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As a reading and writing teacher, I have always used mentor texts to help my students improve their writing skills … These lessons made me reflect on my own writing life. As a writer of historical fantasy for both children and adults, I’ve found the following texts to be most helpful.
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Middle-Grade Historical Fantasy Kingdom of the Serpent Twelve-year-old Princess Ankhes hates how her older sisters steal everyone’s attention and shove her and her brother Tutankhaten—the future King Tut—into the background. So when the spirit of Maatkara, her many-times-great-grandmother, offers to teach her magic, Ankhes seizes the chance. After Ankhes masters journeying into the Netherworld and gains… Continue reading Novels
Short Story “Breath of Amun” http://lacunajournal.blogspot.com/2009/10/breath-of-amun.html Memberships http://illinois.scbwi.org/ http://www.arce.org/chapters/illinois/Home http://sff.onlinewritingworkshop.com/ Acknowledgments “Talisman and Bone” – Editor’s Choice February 2017, Short Story “As Day Follows Night” – Editor’s Choice June 2018, Short Story http://blog.onlinewritingworkshop.com/