My name is Monica, and I’m a whole lot of things: author, speaker, entrepreneur, homeschooling mom of two boys, big-time traveler (when not in lockdown), and, most importantly, lover of chocolate. I’m also on Eastern Time, although time zones don’t really make a difference to me.
I’m currently working on a novel set in Ancient Rome where my protagonist is the daughter of a sorceress and has premonitions that force her to come to terms with her gifts.
Over the past 8 years, I’ve self-published 3 children’s books and, in 2020, self-published a book titled Homeschool By Design. This book’s success had me featured in 8 TV segments to educate others on the options of homeschooling in our area.
I’m a big believer in magic (actually), am pretty laid back when it comes to reading, and open to all things. I’ve never written for middle grade, which means I’m a bit of a newbie when writing this type of fiction.
Currently enrolled in Writers Village University, I’ve been working on their MFA program since September and have experience with offering constructive feedback to other authors.
Honestly, I’m open to everything. What I love the most is magical realism, like Practical Magic, Rules of Magic, and Magic Lessons. I’m a big fan of Alice Hoffman. She writes the worlds I wish I was in. But I also enjoy mystery, thrillers, adventure, historical, light fantasy….pretty much anything that has a good storyline and where the characters are relatable.
I read tons of MG books with my own children, mostly horror or sci-fi (think Ready Player One or Ender’s Game, both of which I believe are YA or adult, now that I think of it…), but also a lot of books with social justice issues (The Ghost Boys, George, etc.).
Hard nos? Westerns. I can’t seem to get into those. Oh, and high fantasy with complicated worlds. Can’t get into those either.
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- Include the link to your own CP Match profile! You can find it on your Dashboard. Don't have one yet? What are you waiting for? Anyone with a WriteOnCon.org account can make one!
- Introduce yourself a little, and say what appealed to you about their listing.
- Respect what's listed here in their profile. They took the time to fill it out, and they've included this information for a reason. Don't send a message about a book they specifically say is a Hard No, for example.
- Offer to swap a small sample of your works, so you can see if you're really compatible. First chapters are a good starting place.
- If one party no longer wants to continue the interaction, it's nobody's fault. Sometimes finding the right CP takes time.
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