of us grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. How did the
creators plan these stories in the first half century of these series?
What made them such page turners? Nancy
Drew and the Hardy Boys have inspired countless mystery readers and
writers. Learn some of the secrets of the Stratemeyer Syndicate that
helped to make some of the most successful YA mysteries of the twentieth
D. Keeline first discovered Tom Swift books on the family bookshelf
when he was 8 and the Hardy Boys soon afterward. From 1988 to 2000 he
was the manager of The Prince and the Pauper Collectible Children's
Books where he surprised more than a few with the sad news that no one
named Carolyn Keene wrote Nancy Drew.
He has become an expert in the Stratemeyer Syndicate and the history of series books. His Series Book Encyclopedia will
list about 1,300 series published between the 1830s and the 1980s with
details on the authors, artists, pseudonyms, ghostwriters, and
publishers. His biography of Edward Stratemeyer will detail the life and
career of the man behind many of the most popular series.
James lives in Wildomar, California with his wife Kim.