I'm registered and have my calendar. National Novel Writing Month is upon us and I'll admit, I'm a little nervous. This is the first time I've participated in this challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days, and I don't quite know what to expect. I'm not even sure how to begin. I will be working on a middle grade fantasy that doesn't even have a title yet. I've read lots of Andrew Lang's fairy tale collections in preparation and I've jotted down some ideas in an outline. I've even thrown around a few ideas with my critique group. I guess I will jump in feet first as soon as the bell rings to get a good jump start and hope to run a straight course. I plan to attend a few write-ins to switch things up during the 30 days and be in contact with others trying to complete the challenge.
I am a writer of Children's and Young Adult books. I received my MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, and am an active member of SCBWI. I also have my MLS in Library Science with an emphasis on children and happily worked as a Children's Librarian for nearly 20 years. One of my favorite activities was reading books aloud to kids, especially to school-aged kids. Like the kids, I enjoy having stories read to me, so I listen to many of my books on audio and serve on audio judging committees.
Another favorite activity is creating fun snacks for library programs, friends, and family. I do that a lot and continually search for more ideas.
I have a tiny brown tabby cat named Gypsy, who originally belonged to my brother and sister-in-law, a very large Russian Blue mix named Bosley from the shelter who has quickly made himself at home, and a new puppy named Prince Albert. He's a Cavapoo, which means he's part Cavalier King Charles and part poodle, and adorable. I am married and live in Dayton, Ohio with my husband Rod.
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