Today's my birthday.
I'm 27, which my brother-in-law reminds me, is getting pretty darn close to 30. I love him and all, but sometimes I'm not sure why.
Oh, that's right. Because he's a nice guy. (Hands off, ladies. He's taken. And with the sweet talk mentioned above, can't you see why?)
My birthday has become a time that I think about how lucky I am. I was born into a wonderful family, and then had the good fortune of marrying into another wonderful one. (Brother-in-law excluded.)
I'm married to a total fox.
I have two healthy, beautiful kids.
And I have...
...a book series. (And, yes, I also have kind of a weird love for giraffes.)
Over the last couple years, I've had time to wrap my mind around being an author. But every once in awhile, on a day like today, I get stunned all over again. Those are REAL books in that picture. And MY name is on the cover. Somehow - and I'm still pretty fuzzy on all the details - I convinced somebody that they should pay me to write those books.
I started this blog because of how much I love interacting with teens who want to be writers. Because not so long ago (contrary to my brother-in-laws feelings), I was a teen writer. I had no idea what I was doing, yet I somehow ended up here:
And it made me wonder, what if I could help the next generation of teen writers? What if I could impart what little knowledge I have? What if I could keep them from making the mistakes I did?
So today, I'm also grateful for you guys. I'm grateful that I get to hang out with you, and grateful that you put up with my writing rants. Grateful enough that I'd love to mail each and every one of you a set of the Skylar Hoyt books.
Unfortunately, budget only allows for me to send them to one of you. And (please don't hate me!) it needs to be someone in the US or Canada.
Here's how to get entered.
Step 1: If you aren't already one, become a follower.
Step 2: Tell me something you'd like me to talk more about on here. That's the best present you can possibly give me because it helps me plan better, and to more fully know my audience.
Step 3: Leave your e-mail address so I can let you know you won. And protect yourself from those stupid spam thingies. Leave it like this: Stephanie at StephanieMorrillBooks dot com.
In my house, we celebrate birthdays for a week, so I'll shut down this contest a week from today - November 4th.
Have a great day everybody!