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Meet Christine


Have you ever wondered how a boy can become a frog, how you can recycle an egg carton into a toy, or how you can cook chicken tonight? All this information has been researched and written by Christine M. Irvin, a fellow author and freelance writer.
Christine and I met many years ago through the Ohio Writer’s Guild. We have kept up our friendship and followed each others writing careers. We decided to promote our writings on each others blogs.


I interviewed Christine and read Isaac the Frog (Sprite Press) “Isaac loved frogs. He dreamed of being a frog. He wanted green lumpy skin big google eyes, a long thin tongue and four legs with webbed feet. One morning Isaac hopped out of bed. He bounced down the stairs and jumped on his chair at the table.” From that moment he spends his day acting like a frog. This book is a delightful look at a child’s fantasy and its result.


Her books for recycling milk cartons, paper cups and egg cartons are featured in Craft Mania (Gramercy Press) and chicken recipes in Gourmandia.com. Online she shows two crafts for children to make .A Halloween pumpkin can be made from a milk carton and a pin cushion from a pie pan. Christine is a busy wife and mother writing book reviews and meeting deadlines for the Christian Children’s Book Review website; Book Reporter, Kids Reads and Teen Reads. Currently she has twelve books waiting for her comments. She writes articles for service guides for Malachi Marketing for Carroll County, Ohio and the Amish and has written web copy articles for business promotions. With her daughter Natalie she has Pinterest and Etsy online business websites to showcase items and sell handmade jewelry.

Christine is currently involved in an online web course called the Picture Book Academy where she is learning the real “nuts and bolts” of picture book writing. She is also joined another online group, the 12 x 12, where members are encouraged to write a picture book draft each month for a year and have it critiqued by an agent. Through both, she has become immersed in the children’s book writing community, interacting with both published and non-published writers.
Christine recently participated in PitchMAS. PitchMAS was an open invitation for writers to submit 35-word "pitches" of their stories. If their pitch was chosen, it was posted on the PitchMAS website for two days in order to give agents and editors a chance to peruse them. Christine sent in four different "pitches." One of hers was amongst the 56 chosen as finalists. Several agents and editors visited the website during that two-day period; one agent asked to see the story Christine had pitched. She sent the manuscript to them and is now working with that agent for possible representation.

This author is a happy, talented writer. I encourage you to follow her website and check out her interesting blogs and many publications.

Her website is: christinemirvin.blogspot.com

On the Move

Presenting WHILE has taken me many places. I am following advice to "go anywhere to get the book out there".

This spring, I read excerpts from WHILE in Zanesville, Ohio at a scheduled reading at the library and met authors from the area and heard parts of their works.

In Westerville, Ohio I went back to school and spoke to middle school students about being an author for Career Day. As a former teacher, it was good to be back in the classroom and interacting with the students. The best part of the day was when upon leaving, one boy came up and shook my hand!

In partnership with the Columbus Arts Festival( June 7,8,9) and as facilitator of the Ohio Writer's Guild, I became a member of the organizing committee. For the first time authors were recognized as artists. They registered online and auditioned in person. Those chosen read parts of their works at the festival. We had a variety of readings and were well received. Several asked if we would have author readings again next year.

This summer my co-author and I will be speaking at the Worthington retirement center in Columbus. The audience there should be those who can identify with the times written about in WHILE

A Story to Tell

WHILE is our story. What is yours?

Appearing recently at the Y Writers Readings in Zanesville I generated some interest in our story.

A DRAWING is set up for WHILE's birthday in May. Enter on website while-born-during-wwii.com

WHILE is a great Mother's Day present for mothers who heard about WWII or grandmothers who may have lived it.
Memorial Day next month is a great time to remember the war with WHILE.
We need to keep alive the efforts of the Greatest Generation.
As a child of this generation, I have a story to tell, one that has interested many who identify with it.

Do you have a story to tell? WRITE IT!

What are you reading?

What are you reading now and why?
I am reading Ken Follett's second of The Century Trilogy. The first, Fall of Giants, took five families leading up to and through the First World War.
This second, Winter of the World takes the same families, an American, German, Russian, English and Welsh, up to and through the Second World War.
I love learning history through its people and dialogue. I know of some of the events and learn others through the characters' involvement. Both books are tomes and well worth reading every page.
What are you reading?

Finally



Authors will be recognized as artists at the Columbus Arts Festival this summer. Poetry has always been presented.
I have been named to the Columbus Arts Festival committee to establish procedures for authors to read works at the SPOKEN WORD stage. I am learning the process and hope to have a sucessful opportunity for authors to present their works.

I am hearing from you about WHILE. Several college friends wrote after our reunion. " I liked getting to know you better." and "Will continue to share your book with others." and "Our lives were so much the same." This person outlined where our lives parralled. All commented on Hilde's sad life.

WHILE continues to be mentioned wherever I go, by me and others. Talking to others seems to be my best method of selling.
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