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On my Writing Journey.

Posted on: October 4, 2009


Written and posted by Peg Finley. October 4, 2009


Each and every writer has their own uniquely fascinating story to tell. For some the journey began at an early age, while for others it began mid-life. Still some waited until their golden years to put pen to paper. As for me, I was a  late bloomer. I had the desire to write but not the discipline I needed.

Though I don’t remember where I heard it but for me I am who I am as a writer because of all the experiences I have had. From being from a poor family, I learned to dream. I developed dreams that could stay in my soul, waiting for the right time to come to fulfillment.

From being a college student, I learned to be open to the opportunities that arrive at one’s doorstep. I try to never pass up an offer to do something that might be a little out of my comfort zone. A trip to an event for the kids often brings material for articles or stories.

From being a waitress, I acquire the skill of memorizing details and/or writing them down. Those skills are one that today make my writing come to life for my  reader. The sights and sounds keep me every challenging myself to do better.

From being a childcare provider comes the pure joy of being in the moment and the anticipation of the payoff of a classic story. The sheer bliss on a child’s face is worth all that it takes to be a writer.

During my years as a social work clerk, I realized that there were truly wonderful people who lived their lives as great example for the rest of us. Their abilities to make one life at a time better inspires me.

Finally, caring for my ill parent through the last two years of her life, I developed courage. No matter what life obstacle  came at her, she found the good in others. She bravely carried on and faced death with amazing bravely. If she can do it, then so can I.


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I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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I love the children's movies Wizard of Oz and the Neverending Story. Both movies make me feel the lesson that hope is alive and well. After seeing UP this past week, it just might have a chance at being added to this list.

I love the cool colors of blues and purples.Those colors are peaceful for me.

I love The Velveteen Rabbit. Even as an adult, I still feel the urge to cry when he becomes real. I know, silly, but a good book can make me laugh and cry as it takes me on a magical journey.

Authors and Illustrators:

Authors, Author/Illustrator, Illustrators that I know and/or Like.


C= Children

MG= Mid Grade

T= Teen

YA= Young Adult

A= Adult


Bonnie Adamson *

Kathi Appelt *

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Natalie Babbit

Molly Bang

Bonnie Becker

Jan and Stan Berenstain

Judy Blume

Tracey M. Cox

Linda Crotta Brennan *

Jan Brett

Janie Bynum *

Eric Carle

Pam Calvert

Nancy Carlson

Beverly Cleary

Kevin Scott Collier

Sharon Creech

Doreen Cronnin

Tomie dePaulo

Kate DiCamillo

Kathleen Duey *

Dotti Enderle

Jan Fields *

Denise Fleming

Mem Fox

Kelley Milner Hall

Amy Heist

Kevin Henkes

Ellen Jackson *

Jeff Kinney

Jackie French Koller

Ursula K. LeGuin

Leo Lionni

Lois Lowry

Mercer Mayer

Robert Munsch

Laura Numeroff

Linda Sue Parks

Dav Pilkey

Patricia Polacco

Peggy Rathmann

Bethany Roberts

David Shannon

Aaron Shepard

Donna J. Shepherd *

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Jerry Spinelli

Diane Stanley

Chris Van Allsburg

Rick Walton *

Lisa Wheeler

Mo Willems

Karma Wilson *

Audrey Woods

Jane Yolen *

Favorite Websites:

Favorite Blogs:

• ShelfTalker: A Children’s Bookseller’s Blog
• Alice’s CWIM Blog
• A Fuse #8 Production
• Cynsations
• Nathan Bransford – Literary Agent
• Editorial Anonymous
• Miss Snark’s First Victim
• Writing for children and teens

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