In high school, my English teacher stopped me after class one day and asked me if I would like to take her creative writing class. I said, no, I wasn’t interested. Little did I know that one day I would write stories and books for children.
It all started when my children were young and we went to the library every week for stories to read to them. I searched for one particular story that I had read in the fifth grade. I wanted to read it again. I couldn’t remember the title or the author, but I did remember that it was about a girl who went to music camp. I never did find the book, but I had an idea–I would write my own book about a girl who went to music camp. That was my first book. Since then I’ve written several books and short stories and have picked up some useful hints for writing.
My hints for writing:
1. Make your first sentence or two, a “grabber.”
A “grabber” grabs the reader’s attention and peeks his curiosity to read more.
Examples from some of my books and stories:
1. Robin was alone in the practice room at Music Camp. She tingled with excitement as she stared at the jumbled words printed on a scrap of yellow paper she’d discovered in her music folder. — from “Music Camp Mystery.”
2. “Happy Birthday Little Princess.” — from “Japanese Puzzle Box Mystery”
3, “I’m curious. Where does Carlos Cat go every night?” said Rosco Rabbit to Freddy Frog. — from “Backyard Friends A to Z : Carlos Cat”.
4. “Help me! Oh, help me! I’m turning green!” squealed Rosco Rabbit. — from “Backyard Friends A to Z : Rosco Rabbit”.
5. “Shh,” whispered Robin putting her finger to her lips. Do you hear that?” — from “Music Camp Mystery II at Pine Lake”.
6, “I wonder what it would be like to live in a world without any boys to bother us or tease us,” said Ruby unexpectedly. — from “No Boys Mystery”