Hi there! Welcome to your cabin. Everyone here writes middle grade fiction: that is, fiction for children 8-12 years old. Middle grade novels tend to be 35,000 to 40,000 words, with some as low as 25K and certain genres (e.g. fantasy, science fiction, historical) up to 60K or even 70K.
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The genre you write
Your blog, website, or page
Your Twitter handle
Your favorite Middle Grade book
Why you write
What you do besides writing
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I love to read MG, YA, and Mystery books. But HOW to narrow it down to only one favorite?! Well, I can't... so how about a (short) list of my fave MGs? - Lockwood & Co. series by Jonathan Stroud - Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson - The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien - The Harry Potter series, because no list is complete without it! (Confession: I listen to the Jim Dale audio books yearly. If/when we become friends I can tell you the whole story of why this has become a tradition!)
Why do I write? Because if I don't, terrible things will happen. (Not really) (Well... maybe) I have so many ideas running amok in my head--seriously, they won't leave me alone. I LOVE the excitement of a new idea, of building an entirely new world. Characters pop into my brain and won't leave for days. The question "What if?" and the answers that spring to mind excite me beyond words. I write because I want to share this crazy-awesome-creative wellspring with others. Nothing brings me more joy. Okay, maybe that's not entirely true. My 5yr old son is pretty amazing, and he brings me way more joy than anything else in this world.
I do several things besides writing. I am a mom to a 5yr old boy (previously mentioned). We build Lego creations together. Sometimes I build my own creations (currently working on a Howl's Moving Castle build). I am a professional costume designer and have been for the last fifteen years, which means my son has some pretty sweet Halloween costumes (currently working on Boba Fett's armor for him). With my background in patterning and sewing I create samples for toy and game companies. I love to cook, bake (thank you for the obsession, Great British Bake-off!), play cello, and drink tea. LOTS of tea. And, of course, I read.
I'd love to meet other writers who have a passion for creating, too
My name is Jess. I am currently working on an upper middle grade (fiction), and am starting to dive in to revision & editing.
I also enjoy writing picture book stories, but want to focus on my MG - making it beautiful, easy & fun read!
My favorite MGs are Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Matilda & Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. I also enjoy Holes by Louis Sachar and Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
A lot of my favorite MGs are what I like to call 'throw backs'. I've always been obsessed with reading, but the classic MG stories burned in my brain like no other books I've read, and I just love them.
I don't have a web site or author-dedicated-anything. I'm not the best on social media when it's for personal use, so doing it from any other perspective does not feel genuine and I wouldn't know what to say... which sounds weird from someone who loves to write, but it's TRUE people (and when it's time to query I am hoping my agent-to-be won't be too concerned with online presence... or are they all?! Do I need help? HELP ME!).
I write because I get odd little scenes stuck in my head, and then I play them out over and over again until a story shows up. I have always wanted to write but could never find the time, I have a 2 & a 4 year old and I stay at home with them while working part time in Business Development (remote work), so my hands have been sup-ah full. I finally decided to *really* commit to writing, and I now understand when writers say 'FIND TIME' and 'WRITE EVERY DAY'- because you TOTALLY can... if you really want to.