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Once Upon a Time

By Peg Finley

            Like many fairy tales, this one begins with once upon a time in a small town hospital in Michigan a tiny girl was born named Peggy Susan. From her first words, it was apparent that she wanted to tell imaginative stories. She had a very special storytelling gift that she was determined to share with her family and friends.

Peggy Sue, as she was nicknamed, told of copperhead snakes with glowing beady eyes that slithered into the rustic fireplace in her West Virginia home. She told of grey slimy creatures that appeared out of nowhere to drape themselves down her walls after dark. She told of an invisible horse that whisk her away and helped her escape when things got too hectic in her life. She told her sisters and brothers, her mom and dad,  and even people she saw on the road.

            If others were too busy to listen, she told the stories to her dog and other pets. Once, she told her dog, Towser, “Somehow… someday, they are going to pay to read my stories.”

            So it wasn’t a surprise to her family and friends that this little girl eventually became a writer of children’s stories. Though her path to becoming a writer was a long one, she dreamed of the day that her dream would come true.

Late in her life, in her 50’s to be exact, she made the decision to pursue a writing career. After four years of perfecting her craft, she has been steadily building a writing resume that reflect her persistent love of telling stories that entertain kids of all ages.

            Her motto has become: Dare to dream. Live the Dream. Writer Write on. Now that she is living that dream, like in many fairy tales, she’s living happily ever after.

2 Responses to "More about Peg Finley/peg366"

Hi Peg,
Just checked out your site and decided I know a woman who might like to know about it. Her father has talked her into taking classes on writing children’s books.
I was going to check you as a friend on Facebook but too many Peg Finleys came up so didn’t know which one to try.
It was nice meeting you at the Civil War Days in Belle Plaine. That was really a successful book sale for me and I’m ready to go again next year.
Fay

Fay,

It was really nice to hear from you. I enjoyed meeting you as well as Belle Plaine. I found the lady I was looking for and got the information I needed, so Civil War Days were even more fun than last year. I’ll go back again.

Glad that you could check out the blog. By all means send your friend this way. I love encouraging potential new writers to get started on their journey. I like being able to pay back all those who have kept me writing when I got discouraged.

On Facebook, I have on a black shirt with red sleeves. My profile reads an aspiring picture book writer. That should help.

Peg Finley/peg366

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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.

Catergories:

C= Children

MG= Mid Grade

T= Teen

YA= Young Adult

A= Adult

Names:

Bonnie Adamson *

Kathi Appelt *

Tedd Arnold

Avi

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:

http://www.institutechildrenslit.net/

http://www.cbiclubhouse.com/

http://www.scbwi.org/

http://www.underdown.org/

http://www.verlakay.com/

http://www.cynthialeitichsmith.com

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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