Princess Breeze by Beverly Stowe McClure Middle Grade-*The Writing Life: Up’s & Down’s of Writing*
For months, Breeze Brannigan has heard nothing from Cam, the prince she met at school and who disappeared one night, without telling her goodbye. On the night, she graduates from middle school, however, he contacts her and invites her to visit Isla del Fuego, his home. Who could refuse such an invitation?
Breeze along with her whole family and best friends, Amy and Allison, soon sail to the island, where she and Cam renew their friendship. But danger lurks; a legend comes to life; and Breeze finds herself in the middle of a battle that can have one winner.
JUST BREEZE is available on Amazon.
Princess Breeze by Beverly Stowe McClure
UPS, DOWNS, AND THE PERKS OF THE WRITING LIFE AND WHY I DO IT
BEVERLY STOWE McCLURE
This is a great subject, Juneta, because most everyone, if not all, in the business experience the highs and lows, and perhaps wonder why they do it.
First, let’s look at the UPS. For me, the UPS are when I get a contract for the story I’ve written, rewritten, and rewritten for months and even years, so many times that I’ve lost count. Then, when that story is published, and I hold the book in my sweaty little hands, the tears I shed through rough draft, revisions, edits, edits, edits, and at last publication are forgotten.
And, when a kind reader writes the first review for the book, and it’s a really good one, I’m floating on the stars. Also, when readers buy the story and tell me how much they enjoyed it, I’ve achieved my goal. I am an author.
Next are the DOWNS. I’ve had a few. A “no thank” you from a publisher I’ve sent my manuscript to is disappointing. I, of course, think the story is perfect. I do appreciate a publisher that explains why they aren’t interested in the manuscript, what specific problems they find in the story.
It’s also disappointing when my novels do not sell. When I get my royalty statement, and it might buy a loaf of bread, I silently thank the two people who bought it and decide I’d better get busy with more promotion.
And aw, the PERKS OF THE WRITING LIFE. This is an easy one. Authors are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I’ve made many new friends, mostly over the Internet. The writers I know are quick to help with any problem I have when I need a critique, or advice, or a friendly ear to listen to my complaints. They even read my books.
Last of all, but not the least, WHY I DO IT. Years ago, I never dreamed I’d one day be a writer. I wasn’t even crazy about reading. So, why did I become a teacher and then a writer? That’s a long story I’ll tell you someday. But now, I write stories for children and teens because I love them and I want to reach out and show them, in my own simple way, that whatever they’re facing in their lives they can overcome. No, I’m not trying to teach them or preach to them, but to show them they are not alone, and there is help to get them through those young years.
Thank you for listening to me ramble. You’re the best.
that you can follow. Today author Beverly Stowe McClure stops by as part of her PRINCESS BREEZE Blog Tour through MC Book Tours.
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