The Raindrop Who Couldn't FallIt seems I have quite a bit in common with today’s Tuesday 12 x 12 author, Kirsti Call! I, too, have kept a journal as long as I can remember and still find old poems I wrote to my parents tucked away in memory boxes in my mom’s basement. But now that we’re adults, there is one significant difference — Kirsti has managed to pursue her passion for writing, get a contract for her first picture book (coming in October 2013!) and be an active member of the 12 x 12 community all while raising 5 children! It is that kind of passion and dedication that inspires me and keeps me going. Please welcome Kirsti!

I love to write. I love the feel of a pen moving smoothly across paper. I love the sound of the words in my head. I love how each word combines to create something completely unique. I love how a good story has the power to change lives. 

I remember as a 3 year old, sitting next to my dad as he wrote his dissertation. I listened to the clacking of the typewriter, and sat up straight with my pen and paper, excited to be writing too! I started my first journal when I was 5, dictating my words to my helpful mom.  And when I was 8, I wrote my first poem. I still remember the sound of my mom’s voice, filled with laughter and pride as she read these words:

“My mother’s smile is the best. 

She smiles at every guest.

And yet the while I know that I,

have almost all the rest!” 

That was the year I wrote novellas about horses, kids, fairies and magical boots in my childish script. Even then I knew that I was a writer. I won essay contests and published articles and poetry in my school newspaper. And when I wasn’t writing, I was immersed in a book. 

But somehow getting married and having 5 children distracted me. Two years ago, in a rare moment of quiet, I realized how much I missed writing! At the time, my oldest child was 9 and my youngest was 6 months.  I spent my days playing with them, reading to them, and telling them stories. 

Picture books were a perfect fit for me! I began writing down some of the stories that I’d told my kids. I joined a critique group. I learned about revising and submitting. I went to my first ever SCBWI conference. I received dozens of rejection letters. And finally, I got a contract for one of my stories. This was it, I was going to be an author! 

The excitement of the contract was slightly dampened when I realized that my publisher could and would change my words whether I agreed with it or not. And despite multiple submissions, no one else wanted any of my other stories! 

So when I discovered 12×12 I was thrilled! Here was a way for me to be accountable for writing and revising a manuscript every month. Since January, I’ve doubled my number of stories and revised my other stories like crazy. I’ve met my incredibly talented and supportive critique partner. I’ve become part of a community of writers who get me! Just knowing that other 12x12ers are creating as I create makes me smile. And somehow I know that together, our love of writing will produce powerful stories that change children’s lives.

Kirsti Call writes picture books and dabbles in middle grade fiction.  She is a marriage and family therapist and mother of 5 delightful children who help her invent imaginative stories.  Find out more about her upcoming book, The Raindrop Who Couldn’t Fall at www.kirsticall.com

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  1. WOW! Thank you, Kirsti, for sharing your story with us. I find it so exciting when I read about people who have been writing since before they could write! All the best to you!

  2. Wonderful post, Kirsti – and congratulations on your book’s release in October, as well. It’s so important for all of us to hear about the energy and commitment of others…hearing it nourishes our own energy and commitment to keep on.”

  3. Love how your raingear photos tie in the theme of your book Kirsti! And when I saw that you were from Watertown…really – what could be more perfect? 🙂

  4. Yaaaaaay, Kirsti! I am so happy that we connected through 12 x 12! You are amazing!

  5. Congratulations on your upcoming book, and thanks for an inspiring post!

  6. Thanks Kristi for sharing. Congrats on the upcoming picture book.

  7. Kirstine Call

    Thanks everyone! I feel so blessed to be a part of the 12×12 community!

  8. I am in awe of you, Kirstine! How you manage to find time to write with all those little ones is beyond me. I kind of gave up writing for a while when my kids were little, too overwhelmed to do much except nap with them. :} I’m so excited for you about your contract and look forward to reading your book!

  9. Great post! And, congratulations, Kirsti!!! Can’t wait to read your upcoming book!

  10. Wonderful post, Kristi! I’m smiling with you as a 12×12’er. We are a wonderfully creative group. Congrats on your success – looking forward to reading your book. =)

  11. Congratulations on your first book! I love your photos on your web site of you in the rain gear!

  12. Fun to get to know you Kirsti! And, congratulations on your upcoming book! Will look forward to it’s release.

  13. Hey Kirsti! Congrads and I will definitely look for your book. Love this post. YaY for 12 x 12ers! *waves peace sign*

  14. What a great story! 😀

  15. Melanie Ellsworth

    Kirsti – I’m so impressed with all that you manage to accomplish! How wonderful that you’re returning to a passion you’ve had since you were a child. I look forward to reading THE RAINDROP WHO COULDN’T FALL with my daughter.

  16. Great success story, Kirsti. Book sale #2 can be elusive. I expect that to be a success story for you before too long. Fingers crossed. Best of luck.

  17. Thank you for the inspiring post Kristi. I am also the mother of five children and my oldest is currently nine, while my youngest is 20 months. Your success and determination encourages and inspires me to keep going. Thank you for sharing your story, and congratulations to you on your accomplishments. I love the Title, “The Raindrop Who Couldn’t Fall”… I wish I could read it right now. 🙂

  18. Kirsti,
    sounds like a fantastic story (Raindrop) and can’t wait to read it! Keep us posted on when it is available…your story is great, inspiring, encouraging. Thanks for sharing.

  19. I only have one child, so now I really don’t have an excuse not to find the time to write! Phew, you are an inspiration. Thank you for the wonderful post.

  20. Great interview! And, Kirsti, I’m glad I’m in your local writing group so I can share this incredible journey with you. Keep those writing successes coming!

  21. I’m glad you had one quiet moment that made you realize how much you missed writing! nice to cybermeet you and congrats on your first book!

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