Books are magic.
I remember each time I opened a new book as a little girl, I would disappear for hours into another world. Everyone was my friend. I never felt lonely. Parents didn’t fight, and the world had its challenges, but the main character always overcame them.
Reading and writing breathed life into me and gave me a reason to keep on.
I knew I always wanted to be a writer, just not how that would look as an adult. I published many poems as a teenager and young adult in small collections here and there, but it was in college when I took my first official creative writing class, that I attempted something longer than a short story.
I was hooked.
So, since then, I’ve been attempting to write that story to hopefully land my first agent. I am on my fourth manuscript. My first three attempts were in the YA genre, and this current WIP is a middle grade manuscript. I generally write fantasy, and my characters are always queer. I do have some ideas in the works for adult as well.
While working on my writing career, I have been teaching for the last 11 years. I am back at the high school level now, but the majority of my teaching has been middle school English.
In my next installment, I’ll talk more about why I’ve chosen to focus on queer kidlit.