It’s always a pleasure to meet and introduce a fellow Michigander and Wolverine! But that’s not the only thing I have in common with today’s Tuesday 12 x 12 author is Laura Wolfe. She too gave up an intense, high-power, corporate career to focus on her children and her dream of writing – yay! Given how dedicated Laura has been to her craft and to the challenge, I have no doubt that we will ALL be calling her a children’s AUTHOR one day, in addition to a children’s writer. Please welcome Laura!
I have two passions: horses and writing. Everyone who knows me knows that I am passionate about horses. But somewhere along the line, perhaps through discouraging comments about the dismal odds of becoming a successful children’s writer, I learned to keep my desire to become a writer to myself. After all, I was not published. I couldn’t tell people I was a writer, could I? While working at my unfulfilling desk job, I secretly wrote outlines of stories on my computer. I joined the SCBWI, but remained anonymous. I kept a journal of story ideas on my bedside table.I couldn’t help but notice that all of my stories involved horses.Every year, I bought the new edition of the Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market. I occasionally submitted my work to magazines. Like so many of us, I was learning by doing. No one, except my (very supportive) husband, knew about my writing.
It wasn’t until I made the decision to leave my full-time job and stay home with my two young children, I became serious about “honing my craft” and getting published.I started a blog, www.RockingHorseWriting.com, to track my journey and keep myself accountable. But I lacked a clear focus. I needed goals that I could set for myself and achieve. Thankfully, I heard about the 12 x 12 challenge through my local SCBWI chapter.
Becoming a Gold Member in the 12 x 12 was the best thing I have done to move my writing forward. Through the forum, I found an online writing partner who has been motivating and insightful. I also joined an online critique group made up of other 12 x 12 members. This group has been instrumental in helping me revise and refine my manuscripts. “Another story about horses, Laura?” they ask good-naturedly every month. They are brutally honest (and I do mean BRUTAL), but they are supportive and encouraging too. Since starting the challenge in January, I have completed five manuscripts and revised one. I have submitted my manuscripts to three of the featured 12 x 12 agents so far.
The knowledge I’ve gained through 12 x 12 has given me confidence in my writing. I now tell people that I am a children’s writer. And guess what? They don’t laugh. I can visualize the day I tell people that I am a children’s AUTHOR. Oh, how great it will feel to say those words! Until then, I am happy in my work. I have found a way to combine my two passions, horses and writing. It just doesn’t get much better than that!
In addition to being a children’s writer, Laura Wolfe is a wife and mom of two young children, a horsewoman, an animal lover and an environmental advocate. Because she believes in “writing what you know”, many of her stories focus on horses and the crazy antics of her young children. When she is not writing picture books, she is playing superheroes with her kids, horsing around at the barn, or spoiling her rescue dog. In her previous life, she was an attorney, a legal editor, and a successful real estate broker. After having kids, she quickly decided that life was too short not to pursue her passions.
Laura holds a BA in English from the University of Michigan and a JD With Honor from DePaul University College of Law. She has been a member of the Michigan chapter of the SCBWI since 2010. Laura is currently active in several online writing communities, including 12×12, PB Lovers Critique Group, and CBI Clubhouse.Categories: 12 x 12, Agents, Authors, Books, Creativity, Goals, Guest Blogging, SCBWI, Writing · Tags: 12 x 12, Author, CBI, Goals, Guest Blogging, Julie Hedlund, Laura Wolfe, Picture Books, SCBWI, Tuesday 12 x 12, Works in Progress, Writing