I’m the author of two middle grade novels in verse–Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles, a starred selection in the CCBC’s Best Books for Kids and Teens, and Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess, a 2017 Junior Library Guild selection. My publishing history also includes poems, short stories, and a young adult novel (Following Chelsea). I’m an active member of a critique group and a blogger at Middle Grade Minded. And hey! I was a Pitch Wars mentee in 2014–Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles was my PW manuscript.
In my non-writing life, I work as a Practical Nurse on a surgical ward. I’m married, with four grown kids. I spend my spare time reading, walking on the beach, playing piano and acoustic guitar (or my conga drum, when the spirit moves 😉 ), watching hockey, and baking cookies. I’m a Potterhead (Hufflepuff!) and a Whovian. I frequently quote random movie lines at odd times. I’m fascinated by marine critters of all kinds, but the animal that truly has my heart is my sweet old Brittany Spaniel, Mac.
What am I hoping to find in my PW inbox? Basically, I want hits-you-in-the-heart middle grade…
No, I’m not on the hunt for super-sad stories. Ugh. But heart-breaking is fine, as long as you put my heart back together by the end of the manuscript. Think poignant and heart-felt. I want all the feels!
Rainbows and boiling tears aside, I also love quirkiness and magical realism. Here’s my official wishlist:
- contemporary realistic stories with heart
- magical realism (a hint of magic in an otherwise realistic world)
- contemporary or historical verse novels
- graphic novels, if they check some of the other boxes on my wishlist (please note, I can only offer mentoring story-wise, not art-wise)
Within those genres/formats, here are some things I’d love to see:
- richly imagined settings (beach/ocean settings, PNW, and far-north settings will especially catch my eye)
- lyrical writing
- quirky but believable characters
- characters who are differently-abled or who live with chronic illness (especially #ownvoices stories)
- sibling stories
- stories that feel hopeful in the end, even if there’s no real happily ever after
- stories with a faith/religion element, especially if it’s not the main thing
- stories that might be a good fit for fans of Kate DiCamillo or Katherine Applegate
I’m not the right match for:
- creepy stories or horror
- “bathroom humor”
- crushes & first love as the main story-line (but as a subplot, okay)
- science fiction & fantasy (except magical realism)
My favorite middle grade novels include:
- Because of Winn Dixie and Raymie Nightingale, by Kate DiCamillo
- Crenshaw and The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate
- Rules for Stealing Stars, by Corey Ann Haydu
- Hour of the Bees, by Lindsay Eagar
- A Handful of Stars, by Cynthia Lord
- Forget Me Not, by Ellie Terry
- Full Cicada Moon, by Marilyn Hilton
- Inside Out and Back Again, by Thanhha Lai
- House Arrest, by K.A. Holt
Still not sure if we might be a good match? Feel free to ask me questions on twitter (@sharigreen). You can also ask via a comment on this post, but I’ll probably respond more quickly on twitter.
I’m excited to see what lands in my PW inbox!