Miranda Paul: Will Write for Cookies

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MIRANDA PAUL

 

I met today’s Will Write for Cookies author a couple of years ago when I first discovered this incredible kid lit community. Friends told me about a website called RateYourStory that was run by a writer named Miranda Paul, where you could get a manuscript looked at by professionals – for free! I went, I saw, I fell in love…with the site, the service and Miranda herself. A passionate advocate for literacy and leader in the movement to encourage diversity in books, Miranda is a doer, not just a dreamer. She’s published more than 50 short stories for magazines and digital markets, and is the author of One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia, and Water is Water. Both were named Junior Library Guild selections. She is kind and generous and loving and a super smart mentor!

I’m so happy to have her here to share her thoughts with us.

Welcome, Miranda!

ME: Who were your favorite authors/illustrators when you were a child?

 

Miranda:

Shel Silverstein, Lois Lowry, and Roald Dahl. But seeing as how I never grew up, I think my current favorites also apply to this question. There are too many to name, but Jacqueline Woodson, Kevin Henkes, Kat Yeh, and Kadir Nelson come to mind. Or maybe those are just the ones that have “k” sounds in their names…

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ME: What do you know now that you wish you had known when you first started writing for children? Continue reading

#PPBF: One Plastic Bag & Water is Water

Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday. And I have not one, but TWO picture books to review for you. They are both new picture books by one of my favorite kidlit people, Miranda Paul. And guess what? If you come back tomorrow, Miranda Paul will be in the Will Write for Cookies spotlight.

Many of the contributors for Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday link up are taking a short summer hiatus…but here is the link to her awesome resource section that includes over 1000 picture book reviews: http://susannahill.blogspot.com/p/perfect-picture-books.html

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One Plastic Bag

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Summer Fun with WOW, Words and Wonderful People

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I just got back from WOW — a Week of Writing retreat at a lovely lodge in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia.

  • An unbelievably intimate gathering of writers and mentors – editors, agents and authors who shared their expertise and time so generously. Thank you to Emily Feinberg, Ariel Richardson, Laura Whitaker, Heather Alexander, Jill Corcoran, Sally Apoketak, Kendra Marcus, Minju Chang, Jodell Sadler, Linda Skeers, Dianna Aston, Denise Fleming, Candace Fleming…my cup runneth over.
  • A life-changing opportunity to get feedback on manuscripts from people who know what they are talking about.
  • A chance to hug Facebook friends and critique partners who are part of this incredible kid lit community.
  • And no cooking or cleaning for a week!!!!!!!!!!

Kudos and thanks to Kristen Fulton who put this all together…and to her posse…Rusty Fulton, Jackie Wellington and many more quiet angels who made sure all went smoothly.

On the plane ride to Atlanta, my heart went out to several parents whose fussy little ones had trouble calming down. Traveling isn’t easy for anyone…but it is especially difficult when you have young children. For a couple of great tips on traveling with toddlers…and for some fun word games to play when you keep hearing, “Are we there yet?”, please hop over to Darlene Beck-Jacobson’s blog where I am guest-posting:

https://darlenebeckjacobson.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/traveling-with-toddlers-tips-tools-and-tactics-to-keep-them-smiling-and-keep-you-sane-by-vivian-kirkfield/

Also, today is the first day of KidLit Summer School…don’t miss out: http://nerdychickswrite.com/registration-2/

Hope everyone’s summer is going well! I’d like to put together a list of great places for families…if you and your kids have a favorite local spot, do tell.