Recently, I participated in The Next Big Thing–Blog Hop thanks to the fabulous young adult writer, L.A. Byrne. Describing aspects of writing the picture book Cora Gets Carried Away made my main character, Cora, feel real. I met a writer of middle grade fantasy, Leslie Zampetti at a SCBWI Meditation Workshop and tagged her as a writer to watch. I have one more writer to introduce.
Kim Beck and I went to college together and, along with four other girls, lived together in a house junior year. We go a lonnng way back. Who would have guessed that her oldest daughter and my youngest daughter would be born just three months apart, that I would live in her hometown and that we would both be bitten by the writing bug? (Speaking of bugs, check out the newly released picture book Bug Patrol by Denise Dowling Mortensen or what non-fiction author Lyn Sirota says is her secret.)
Back to Kim. In her “The Next Big Thing–Blog Hop” post, she provides a link to the first chapter of her young adult dystopian novel, The Interpreters. Love it! (and not just because I’m biased).
Hon, I now end my cover letters and queries to publishers with “Hope Springs Eternal” because WE are the Next Big Things.
Which children’s book authors have made an impression on you?