I haven't been to a writer's conference or seminar in quite some time and I have felt very disconnected. I have made the commitment that to get published by a traditional publisher and am committed to being a well-rounded author. So I need to network and get involved with writer's groups.
I have since joined SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators) www.scbwi.org so I can pursue my love of writing young adult and middle grade fiction. This past Saturday I attended a writing class with Coleen Paratore at The Arts Center in Troy, NY where Coleen now lives. She is the best-selling author of some amazing picture and middle grade books like Big and The Wedding Planner's Daughter. Visit her website at www.coleenparatore.com to get a list of her books. The class was based on her book called Fireflies and it's a writing journal to help you 'spark' ideas for different stories. I really enjoyed the exercises and the instant camaraderie amongst the other students who all happened to be female.
Attending this class got me fired up to continue my search for an agent and publisher for my latest middle grade novel called The Puzzle Quests: Shimmer's Eggs. In this new series, eleven-year-old Luke and nine-year-old Peter are the brave knights Princess Meriwether seeks to help her find Shimmer's eggs, in order to protect her kingdom from attacks by the evil Lord Tam. Their best friends, Marc and Rose, join the quest and together they use their skills and teamwork to bond with the hatched dragons and fight back. But there is another reason that this fearless foursome time travels to this magical realm and it will forever change their lives.
I'm looking forward to keep connections growing with other authors and my readers. And don't worry fans of The Fianna Cycle series--I'm working on book three called Through the Mists and will keep you updated!
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