A young teen is sent to visit her Canadian relatives who have a wonderful dog, but disappearing artifacts and a spiteful cousin threaten to ruin her hopes for the future. She can’t help wondering: does God care?
Targeted Age Group: Ages 10 and up
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Writing for children is demanding, not only because of age-level limitations, but also because of the need to balance a story between the child’s desire for excitement and the parent’s hope that they will be reading something with intrinsic value. It’s a challenge to write for middle-graders, but definitely satisfying.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Read—widely and deeply. Read in genres you enjoy; re-read books you admire; try to read well-known works that don’t immediately appeal to you.
Study your craft. Take writing courses, whether in person, online, or from books. Follow good writing blogs. Try to use what you’re learning to analyze the books you’re reading.
Write—every day, no matter the subject. Setting up a schedule for studying and writing will yield encouraging results.
Don’t ever give up! Follow your dream and work to make it come true.
Adventure, mystery, and wild creatures all play a part in Gloria Repp’s many books for children. She grew up in the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific Northwest, and it was there she learned a love for wilderness that pervades her stories. Over the years, her experiences gained from raising three children, teaching school, and editing have made useful contributions to her work.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve always enjoy reading mysteries, and I remember with fondness and clarity the summers I spent on a beautiful island near Vancouver, BC. As I thought about the intricate carvings done by Pacific Northwest Indians, I couldn’t resist dreaming up a mystery for a troubled young teen named Julie.