MG - Mighty kids against crazy odds!
Where to start? Well, I am a professional illustrator that has been writing as a hobby for quite a while now. Back in college I enrolled in numerous writing courses and even wrote a book – just to see if I could. Since then, I have concentrated on my illustration career all the while writing for fun in the background.
When my son was born about five years ago, I worked on an started to self publish several picture books. At the same time, I started to write seriously. I have had a few short stories published and have been working hard on middle grade fiction.
My goal is to be traditionally published and see where the writing muses take me.
I’m a fan of anything well written. My tastes are fairly wide open. I enjoy well written characters, mystery, action…give me a page turner!
I read a lot of genres, and while I do like horror and thrillers, I can do without violence towards children. That’s a hard pass.
Immaturely written characters are something that I become annoyed with. I don’t mean kids. Rather I mean if the writing is immature. That just gets under my skin.
12 y/o Jazz had a bad day – robot spiders, secret organizations, a monster in the basement. But with friends at her side and puzzles to solve, she might just see tomorrow.
A robotic man, an alien woman and a small vampire screamed together in front of a haunted house. Soldiers smeared with dirt and grime stood proudly in front of a tank, close friends in and out of battle. A young couple held their newborn baby, her tiny eyes open for the first time.
Jazz Clarke flipped to the next page in her grandma’s old photo album. Her grandma missed the old cameras that used film so Jazz always printed off photos for her. The first photo showed Jazz and her parents on Halloween several years ago. The second was her parents serving in the army. The next was her mom and dad holding Jazz when she was born twelve years ago.
Jazz turned to the final photo placed in the middle of the album. No new additions had been made to it for some time, half of the thick album had remained unused for five years now. She pulled the last photo out and stared at the glossy image. The picture showed Jazz and her parents making faces at the camera. People would often ask how such opposites got married. Not in how they looked, her dad being white and her mom black. But it was how they acted. Her mom was serious with a temper and her dad was the relaxed jokester. She had taken the photo for fun just before her parents left for work that day. Just another day. The last happy day.
Before working on this novel, I self published several picture books and wrote nearly a hundred short stories. Some of which I submitted and of those a couple have been published.
I would like to be traditionally published. Middle grade and older stories are what I enjoy to work on (for novels).
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