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A Bit About Moi

If you're reading this post, then it's likely you've found yourself curious about me. Call me a nerd (why, thank you), but that's pretty exciting! Unless, of course, you're just trying to find my e-mail address to send me hate mail or lottery scams. In which case, I won't prolong the inevitable: agentspotlight(at)gmail(dot)com. Love mail is much more appreciated. Pls. thx.

Moving on.

As my Blogger profile states, I'm an aspiring author, reader for a literary agent, mother of two, sometime struggler of doubt, and a definite lover of coffee.

If that isn't enough to satisfy, here are some specifics:

Location: I was born in California, grew up in California, I'm still in California (on the Central Coast), and I'm hoping I won't always be in California. But enough about California already, right?

Family: I'm married to a wonderful man, Jesse, who is very supportive of my writing. We have two awesome children together, a daughter, Berlin, who turned three in September, and a son, Dresden, who turns one in January.

Work: I'm a self-employed, work-at-home medical transcriptionist. I don't make much money doing this, seeing as children aren't exactly conducive to free time, let alone quiet free time. The good news? If ever I become published, as hoped, I'm already set to quit my job and become a self-employed, work-at-home, don't-make-much-money writer instead.

Writing: I've been writing since my single-digit days. The first story I can actually recall writing was called The Wondrous Life of Charlie the Ant (wondrous spelled as wundrus) about the life of, you guessed it, an ant. Writing tangents and angsty teen poetry followed. Then...

In 2004, I wrote my first novel. Said novel was a 152k cliche-filled, chosen-one type fantasy. Yes, one of those. By the time I finished, I was fortunate enough to know it was complete and total crap. Fortunate because I never tried to query it. I played around with other various novels and projects after The Beast, but it wasn't until January 2008 that I became serious about becoming a published novelist. Since then, I've been writing YA and learning everything I possibly can about the publishing business. Maybe one of these days I'll write something worth your while.

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10 comments:

  1. Good stuff here. Love your voice. Best with that WIP!

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  2. The weird thing is that I also became serious about getting published in January 2008, and I'm writing YA and learning about publishing, AND before that I had my own cliche-chosen-one fantasy.
    Anyway, this place looks like a lot of fun!

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  3. Casey,
    Got here via a shout-out on Janet Reid's site... very happy I came. I've see your avatar before, just never visited.

    Love your site, will be back often - have you on my favorites. Great agent info, BTW!

    Come visit me, if ya want. (I've let my blog slide, am betwixt and between about it).

    http://robertwahl.blogspot.com/
    http://www.jacketflat.com/profile.asp?member=PYXX

    Good on ya,

    Haste yee back ;-)

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  4. Thanks so much Angie!

    Sounds like our journeys parallel, Kate. How neat! Hopefully we'll see each other published 'round the same time, too!

    Hello, Haste Yee Back! I've seen you around in the comments as well. I've always loved your little tag lines. And yes, I'll definitely check out your blog!

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  5. My first novel was also a fantastical monstrocity, except mine was 175K words! Yikes!

    My mum loved it though...

    Love your blog, you make feel like I should put more effort into mine.

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  6. Heh, everyone commenting about how they wrote their own cliche ridden fantasy novels. Kind of feeling nervous now, seeing how I just finished mine and I'm actually looking to get it published =P

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  7. I love your blog. Thanks for the agent interviews. I found your site when I went searching for a little info about a particular agent I hope to query. Now, you're on my blog list.

    Your blog is very attractive. I should have known that you were a java junkie from the extra-bold dark-roast color. I'll be back, so keep the coffee pot on. Shall I bring the biscotti?

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