Posts Tagged ‘Middle Grade Fiction’

I’ve been given an offer I couldn’t refuse–to join the Project Mayhem Blog–subtitled: The manic minds of middle grade writers. I love that phrase!!

I’m honored to be invited and will be posting over there a couple times a month.

Other Mayhem members include: Hilary Wagner, Jen K. Blom, Dee Garretson, Timothy Power, Dawn Lairamore, Marissa Burt, Rose Cooper, Yahong Chi, Michael Winchell, Caroline Star Rose, and Matthew MacNish.

I’m really thrilled and humbled to be included in such a fantastic mix of writers and bloggers.

Please stop by Project Mayhem and say hello.


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The blog has been a little quiet lately but that doesn’t mean I’ve been sitting around doing nothing.

1.  I had a wonderful two week visit with my family, one of the highlights being a trip to Grand Haven, Michigan to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary. Yes, I took a dip in Lake Michigan.

2.  I ran the Sunburst Marathon in South Bend, Indiana in high humidity and 80 degree plus heat. I’m glad I crossed the finish line before they called the race due to hazardous heat conditions.

3.  While I was in the Midwest, I received some good news: My middle grade novel has been chosen as a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s Annual Contest. Winners will be announced in August at their annual conference.

4.  I accepted a job for the fall semester. I will be teaching English to the ELL (English Language Learners) students at West Valley High School.  It is a ¾ time teaching position and just for the fall semester, kind of perfect for me in terms of keeping my writing going.

5.  I’m going hiking in the Italian Alps in late July/early August.

6.  And, am I working on a new book? You bet I am!!

Interesting. Is that public information?

That’s all the news that fit to tell. What have you been up to lately?

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Terry Lynn Johnson in one of her many elements.

A big congrats to my critique partner Terry Lynn Johnson.

Terry’s debut MG novel Dogsled Dreams came out over the holidays!!

I know from first-hand experience that this is an exciting read that will get under your skin in a good way if you like experiencing adventure through a twelve year-old’s eyes.

A little bit about Dogsled Dreams: Twelve-year-old Rebecca dreams of becoming a famous sled dog racer. She’s an inventive but self-doubting musher who tackles blinding blizzards, wild animal attacks, puppy training, and flying poo missiles. All of her challenges though, seem easier than living up to the dogs’ trust in her abilities. Rebecca runs her huskies along the crisp trails near Thunder Bay, Ontario, where northern lights flare and dangerous beavers lurk. Through the bond she shares with the dogs, Rebecca learns that hard work, dedication and living in the moment bring their own rewards. 

Diane Johnson, the Iditarod Education Director said this about Dogsled Dreams: “Any teacher using Gary Paulsen’s Woodsong would want Terry Johnson’s Dogsled Dreams as a part of their classroom library…Dogsled Dreams is an inspirational read that encourages the reader to set goals and take steps to meet the goals, no matter what the goals may be.”

Visit Terry’s blog or website to read the first chapter of Dogsled Dreams. Or, just purchase the book from Barnes and Noble or Amazon.

And, stay tuned. I’ve seen what Terry’s working on next. And it’s all kinds of  awesome, too!!

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