illustration by David Reddick

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Stacey M. Lane Grosh is the features editor of The Herald Bulletin, Anderson, IN where she writes, organizes and helps design the lifestyles section the lifestyles section, People & Places. She also covers general interest and feature stories for the news and lifestyles, including a series of stories that raised money for a deathly ill child, persuaded Medicaid to pay for his medical bills and helped lead to amending Indiana's newborn screening law. 

She is also the former court and police reporter at The Chronicle-Tribune, Marion, Ind. and has had numerous stories picked up by The Associated Press, state and national wire services.

Stacey is a 30-year-old mother of three with a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism with a focus on creative writing and English from Ball State University, Muncie, Ind.

Awards include:
First place, short feature story, Hoosier State Press Association 2001, The Herald Bulletin. Story on the horrors midwives see and work with in Nigeria.

First place, best non-deadline reporting, Society of Professional Journalists 2000, The Herald Bulletin. Story about two men dying because of chemicals they say they were exposed to at a GM plant.

First place, short feature story, Hoosier State Press Association 2000, The Herald Bulletin. Story about a toddler stricken with a rare and deadly disease that could have been prevented if he had been tested for it at birth.

Blue Ribbon daily, HSPA 1999, The Chronicle-Tribune staff.

"The Truth About Caroline" is illustrated by David Reddick, a nationally syndicated cartoonist and artist, whose award-winning editorial cartoons, single-panel cartoons and illustrations, appear in newspapers, magazines, books, on websites, posters and products worldwide and in his book, "Reddick's Rhetoric: A Cartoon Collection by David Reddick." He lives in Indiana with his wife and daughter.

Q&A for a closer look at The Truth About Caroline...

What is "The Truth About Caroline" about?
It's a ghost story about a 13-year-old girl followed around by a poltergeist. It's scary. It's funny. It's also about friendship, first boyfriends and all the crazy emotions stirring inside you when you're a teen.
Who is the book geared toward?
The story is for preteen girls and those in their early teens. The main characters are 13 to 15 years old.
Where did the idea for "The Truth About Caroline" come from?
I used to hang out with two boys on the playground in elementary school. We'd gather at a corner, sit down and tell ghost stories. Part of the story of Caroline stems from one of the stories - a story that was engraved and haunted me all these years.
Do the characters mirror anything about your life?
I think authors can't help but put parts of their own lives in their books. We all draw from our own experiences and observations. Things we see, hear, read and do all influence what we write. But they characters are not any one person I know. They're not based on me or my friends or relatives. They are bits and pieces of several people and some just original parts molded into each one.
How long have you been a writer?
All my life. I've always written short stories, starting in elementary school. I graduated from Ball State University with a degree in magazine journalism and carried that on to become a journalism at two different Indiana newspapers. I am now the features editor of The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, IN.
Are you working on any other books?
Yes. Several. Another for teens and the others are for adults. Each one is fiction.

An interview with Stacey Grosh: 
Writer's Book Shows Girls that it's OK to Have the Creeps

"Stacey M. Lane Grosh has combined her memories of what it's like to be an awkward pubescent and her interest in all things creepy into a mystery for teen girls."

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Stacey Grosh's Family Columns 
for the Anderson Indiana Herald Bulletin:

Ever met a Candy Cane?

Top baby names for 2003 were announced recently with No. 1 being Jacob and Emily ó quite the stretch from Candy, Rocky and Treasure. Or Gannon, for that matter. Itís like the top names never change. Always there seems to be a Michael and Joshua and Madison and Ashley.

First crushes will lead to first kisses

Are we already at this stage? Bratz, Finding Nemo, Spiderman, animal posters coat my girlsí walls. Is it time for crushes and something that Iím sure will happen really soon: First kisses? They sleep with teddy bears and stuffed snakes. They canít put fingernail polish on without it somehow dripping down the sides of their hands. Itís time for boyfriends already?

With children, it all comes down to sacrifices

Iím always exhausted. But this weekend, for once, it was all worth it.

Sometimes a 7-year-old can teach adults a little something about maturity

My 7-year-old is more mature than I am. In a rather bizarre incident in her first-grade classroom the other day she responded to a situation with tolerance, understanding and maturity. I would have responded by decking the kid.

A new carnival attraction in the neighborhood

Mowing will be nil in our back yard this year. My children's grandparents love them so much that we have basically a "come one come all" carnival in our backyard. All the neighbor kids hang out at our house in the summer. One mother told me our backyard is like "Disneyland" to the children on our street.. . .

Pranksters, prepare your engines

You better watch out. Itís now just three days away and you can bet your kids are counting those days down. Mine have been for about a month now.. . .

Parents should be kids too

My fingernails are a bright obnoxious royal blue.

I can't help it. I love wild and silly fingernail polishes. It's the kid in me. There's a kid inside all of us. It's just something you can't shake.

The kid in me has brought me closer to my kids.. . .

Any ideas on how to fly with kids?

Questions are flying around our house.

Weíre about to take our three girls on their first airplane trip. So Iím trying to figure out ways to make them feel more comfortable. I donít want them to be THOSE wild kids. You know exactly the kinds of kids Iím talking about. They kick your seat or have a heyday with the button that reclines their seats back and forth over and over again in front of you. Or they scream and throw things. Or just pop around from seat to seat.

So in an attempt to prevent a fiasco, Iím planning ahead.

The education of what to do and not to do on an airplane is about to begin.. . .

Children never really make sense

Sometimes things just happen and I have absolutely no explanation.

My 4-year-old Chloe came walking into the bedroom the other night with marshmallows on her nose. She had taken the tiny ones, ripped them in half, licked them and then stuck them all over her nose. She walked around for quite a while that night like it was no big deal at all.

When I asked her why she had a marshmallow nose she replied: "I like the way they smell.". . .

Grown-ups don't always know who the monsters are

It's impossible to tell who the real monsters are.

They come disguised sometimes as the nicest people. It's always seems to be too late when we uncover that really they were child molesters, domestic abusers or murderers.. . .

Teacher's award helped the new kid fit in at school

I talked to her teacher about Cassieís adjustment problems. She then promptly moved Cassie to sit next to the friendliest girl in the class. She made special efforts for the two of them to work together so Cassie could make a friend. That little effort began to make a difference.

But what I link the change to is something even simpler. Every nine weeks, the school has an awards program. Every child is invited. Every child gets an award. And every child is asked to clap and cheer for their classmates. . . .

I was my daughter's monster, no matter how I tried to help

Night terrors take place during very deep sleep and generally occur during the first four hours of sleep. Our doctor said that night terrors are not usually considered to be dangerous or to be a cause for concern. He didn't know and I could never find any information on why children get night terrors.. . .

Sibling rivalries extend through generations

Signs have popped up on my 7- and 4-year-old's bedroom door that warn those who want to enter must knock.

Actually it says: "Plesea knock on our door if noone answers plesea leave a note"

My 8-year-old has a princess door bell on her door that must be rung or she won't answer.

They want privacy -- despite one sharing a room. The oldest, Cassie, is already telling me she's "five years from being a teenager." Or other days it's "four years from being a preteen.". . .

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Books Reviewed by Stacey Lane Grosh:

Dada: A Guy's Guide to Surviving Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the First Year of Fatherhood


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