Who am I?
Hello! I am a person with too many hobbies and not enough time. I am married and have one child. My son is six and is a very active, curious, imaginative, creative child. Did I mention he is very active? He really doesn’t know how to sit still. I’m not sure what happened; my husband and I are both pretty calm people who like to sit down and read all day. I love his curiosity and his creativity. I listen to him jabber with his figures and smile at the stories he tells. Perhaps he’ll be a writer one day too!
I teach 6th grade English and ESL. I am working on earning my Master in Information and Library Sciences in the hopes of one day becoming a school librarian.
I love to be creative. Growing up my mom taught me every craft under the sun, except quilting, which happened to be the one thing I wanted to learn more than anything. In college, I taught myself to quilt. Then I came home and taught my mom and my sister to quilt.
I also enjoy painting and drawing, although I’m not very good at it.
What do I read?
I read quite a bit, but I wish I had time to read more so I could keep up with my kids. That is my school kids. I love fantasy, especially epic fantasy, the thicker, more epic the better. Some of my favorite authors are Brandon Sanderson, Terry Brooks, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and I think I need to add Patrick Rothfuss to the list. I started reading his giant tome called Name of the Wind, and since it has been almost a year since I read an epic fantasy novel, it felt like coming home to a nice cozy chair by the fire. I also happen to love YA and NA (New Adult) books, which is good since I need to be familiar with those books to do my job well. See My Philosophy page for more information on that topic.
What do I write?
I also write fantasy. I wrote about the beginning of my writing dream here. After I came home from college I created a world and wrote 130 pages of a novel. I fumbled around and knew I had a lot to learn, so I started reading books on how to write novels. From those books, I learned I had far more to learn than I ever imagined. I stopped writing for 10 years. I stumbled onto the Writing Excuses podcast and listened to it for the last 8 years. Much of what I know about writing, I learned from that podcast. I can’t say enough good things about it. If you want to be a writer, listen to it. Season 10 is a great place to start because it is a master course on how to write a book from start to finish.
I finished my first fantasy novel manuscript rough draft in spring 2017. I wrote a short story and I’m working on a second one now. (Summer 2017) I hope to start submitting the short stories for publication before the year is out. I am aiming to go the traditional route for publication.
I started this blog to build a community. When I started teaching, I looked for a resource that would tell me if a book was appropriate for the 11-year olds that I was teaching. Over the years I was occasionally surprised that an innocuous-looking book contained sex scenes that would embarrass my students or the book contained surprisingly graphic violence. It didn’t bother some students but some were more sensitive to that kind of thing. I couldn’t find a resource like this. When you can’t find what you need, make it! This blog was born out of that need!
Teaching all day, grading essays at night, writing my stories, spending time with my family, and grad school keeps me very busy. I would love to be able to read a book per week, but I can’t get through them that fast. I read around 25 books a year. So, this year, to create more content for this blog, I am going to create some writing posts about what I’ve learned about writing over the years.
I hope you like my blog. I absolutely LOVE hearing from you! I would love to hear any suggestion you have to give.
Here are some ways to contact me:
Email me: QuillandBooks @ gmail.com
I joined NetGalley in July 2017