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Videos will be on
but announced here.
Halloween = spooky
Are you in the mood for spooky?
To hear me read "Come In And Rest a Spell" from All Hallows' Eve, click here.
(Meant for ages 12 and up)
To read more about All Hallows' Eve, click here.
My last regularly scheduled video for the summer.
This is a writing prompt based on 8 Class Pets.
To watch the 9 Class Pets video, click here.
After schools were closed this spring, the teachers at Winecoff Elementary in Concord, NC took turns reading the chapters of 8 Cass Pets on line. Afterwards, the students shared some of their questions with me.

To hear me answer those questions, click here.


Jody Anderson of the Henry County Public Library in Clinton, MO (who, along with her daughters Delaney and Ainsley are all long-time volunteers at the Children's Literature Festival in Warrensburg, MO)--interviewed me as part of the library's on-going summer reading program, Ask the Author series.
 Jody and Vivian
Delaney guiding people to my session
Ainsley and Vivian
To watch the interview, click here.
June 1--Just in time for Halloween!
To listen to "When and How" from All Hallows' Eve 13, click here.
Does the story of Rumpelstiltskin make any sense at all? No, it does not.
To hear me read from The Rumpelstiltskin Problem, click here.
a poetry writing prompt
To watch the video where I talk about poetry, click here.
Teacher Katherine Ross read 3 Good Deeds to her 3rd grade students at Taylor Elementary in Arlington, VA--and they sent in questions to me.
To watch the video of the Q&A centered on 3 Good Deeds, click here.
How I came to write The Princess Imposter
To see the video about The Princess Imposter, click here.
A short story meant for children 6 - 10 years old, "At the First Sign of Trouble"
To hear "At the First Sign of Trouble," click here.
Students at Seminole High School sent me some questions about Heir Apparent, which their teacher Tamara Harkins is reading to them while they learn at home. These are the same questions anyone interested in the story might have asked.
To hear my answers, click here.

Now that you've heard Ghost of a Hanged Man

to hear how I came to write Ghost of a Hanged Man, click here.
A writing prompt, based on Smart Dog
To watch the writing prompt video, click here.
A slide show about how I came to write 8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel ÷ 1 Dog = Chaos
 Learn about 8 Class Pets here.
"For Love of Sunny" from Once Upon a Test: Three Light Tales of Love, published by Albert Whitman & Company
Watch me read "For Love of Sunny" here.
A reading from Cloaked in Red, published by Two Lions Publishing
Watch me read about "Little Red Riding Hood" (as opposed to Little Rat Riding Hood) here.
"Frog" from the collection Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Watch me read "Frog" here.
"Skin Deep" from the collection Curses, Inc., published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Watch me read "Skin Deep" here.
Troll Teacher, published by Holiday House, which includes MJ Auch's fun and wonderful illustrations.
Troll Teacher on You Tube.
A message from Vivian:
These are unsettling and somewhat scary times.
With schools closed for the foreseeable future, teachers and librarians are scrambling to provide for their students, and several people have asked for my permission to record themselves reading one of my books. My understanding is that you don't need to get permission from me (or my publishers) so long as you acknowledge the publisher and your method of sharing is limited and temporary (that is, not an open-to-all link on You-Tube, and just for this year's class).
Teachers and librarians, thank you for all you do.


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Notice the Study Guides flag.
That's the place to go if you're interested in activities, discussion questions, or study guides for my books.  For the moment, there are only three (for 8 Class Pets, Curses, Inc., and Heir Apparent).  So, if you've written a study guide or quizz for one of my other books and you're willing to share, please contact:
Lucy Giglio, Author Booking Agent