About the Author

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I am a recent graduate of the University of Connecticut. My plan of study was in Political Science. But, like most college students, I don’t know what the hell I was thinking. I was able to minor in English once I was done with PoliSci and I became passionate for it. Actually, I’ve always loved to write and tell stories. I just didn’t realize through the constant thesis papers I was forced to construct analyzing topics anywhere from the Congressional Influence on the Affordable Health Care Act of 2010 to the Evolution of Political Factions from Madison’s Federalist #10 to Government Shutdown in 2013. I know what you’re thinking. With six to twenty page papers like that, why would you forget you love to write? Yea well, all I have to say to you is at least they were double spaced.

I wasn’t reminded how much I love to write until I took a creative writing class my last semester of college. People are often surprised when I tell them my professor’s main focus for us was writing to be published. Often in creative writing classes, you typically do prompts and exercises which are often short stories or short scenes. In this class, we wrote books. Full stories. We started with Board Books (Not my speciality), then Fiction Picture Books, then Nonfiction Picture Books, and lastly NOVELS!! AHHHH! By the time I finished this class, I had two strong Picture Book Manuscripts and an entire outline, as well as three complete chapters, of a novel. She also taught us how to write a query letter for an agent and/or publisher.

And so, with my diploma in Political Science, I am now pursuing a writing career. I have yet to submit any of my work to an agent or publisher. I need some polishing and more writing before I feel confident enough to do that. And that is where this blog comes in. I plan to submit at least one new writing post each week. Through this, I hope to strengthen my writing and possibly even viewership (fingers crossed).

The story I have decided to tell is “Postmarked”, which is a collection of stories told through different perspectives of nine people who all begin at the Brunswick, Maine Post Office on September 22nd, 2013. Each character will offer very different and original tales, which will all move at various paces and go to various places. And each story will be told in parts. Each Monday, I add a new part of a new character’s story.

“Postmarked” begins with Eleanor’s Story, which can be found here:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/postmarked-eleanors-story/

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8 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. I’m so happy for you! It feels great to finally take the plunge and pursue creative writing. I was a premed student during undergrad and got a degree in Biology and Spanish. Halfway through my program I changed my major to English and then changed it back to Biology out of fear that I’d never get a job after graduation! Then I ran off to Korea for a year to feed my language-learning obsession, returned to get a linguistics degree, and now I’m finally returning to my first love–writing. A part of me is so excited, but I’m also intimidated by how little I’ve worked on my writing since college. I read some of my old work today and I was impressed–and worried because my writing has actually deteriorated! I’m trying not to be too hard on myself because like you, all I’ve written for the past few years are research papers.

    Anyways, I’m really happy for you and I look forward to following your progress! 🙂

    • Major changes! They’re fun aren’t they? Haha. I started as a (get ready for this) Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies Major with a focus in Greek Language. Then I changed to an Undeclared Major, then an Art Major, then a Political Science Major, then a Poli Sci and Journalism Double Major, then back to just Poli Sci only, then I added two Minors in English and Public Policy. If I could go back, I would have started with English to begin with, but I guess I’ll live.

      But anywho, thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts! It’s nice to hear a similar story. I hope all fares well with your writing journey! I look forward to following you as well! Loved your post Creating Creativity (Especially the title – very cool!) 🙂

  2. AWESOME!!!!! So happy for you! I hope your visit to Crete had some of an impact on you and your heart! Good Luck and I hope one day to see your face everyewhere even here in our island!

  3. What a great creative writing class you had! I’ll bet you wished you took it in year one. I always wanted to write and teach so that is what I studied, but I have a daughter who is in grad school right now and has changed or at least tweeked her course of study a few times over the past few years so I get how the system goes. Thanks for checking out my blog. I started it to “build a platform” so I could be an expert on online dating because my book is about my husband and I meeting online. I changed the book 4 times based on suggestions from experts in the industry and finally ended up where I started. Ha Ha. Sounds a little like your schooling. I’ve learned a lot along the way. I still have a lot to learn as I sit now and proof (ie. edit again) my book. I’ve chosen self-publishing this time because after four years it’s time to be done and move on to finish my next WIP. My best advice would be to persevere and be teachable. Learn all you can about the craft of writing and keep writing a lot. Your blog idea is a good one to push you to keep writing. I wish you well in your endeavors. I look forward to tracking your progress 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Laura. “Building a platform”, I’ve definitely heard that one. And thank you for the advice! I’ll remember that! I’m happy for you that you finally have a published book after all that (I love the cover on it by the way). I hope that all goes well for you with this book and future books. I look forward to following you as well!

  4. Sounds very intriguing! I agree that writing a novel in one voice can get a little…boring inside one’s own head. Looking forward to following these tales. (I’m a writer from Maine, though living on the western side of I-95 so I don’t get to Brunswick very often;) How did you happen to chose Brunswick?

    • Hello Shelley! I actually just traveled to the Brunswick/Freeport area with my boyfriend not too long ago and started writing the story while I was there, so I thought “Why not?”. Beautiful area up there! Thanks for following my page and for the comment!

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