Wednesday, May 6, 2015

I HAVE AN AGENT!!!

I've waited a long time to say those words.

I'm so happy to announce that I've officially signed with literary agent Steven Chudney of The Chudney Agency!

Details about my journey coming soon . . .

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

WHAT A YEAR IT'S BEEN!

Every new year, I set writing goals. Usually they sound something like this:

FINISH NEW NOVEL
or
WRITE 10 NEW PICTURE BOOKS
or
REVISE CURRENT WIP

But January 1, 2014 I decided to shake things up. And by that, I mean, step outside of my comfort zone.

I've belonged to a wonderful critique group for the past 7 years. And I have several critique partners with whom I occasionally swap manuscripts. I feel comfortable and safe with them. But a year ago, in order to put into practice my 2014 goal, I started doing NEW little things. Things like joining Twitter, entering online contests, joining writer's groups on Facebook, and taking online writing classes.

I can't even begin to tell you the amazing year I've had. My writing has grown more this year than the previous 10 years combined. I've interacted with agents, editors, received feedback on my work, learned better mechanics of writing, and have made about a bajillion new friends (the best part.)

Moral of the story: expand your circle, spread your wings, take the leap. Don't be afraid to try new things and push your writing along. Who knows what 2015 will bring!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

THREE BIRD SUMMER by Sara St. Antione

Adam always spends his summer up north at his grandmother's lakefront cabin with his large family. But this summer is different. Since his parents have recently divorced, there's no dad and no noisy cousins--just Adam, his stressed-out mom, and his stubborn grandmother who may or may not be "losing it".

THREE BIRD SUMMER is a surprisingly sweet nature-themed read, with a hint of mystery to keep things going. Readers will be just as sad to see the story end as Adam is to watch his summer draw to a close.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Blog Hop: WHY I WROTE MY PITCHWARS NOVEL

Some of the mentees this year are doing a blog hop, telling why we wrote our manuscript that was chosen for PitchWars. Well, the short answer for why I write any novel, is because the characters won't leave me alone until I get their story down on paper (and by that time, I've fallen in love with them and won't let them go.)

I am so beyond thrilled that my contemporary verse novel for middle-grade, POCKET FULL OF POPPIES, was chosen by Joy McCoullough-Carranza for PitchWars this year! It has been such an amazing few months of learning, revising, and making wonderful new writing friends.

My PitchWars novel is a story about a girl who tries to hide her worsening Tourette syndrome. Really, it is about so much more than that, but I'm trying to give you the short version here, folks.

It is probably important for me to mention that I was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome three months after I started the first draft of POCKET FULL OF POPPIES. I've had symptoms since childhood, but was never diagnosed nor did I understand that the things I was doing/feeling/thinking could be attributed to a disorder.

The more open I became about my diagnosis, the more I discovered what a misunderstood thing TS is and my desire to write a story where readers could emotionally walk in Tourette syndrome's shoes grew until I could contain it no more.

I wrote it because it was therapeutic for me.
I wrote it so others could understand.
I wrote it because I couldn't not write it.

And now . . . check out the rest of these amazing Pitch Warriors in the Blog Hop
and learn why they wrote their PitchWars novels.



Tracie Martin: WILD IS THE WIND






































Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Itsy Bitsy Book Review: SURE SIGNS OF CRAZY by Karen Harrington

"You've never met anyone like me. Unless, of course, you've met someone who survived her mother trying to drown her and now lives with an alcoholic father."

SURE SIGNS OF CRAZY is the story of Sarah, a twelve-year-old girl with regular twelve-year-old emotions, who worries she will end up being crazy, like her estranged mother. And even though she lives with her father, he's not exactly there for Sarah. 


Raw, honest, and perfectly age-appropriate, readers will sympathize and grow, right along with Sarah Nelson, even if they've never had a mother who tried to drown them or never lived with an alcoholic father. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

HOORAY FOR PITCHWARS!

So, this announcement is a wee bit overdue, but I am so thrilled to be Joy McCullough Carranza's alternate pick for PitchWars 2014!

I entered my Contemporary MG verse novel, POCKET FULL OF POPPIES, and Joy has been such a great cheerleader, friend, and teacher. We've been working together for a month and I can tell you--she is quite lovely. A playwright, a mother of two, a wife, a home-schooler, a MG/YA fiction writer, a freelance writer/editor, a seamstress, a chocolate lover, a sweetheart, a PitchWars mentor for the 2nd year in a row, a member of Project Middle Grade Mayhem, and my latest discovery--

my fairy godmother. (I'm serious.)

She is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger, Inc. and has some wonderific examples of queries that worked on her blog. Many amazing things have/do/will come from this amazing person. And I feel like I've won the lottery.