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Joanne Rocklin

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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I was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the land of four distinct seasons. The winters are so long!

Wintry days and nights inspired me to read many, many books, the most important thing a writer can do. Of course other seasons inspired me, too! And as soon as I learned to hold a pencil I began writing poems, stories, and diaries.

I have always owned cats (or they have owned me, a cliché, but true!) Coincidentally, all our cats have been authors, and I’ve compiled their writing secrets in the essay “Why Cats Write.”

And I have always lived within walking distance of a library. (O.K. in California, within almost-walking, but driving distance!) I love to read and write, but I also love to talk--especially about writing.

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Social media and email get in the way of my own creating, not to mention daydreaming, which is so important for story-making. I think it's useful to be digitally smart, in terms of getting back in control with a plan. I like Jane Friedman's suggestion (janefriedman.com) to organize your writing life by making some choices:

(1)Focus on reading or creative work first thing in the mo... Read more of this blog post »
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Age 8-12 years
Length: 6.5 hrs (288 pages)
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“You get a happy feeling helping someone read. You feel sort of like a wizard.”
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