Ever since I was a young girl, I wanted to be a writer. I used to write poetry. I was (and still am) a huge fan of Agatha Christie, so I actually started a mystery novel, but never finished it.
I had dreams of being a full-time, self-supporting writer, and I started early in pursuing that dream. The first thing I had published was a short "how-to" for Workbasket Magazine (anyone remember that great little craft magazine?). I was paid five whole dollars for my little craft idea (how to make ice candles) and thought I was on my way to fame and fortune. I submitted several things to Christian magazines when I was in high school, but I didn't get anything else published until I was in my 30s (won't tell you how old I am now!). I did accumulate a "nice" collection of rejection slips from that time period. That was back in the days when many editors took the time to comment on your writing and not just send you a one-size-fits-all rejection slip. Oh, I long for those days.
Today, I am a successful writer and a published author if you think in terms of how many things I've actually had published. My list of publishing credits is long and varied but my checking account is rather short. Most of what I have had published has paid little or no cash, but I've made great strides in getting my name out there in the publishing world.
Even though I've written articles, book reviews, restaurant reviews, and recipes that don't have anything to do with kids, I prefer to write for children. To that end, I am still working diligently and will strive to continue writing for children, even if I don't get much published.
I am revising this blog to keep you up-to-date on my literary endeavors, whether they be for children or not, and to keep myself motivated in the process.
Wish me luck!!!
READ MORE ABOUT ME AT THESE WEBSITES:
* Read my interview on KidsBookShelf.
* Read my interview with Meghan McCarthy of Author's Talk.
* Read my interview with Meg Miller at Meg Miller Writes.