Your Questions Answered
Could you make a book on a girl who’s parents get separated?? Because I think other people should know about what it feels like. I love your Alice books.
I did. In the Alice series, Pamela’s parents separate, and a number of the books deal partly with Pamela’s feelings about it. Alice on Board is a good example. I also wrote a book, The Solomon System, about two brothers whose parents are separating, the anger and sorrow the brothers feel, and how they deal with it. I’m so happy you like the Alice books
Hi! My elementary students, staff, and families are loving Marty and Shiloh as we share the text through One Book One School. Any chance we could FaceTime with you? Thanks for even considering my request. Signed, A Hopeful Reading Teacher
I love hearing that your school is using Shiloh for your One-Book-One-School selection. I truly wish I had time to meet all the requests. I do occasionally agree to have a 15 minute Q/A with a class after they have read the book, if your school can set up a speaker phone in your classroom.
I want to become an author just like you and write children’s books when I am older. Would you say this is a great career or does have some pros and cons? 2) Why do you think people gave you so many rejections? I personally would say you wouldn’t deserve any! 3) I LOVE to read! Are there any books you would recommend? 😉 Love, a Shiloh addict
Like all careers, this has pros and cons: it is a very competitive field. When I first began submitting manuscripts, you could send it right to an editor. Now, most publishers insist that manuscripts come to them through an agent. Also, I wrote short stories for church magazines for 15 years before I ever attempted to write a novel, and I learned a great deal this way. Yes, I received over 10,000 rejection slips, but this was a time that I could send out multiple copies of a single story, and because Baptists didn’t read Methodist publications, and Methodists didn’t read Catholic story papers, church editors didn’t mind. So a single story may have received eleven rejections, and nine acceptances. I was able to support myself in this way. So many of my friends are writers, it’s hard to recommend any one book over the others. I loved Katherine Paterson’s the Great Gilly Hopkins. Also Jerry Spinelli’s Wringer. And Gary Paulson’s Hatchet. If you liked Shiloh, make sure you read the other three books in that series. You might also enjoy Faith, Hope and Ivy June; Jade Green; The Boys Start the War, and the 28 books of my Alice series. As to your own writing, write from the heart. Try taking events from your own life that affected you emotionally and use these as starting places. Turn them over to your imagination and see where they take you. And don’t give up!
Whether you’ve just been introduced to Alice or are an old friend, these three new Alice boxed sets are the perfect way to follow along on Alice’s journeys from start to finish and they are available now!
The Alice Collection: Alice In Elementary
Alice has been through it all. Friendships, breakups, love…and we get to experience it all with her. In this, the very first Alice boxed set, you will find the youngest years of Alice’s life, from third, fourth, and fifth grades. Begin the journey here with Starting with Alice, Alice in Blunderland, and Lovingly Alice. For more information or to purchase The Alice Collection: Alice in Elementary boxed set, click here.
The Alice Collection: The Middle School Years
In this boxed set you will find Alice’s ups and downs of from sixth grade through the summer before high school. Continue the journey here with eleven Alice books: The Agony of Alice; Alice in Rapture, Sort Of; Reluctantly Alice; All But Alice; Alice In Between; Alice the Brave; Alice in Lace; Outrageously Alice; Achingly Alice; Alice on the Outside; and The Grooming of Alice. For more information or to purchase The Alice Collection: The Middle School Years boxed set, click here.
The Alice Collection: High School and Beyond
In this boxed set, you will see Alice through high school, into college, and beyond. It includes the Alice bind-ups of her high school years, and the most anticipated finale, where you finally find out who “the one” is. It’s all here, in these books: I Like Him, He Likes Her; It’s Not Like I Planned It This Way; Please Don’t Be True; You and Me and the Space In Between; and Now I’ll Tell You Everything. For more information or to purchase The Alice Collection: High School and Beyond boxed set, click here.