#Revpit Bio

Hi. Welcome to my bio for #revpit, a great opportunity for writers to be chosen to work with a professional editor on their as of yet unpublished novel. You can find out more about it here   Check out the bios of other authors here:

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My novel is YA Magic Realism entitled, ONCE ON THE RIVER.

Most of my writing is set in the fictional town of Two Rivers, Illinois, and explores what I call, survival spirit; that the human spirit is unbreakable and possesses an unlimited ability to rise above and overcome anything. This novel set during The Great Depression was inspired by this famous Dorthea Lange photograph, Migrant Mother, taken in Nipomo, California in 1936  at a camp for seasonal agricultural workers 175 miles north of Los Angeles. The lady’s name is Florence Owens Thompson.

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I remember seeing it first as a young child and being haunted by it. Her beautiful face, the worry and strength in her eyes, her children huddling around her. I never forgot her.

As an adult I listened to the stories of my own family who grow up at that time; how they passed down shared shoes until someone’s toes were sticking out, how they felt lucky to be warm and full at night.

Ruby Ash, the MC of my novel starts out at a scary place; she and her mom have just escaped her violent dad in the middle of the night. Where will they go? What will they do? And things don’t improve for Ruby, either. In the middle of the book, she falls into the Underworld, and finds a mirror image of her own world and must face her monsters in order to survive and find her way home.

While writing this book, I stared at this beautiful painting quite often,  – The Return of Persephone (1891) by Frederic Leighton

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The expression of Demeter’s face, the look in Persephone’s eyes and her outstretched fingers pierce my heart.

I also listened to these two songs a lot:

“Mother,” by Tori Amos

and

“Praying,” by Kesha

Some recent faves:

 

Thank you for reading my bio and good luck to everyone entering!!!

 

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Check out my guest post on the All the Way Ya Blog! Thanks for reading

As querying writers, we face rejection almost daily. It can be difficult to stay positive waiting for that one yes! in an ocean of no’s. Here are some self-care tips and positive thinking strategies that have helped to keep me on the sunny side: Remember our journeys are our own. It does no good to […]

via Self-Care Tips for Querying Writers — All The Way YA

Loved This Book!

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Helena lives in the beautiful and vast wilderness of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with her parents, in a cabin with no electricity, heat, or water. All she has to read are old copies of National Geographic . She is 12 years old when she first sees another human being.

Over time, she learns that her mother was kidnapped as a young girl and has been a prisoner of her father all this time. While he is often violent, and cruel, Helena still loves her father.  One day she and her mother have a chance for escape.

This is a great book! It is expertly written and a serious page turner, I read it in one day. Karen Dionne skillfully describes the isolating loneliness Helena feels, how she is often town between her parents and how she longs for the outside world once she has a tiny taste of freedom.  Read this book!

 

Falloween!!

I loved this book as a kid, and I recently purchased a copy to own so I could reread whenever I wanted. It scared the patootie out of me back then! I loved scary books and movies more than anything.

It’s everything in a scary book that you can hope for; a haunted house, a love story, ghosts, creepy dead relatives, creepy living relatives, fancy gardens to take a turn in, pillowy, dusty velvet drapes that fall from floor to ceiling, doesn’t that sound great!  I hope you will give it a try and let me know what you think.

Halloween is my favorite time of year and I’m so looking forward to the

new great scary movies opening soon:

Stephen King has always been my #1, and this book is really scary!!! I can’t wait to see this  new movie. The clown already gives me nightmares…

This movie looks really great too! What is more scary? The evil of people or supernatural evil? Or both at the same time? I have a feeling this movie explores the latter and I can’t wait to watch.

Also, because I’m a simple girl I can’t wait to have my first #psl of the year…

And purchase new candles and body products from Bath and Body in the new Fall scents:

and bake my first loaf of pumpkin bread of the season ( yes with chocolate chips!)

and eat my first bowl of chicken noodle soup!

And cuddle up with a soft blankie, safe from the windy chilly air outside.

What do you love best about Fall?

 

 

June 8 Is World Ocean Day!

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Learn more about our earth’s oceans here   Take a stand and help oceans by reducing your use of plastic.   Use cloth shopping bags, drink from a reusable water bottle, and no more straws! It’s that simple.

Visit Project Aware and see how they work to protect our oceans.

Become aware of the effect that climate change has on our oceans.

Learn about ocean acidification and its debilitating effects on coral reefs.

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Paris Agreement

nevers-etree-construction.jpg.662x0_q70_crop-scaleThis is a photo of the first ever solar tree! It is located in the city of Nevers, in central France, that is currently experiencing a heat wave, along with the rest of Europe. This tree has in interactive LCD built into its trunk and offers docking stations to charge devices, free wifi, and powers a water cooler that delivers water for pets.

At night the leaves light up and illuminate the street. All with solar energy.

France is awesome and has always been a leader in pioneering green technology. It’s also where the Paris Agreement  was signed.

The Paris Agreement is a historic treaty signed by representatives of 195 countries, beginning in 2015,  that pledged to work together to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gasses and use of fossil fuels.

They vowed to support progressive thinking and funding for ways to discover, create, and adapt sustainable energy sources like, wind, hydro, and this tree, an example of solar power.

Today is another dark day for the US, as our president decided to pull US support for this climate deal, another rash act to further isolate and alienate our country.

Despite support for the agreement from members of his own party including those in the fossil fuel industry, the president perpetuates the ignorant belief that climate change is a hoax.

98% of the world’s scientists believe that human activity since the Industrial Revolution has contributed to the accelerated rate our planet is warming.

The evidence is irrefutable to anyone with a grade school science education.

If you haven’t made up your own mind about climate change, Katharine Hayhoe has a very informative website where you can learn lots of valuable information including how we can all work together to save our planet.

But first we have to believe a problem exists.

climate_street_art_1 Politicians Debating Global Warming, Issac Cordal

Please remember this for the next election and contact your representatives to voice your belief that the only way for our planet to survive is to adapt renewable green energy.