September 30, 2011

Writers Feature 2

I'm introducing you to the members of my group of writers in the Platform-Building Campaign. Each Friday throughout the remainder of the campaign, I'll be featuring several writers from the nonfiction group. I hope you'll take the opportunity to get to know them:

Just a small town writer (with big dreams!), living in a rural community just outside of Brenham, Texas. My loves (in no certain order): reading, writing, teaching yoga, my family, my dog, drinking coffee & hot tea, gardening, and watching General Hospital on my DVR when no one is home.

I enjoy writing articles about gardening and nature for Texas-based newsletters and magazines, children's picture books, middle grade chapter books, YA novels, and adult soft-boiled mysteries. Even though I'm a mother of two teenage girls, I have a soft spot for quirky books for boys, featuring boy characters.

Over the years, I've written countless, unfinished books. I have a plethora of starts on the computer. I'll certainly never run out of ideas!

My first book, believe it or not, was finally completed two years ago. Queries have went out and rejections have came in. It's a standard for us writers. I consider my first book as a stepping stone--experience--a beginning. My writing journey has only begun...

I have always been a writer. Even when years went by and I didn’t write a single word for myself, I was a writer. Eventually, that writer got restless and demanded her days in the sun.

That is why, in December 2010, I left a long-standing, well-paying, flexible job in which I had built up substantial knowledge and goodwill in order to pursue a career in writing. I write primarily children’s picture books. I also write personal essays and travel pieces, many of which become blog posts.

I do blog about the craft of writing, publication, and my own writing process, but I consider myself more of a “life” blogger. Like many others, I work every day on living the most fulfilling, creative and loving life I can, and I love that the blog helps me meet like-minded people walking the same path.

I am a recent graduate of Bryn Mawr College, with an oh-so-practical independent major in Linguistics, Language and Writing. I'm also a member of SCBWI and an alumna of the University of Pittsburgh Young Writers Institute. 

Miraculously, thanks to a summer editorial internship, I acquired a day-job as a science books marketer at a very awesome non-fiction publishing house (by the way, if you happen to have any manuscripts for graduate-level forensic science texts lying around, I can hook you up, baby). 

There I absorb all sorts of useful marketing info - sure, marketing non-fiction is easier than marketing fiction, but you'd be surprised how many tips are transferable between the two. After the day job ends, I go home and pursue my real dream career: young adult author. 

I've completed 4 novels, two of which will never see the light of day and one of which I queried a few places, got pretty positive responses, but decided to shelve for the moment. That is because I am super-pumped about the prospects of book number 4. Project number 5, a memoir, is simmering on the back-burner, soon to be brought to the forefront once I start querying project 4.

During my career I have written news articles, features, speeches, website content, scripts, annual reports, conference programmes and numerous communication plans.

As well as regular ghost-writing and guest-blog posts, I have also published a number of non-fiction pieces – most recently in my local community newspaper and inWriting magazine.

Having just completed a creative writing course, I have a portfolio of short stories and poetry that I am currently submitting for publication and I have just signed up for a further course on screenwriting.

Myne Whitman
Myne Whitman is my pen name. I was born and raised in Enugu, Nigeria, where I spent most of my time, studying, reading and daydreaming or climbing trees and playing with the boys. I have a Master's degree in Public Health Research but have chosen my childhood dream of spinning stories. I write and blog full-time, and also volunteer as an ESL tutor for a local charity. I critique with the Seattle Eastside Writers Meet-up and I'm also a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.

In addition to writing popular fiction to get people reading, I am passionate about using the internet and social media to promote the book industry and literacy levels in Nigeria. To this end, I facilitated a session, "Social Media and the Book Publishing Industry", for the Publisher's Forum at the 2010 Garden City Literary Festival, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. I'm also the founder and managing editor of, a critique website for aspiring Nigerian writers.

School Psychologist by day and lover of books by night, I started writing as a way to blend the two. My parenting and advice books for kids delve into the often turbulent world of emotional intensity and giftedness. In addition to writing books related to giftedness, I write contemporary, fantasy, romance, and gothic novels for teens.

I live in Southern California with my husband and daughters. When I'm not helping adolescents deal with the transition to adulthood, or hanging my the pool with my family, I can be found sipping a skinny vanilla latte at my favorite coffee house, writing my next book.

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