Write Who You Are

Mary Nethery, a good friend and former fellow-critiquer, just sent me this link to a blurb about her new book in Publishers Weekly.

Author Mary Nethery and purr-fect friend

I was struck by the “rightness” of the scene I saw in the accompanying photo: Mary, sitting there with her book, a cat lounging on the desk in front of her. It’s like this–Mary is an animal lover’s animal lover. Her anecdotes about how different cats have come into her life sound like tall tales, they’re so complex–but they’re true!

Take this one she shares on another writing buddy’s blog: Dashiell A. Nethery was born in Atlanta, Georgia a year and a half ago and raised in a foster care home. He prefers to call it an orphanage—much more dramatic. We found Dash on PetFinders and, with the help of an animal psychic, were able to snatch him away from a previous admirer. We then purchased an airline ticket for him, and my husband drove a 10 hour roundtrip to pick him up in Sacramento, CA since Delta will not fly animals into our airport.

(Read the rest of the interview with Mary here.)

Over the past few years, Mary has found success in a writing niche that fits who she is like a diamond-encrusted kitty collar. She writes fabulous true (and mostly true) tales about animals. Mary is writing what she knows, writing about what she loves, writing from the very essence of who she is, and that has landed her over and over on the pages of Publishers Weekly. When you write from “who you are,” your writing is authentic, original, and irresistible. For Mary Nethery, it has led to “purr-fect” stories.


About kimgriswell

I'm an author, an editor, a writing coach, and a workshop leader. I spend my days asking questions and looking (or listening) for answers, and thinking up ideas for new stories to write for my favorite audience: kids! I guess I'm just about as curious as Rufus Leroy Williams III, the intrepid pink hero of my picture book series from Sterling Publishing, is persistent. Did you know that in 5000 B.C. people blamed 'tooth worms' for their cavities? Neither did I until I developed THE HAUNTED OUTHOUSE for the Bathroom Reader's Institute. Turns out, ancient dentists filled the wormholes with metals like gold or silver. Except the Aztecs. They used a mix of iron, water, and belly-button lint. As you'll discover by reading RUFUS GOES TO SCHOOL, RUFUS GOES TO SEA, and RUFUS BLASTS OFF! I believe that reading opens up worlds for young people. Books did that for me, and I hope my books will do the same for today's kids.
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