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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.

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  1. No horsin’ around, you’ve come a long way on your writing journey already, Laura. It’s nice to meet another attorney turned children’s writer here. I think there are several of us!

  2. Laura, great job! I have horses too. My stories are filled with horses, ducks, chickens and all our other farm creatures. (We have two rescue dogs too) It’s lovely to cyber know ya. 🙂

  3. Thanks for sharing this with us, Laura – I’m guessing there are many of us in similar places on our journey.

  4. Well done Laura for following your dreams. They will come true!

  5. Awesome, Laura! It feels great to purse dreams that were on hold, doesn’t it? I enjoyed reading about your journey, and am happy to be part of this amazing group with you.

  6. Loved this post, Laura! And I love how you are combining your two passions and writing about horses. They say write from the heart and it sounds like you are.

  7. Super, Laura! I wish lots of success with your horse stories.

  8. Laura, I really enjoyed reading your story about the horses and flowers, good luck galloping towards your publication dreams.

  9. Thanks so much, Laura, for including us in your writing journey. 🙂 I love your story (have ALWAYS loved horses and used to doodle pictures of them in school)…so glad you have found your ‘happy’ place. 🙂 Keep writing, keep submitting…you WILL realize your dream!

  10. I teach K-2 art and there are MANY MANY students obsessed with horses so I think you definitely have a market for that type of book 🙂 You will have to let me know when you have a book out there so I can purchase it for my classroom 🙂

  11. Laura, thanks for sharing your journey thus far. I’ll be looking for an announcement on a horse book soon. My granddaughter loves horses too, and we have three here in our pasture. We are horse fans right along with her. Right now, My Little Pony rules over Tinkerbell and even trumps Strawberry Shortcake!
    You made me realize how much 12×12 and other writing communities are critical to success…they are like stirrups, they keep us in the saddle. Hang on to the reins and keep on writing.

  12. Thank you for sharing your story with us, Laura. I hope that with along many other 12 by 12ers this year, you WILL be able to call yourself a children’s book author, as well. It is encouraging and inspiring to see someone give up what many people would label as a successful life, in order to invest that time into your children and your dreams. I agree life is too short not to follow our dreams.
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  13. Congratulations on becoming a stay-at-home mom and calling yourself a children’s writer. Thanks for sharing your story with us. Best of luck.

  14. Melanie Ellsworth

    Laura, thanks for sharing your story. It’s great that you can now unabashedly call yourself a “children’s writer.” I’m glad you’re writing horse stories; I don’t seem to come across very many of those when I check PBs out of the library for my daughter, so I’d love to see yours in print.

  15. I love saying I’m a children’s author. I wish I could say it 100 times a day. …..OK, sometimes, I DO say it 100 times a day. Don’t judge me. Good luck with your writing. I love horse stories!

  16. Romelle Broas

    Thanks for sharing your story Lauren. Yes, one day you will be calling yourself an author. I admire your decision to leave your corporate world for writing.

  17. Nice to meet & read about you, Lauren. Pursuing writing and staying home w/your kids is a great investment in your life!

  18. Laura, my friend in cyberspace! It’s awesome to see you featured here! Keep writing! I love reading your stories about horses!

  19. Julie Dillemuth

    Me too! When I had a baby 2 years ago that was my excuse to quit my job and focus on my writing. Luckily the full-time mom thing and writing for kids goes really well together. Feel very fortunate that I can do this. Getting serious about my writing was one of the best things I’ve ever done!

  20. nice to read your story Laura. I love horses too! Much success on your writing journey and see you around the corral!

  21. Great story, Laura!! Can’t wait to read your children’s books (about horses :-)) someday!!!

  22. We were separated at birth! Horses, writing, family are my world, and art. We need more good horse books! I look forward to reading yours.

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