Thursday, July 24, 2014

Young Writers


 I received a message via Facebook this week from a seventeen year old girl asking me about how to get stories published. She loves to write and is considering her major in college based on that. Her message was music to my ears. I can't help it. It's the teacher/mom/ writer in me!

My heart leaps when young people are excited about reading and writing. My experience has allowed me to read the creative works of children. Their imaginations leave me in awe at times. Imagination is the building block needed to develop their writing. Nothing motivates my kids to write more than when I tell them their stories don't have to be real. Their little wheels turn. I like to eavesdrop on their conversations as they bounce ideas off one another.

My FB message this week gave me an idea for this blog. I'd like to post advice and information for young writers beginning today.  I think a good place to start for writers 13 and over is the Young Writers Society. It's an online community for young writers to interact and showcase their writing.

For children under 13, with parental permission, I like Poetry 4 Kids. Kenn Nesbitt is the author of many funny poems that kids love. He has a poetry contest for kids once a month. The winner's work is published on the website.

My advice for writers of all ages is to read and write as much as you can!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Meet the Author of the Teen Wytche Saga

I'm please to introduce this Friday's Feature YA Adult Author,  Ariella Moon,  author of the Teen Wytche Saga.

What inspired you to become a writer?
In sixth grade I won a national essay contest. Talk about a confidence booster! Plus, I have always been a voracious reader. But my biggest inspiration has been my daughter. She was an advanced reader from a very young age and it was difficult to find complex books for her that were age appropriate. She's grown now, but there are many kids like her. So I write clean teen romances with relatable subjects like sibling rivalry, friendship issues, mental illness, high school, and first love.

What book(s) have you written that you would like to tell us about?
I have written three contemporary, paranormal teen romances (working on #4) in the Teen Wytche Saga. In Spell Check, Evie must prevent her best friend Parvani from casting a binding love spell on Jordan, Evie’s secret crush. Evie enlists the help of goth outcast Salem, who stars in Spell Struck, book #2.

In Spell Struck, the spell book from Spell Check has morphed into a priceless gypsy grimoire. Salem hopes to unlock its mysteries and discover a Get Well Spell for her suicidal sister. But Salem's boyfriend must destroy the grimoire before it falls into the hands of his kidnappers.

Spell Fire introduces my most controversial heroine, Ainslie. She works hard to escape her Crazy Girl past, but it's difficult when her parents ditch her at Christmas and a dragon wants to be her new BFF. And no one will explain the hissing spell book. She meets a boy who calms her obsessive-compulsive disorder, but his deadly secret may be their undoing.



Do you have any favorite childhood books?
 I loved The Chronicles of Narnia. The series has magic, adventure, fascinating worlds, strong female characters, and romance — basically everything a girl could want.

Do you have advice for aspiring writers?

 Study your craft and never give up. Join writing organizations like the Romance Writers of America or the Society of Book Writers and Illustrators. They will help you hone your craft and stay updated on industry news. And RWA has excellent writing contests

Where can we find you and your books?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Use Your Talent

A person's talents are often referred to as gifts. Sometimes talents are unknown until we unwrap them layer by layer and the gift is revealed. Once the talent is revealed, it's time use it. Talent is not to be wasted, it's given to us to help others.

 There are times when I get overwhelmed and want to choose one gift over the other. I know in my heart that God gave me the gift of teaching and compassion for children to be used together. I also know that writing is talent that has been slowly unwrapped and also used to benefit young people.  Teaching and writing in themselves take a tremendous amount of time to plan and develop. I often get discouraged when trying to make time for both.  I think of the quote from Erma Bombeck, put my game face on, and set to work.

I too one day want to stand before God and say "I used everything you gave me."

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Young Adult Novella

 My young adult novella, Beyond Vica, was released by Astraea Press yesterday.  I've always had a passion for helping young people along with writing. The combination of the two is my inspiration for writing this novella.

  The four most important young people in my life have experienced more than one tragedy that has taken a loved one from them too soon. The latest tragedy occurred after this story was already written and in the process of being published. As a result of this, I 'm now raising two more teens. My family grew and so has the love in my heart. 

  The most difficult part of this journey was to watch the grief of my two new children. There were nights I wished I could rub their hearts and heal them. Unfortunately, grief is a process.  I have to love them through this.

  My story shows the process of grieving through the eyes of Gabby. Just like Gabby, my new children have the support for young people grieving through our local hospice. I can't say enough how thankful I am that we have this resource available to us. Click here to read more about the services they provide.

Enjoy and love the people in your life.