INTRODUCING New Monday Muse - Robin Fitzsimmons Meng
It is my wonderful pleasure to introduce you to our first NEW MUSE, Robin Fitzsimmons Meng. I met her many years ago (we were very young) at the Vassar Children's Publishing Institute and her middle grade manuscript completely captivated me. Life took us in different directions, but it's been so much fun to reconnect with Robin and her writing. I know you will love getting to know her and will welcome her warmly to the YAMuses blog. - Donna
Hi, everyone! I’m Robin Meng and I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in this wonderful blog with the incredible writers who bring it to life each week. When Donna Cooner approached me about lending my voice to this community, I felt like I was floating on air. So my deepest thanks to Donna, Veronica, Brett, Talia and Katherine and the universe for opening this exciting space and inviting me in. Greetings, too, to Jodi Kendall, Beth Hull, Aaron Bergh, Kristen Held and Lia Keyes who join with me as newbies.I am the zany stepmom to three fantastic adults who make my life joyous. I live in a 130- year- old house on a hill overlooking the Hudson River, just about 30 minutes north of New York City. My husband is a superb cook and the best person to have with you in a crisis of any size. His advice is always, “Where’s your sense of humor?” I am crazy about animals, live with three cats and as luck would have it, I’m Development Manager for the SPCA of Westchester, a job that allows me to combine my passion for writing and animal welfare.
|I've always loved animals. |
Here I am with my first dog, Mindy, or as I refer to the photo:
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Beagle
I dropped off the path of pursuing publication only to pick it up again thanks to Donna Cooner, who told me, “a writer doesn’t stop writing.” I met Donna at a week-long writing workshop at Vassar College. Besides the invaluable information I gleaned from the experience, there was nothing to compare with the friendships forged and the sense of community. Writing is such a solitary activity in a world that craves instant social connection. Having friends who are also writers is invaluable. Having a writing community of which you are a part can make the journey easier. It can soothe the fears that you are going crazy, or you’ll never be good enough, or you’ll never have an original idea, let alone publish your book one day. I am thrilled to climb on board this blog to share and learn from its creators and readers. So I end this entry with the same sentiment I expressed when I started it: I am Robin Meng, and I am so grateful.
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