Magical Faerie Crystall

Today’s Tuesday 12 x 12 author, Kelly McDonald, is multi-talented indeed. She writes and illustrates picture books, chapter books AND Young Adult Novels. She is a writer, artist, performer and photographer. Luckily, she spreads her talent and inspiration freely in the 12 x 12 in 2012 challenge where we can all learn from her. Please welcome Kelly!

The 12×12 challenge. It has been a blessing in so many ways. I am Kelly McDonald, a nearly 40 year old married, mother of one, children’s entertainer, writer, photographer and artist.

The 12×12 is half over. Can you believe that? I still remember being a little scared about signing up. Would I look stupid compared to all the real writers there? Would I even make a deadline, let alone two? Was I really a writer? Could I do it? I was so scared! But I signed up anyway. Why? Because I want it! I want to be a writer, I always have. It is a dream from childhood that never faded. I have quite a few stories I have written over the years, and the drawer full of rejection slips to prove it. I needed to learn how to get my ideas down on paper so that the stories would work as well in book form as they do when I am telling them on stage.

After moving to Europe, I suddenly had a lot more time on my hands and slowly began to learn…. a trick here, an idea there. I wrote my first full length novel during this time and it landed me an agent.

Then, I took a breath, and entered the 12×12! I have learnt SO much from you all. I am amazed at the generosity and the encouragement and support of this group. When I have bravely put my hand up to ask a question, I have found that others out there want to know too, and another always has the answer. Through this group I met Becky Fyfe, and also joined her chapter book challenge. What a bonus that was! I have just finished my third chapter book in the series, and my agent has taken that as well! Here I was thinking I was a picture book writer, and yet I have found bliss writing for older kids. I have met some wonderful new online buddies, and hopefully will meet a few in person one day too. This group has given me new wings, new dreams, and new inspiration to fly a little higher. Thanks to you one and all for your amazing imput into our (not so) little 12×12. Thanks Julie for an amazing opportunity!

Oh and its one week til June is finished… and I haven’t had an idea for this month. It is ok, I have 6 days 😉

For the past 16 years, Kelly McDonald has been entertaining as the Magical Faerie Crystall throughout Australia and has even spread a little fairy dust in Europe. With a background/training in childcare/kindergarten, she has worked with children since leaving school. The past 8 years have seen her working in digital art, and photography. Kelly has sold quite a few personalised stories she illustrated using her clients’ children. She’s also had a few covers published, and placed third in the Australian CYA conference in 2011. Kelly secured an agent last year with her YA novel, The Hidden Fey. She’s now written a second YA novel, A darkness in Shelley, and has written picture book and chapter book drafts through the 12 x 12 in 2012 and chapter book challenges. She lives on the peninsula in Victoria with her gorgeous hubby and son.

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  1. Congratulations, Kelly, for securing an agent during this time! Looks like you’ve found your niche with older children.

  2. An inspiring story Kelly. Congratulations on your achievements. You should be proud. Helen

  3. Much congrads Kelly. You’re on your way! *whoosh* (I’m right behind you.) *wink*

  4. It’s great you are doing this, Kelly, and I wish you much success and revelation. 🙂 Now, chapter books? I don’t think that is for me (but I haven’t tried).

  5. Congratulations Kelly. So fun to see how the challenge has encouraged even more writing. Inspiring.

  6. Congratulations and I love your photo with the faerie wings!

  7. This is such an inspirational read and I always admire writers who can write for such different age groups! I am thrilled that your agent is also taking your chapter book series!

  8. congratulations on your success! great to hear that you are able to write in multiple genres.

  9. Ah, I love this. Congratulations! I love the pic, by the way. Faerie wings and a tiara, perfection.

  10. Funny, how, when you move, you seem to be less busy. We just moved last month, and, well, I am back to being “a reader with nothing stopping me!” instead of being “a reader with things stopping me…!” Great post. I would like to read some of your books. 🙂

  11. Thanks for sharing with us kelly. That’s great you discovered your other niche by joining the 12 x 12.

  12. Great pic, bet you make your own costumes too! Good luck with all that your agent has taken on, and with all the work to follow!
    “If you see the magic in a fairy tale, you can face the future.”… Danielle Steel

  13. So exciting that your writing is coming along so well. This is a wonderful community, isn’t it? 🙂

  14. What an inspiring post! Congratulations on your successes and best of luck as you continue writing. It’s posts like yours that encourage all of us to persevere.

  15. Congrats! And what a fabulous job to go with writing for children, how fun!

  16. Nice to meet you, Kelly. Love the wings! Sounds like you’ve really “taken off”! Congrats!

  17. Awesome news on hooking your agent!
    Genre hopper . . . impressive, Kelly!!

  18. thanks everyone for the lovely comments.. after this.. i came first for my illustrations in the australian CYA conference. This has been an amazing journey!

  19. Great to get to know you a bit more Kelly 🙂

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