Having grown up in Michigan, I have a soft spot for Michiganders, especially those who write for children. So I am pleased to welcome one such woman as today’s Tuesday 12 x 12 author — Jennifer Rumberger. Jennifer is an active and helpful contributor to the 12 x 12 Facebook group and does a great job of supporting other authors by participating in Perfect Picture Book Friday and Marvelous Middle Grade Monday. Welcome Jennifer!
It started with PiBoIdMo 2011. I don’t even remember how I came across the challenge. Probably one blog lead to another and there it was! Coming up with one picture book idea a day seemed fairly doable, so I signed up. Through the month of November, I came to know many new published and pre-published writers. When Julie started floating the idea of the 12×12 Challenge, I couldn’t resist. Having goals and deadlines definitely does help me stay more focused. And the close-knit community is so helpful and caring, and that was before the challenge even officially started!
But let me backtrack a little. I’ve been serious about my writing for almost three years now. My first step was to take the introductory course with the Institute of Children’s Literature. I learned so much and started to dip my toe into the writing pond.
After about six months, I joined SCBWI which was one of the best decisions I ever made. The conferences I have attended in Michigan have been so inspiring, and the writing community I am now a part of truly has been a blessing. Many say writing can be lonely, but being a part of a community of writers takes care of that.
This past fall I started my blog and another community of writers opened up to me. I have met some wonderful writing friends and critique partners. Someday I hope to meet them all in person!
I definitely have to thank my husband and two sons for supporting me through this journey. They have given me the time to write when I need it, and my boys love to listen to the story ideas I bounce off them. Having a built in critique group at home definitely helps too, even though they can sometimes be TOO honest!
As I continue on my writing journey, I look forward to strengthening the relationships I have already forged and meeting many more new writers. And to all you fellow 12×12’ers, best of luck the rest of the year!
Jennifer Rumberger is a wife and mom of two very active boys. She is an administrative assistant during the day and a children’s writer in her free time, which can be at home or at one of her boys’ many sports practices (never during games!). She has been published in a handful of children’s magazines and is working on a middle grade novel and her 12 x 12 picture book manuscripts. She also loves to read! You can find out what she’s reading by checking out her blog www.jenniferrumberger.com.Categories: Writing