Maureen Doyle McQuerry

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All of my books have an element of mystery and magic, even the realistic stories. And as a friend pointed out, there is a library in every one of them. It must be because libraries have always been magical places for me.

Maureen McQuerry is an award winning poet, novelist and teacher. Her YA novel, The Peculiars (Abrams/Amulet 2012) is an ALA Best Book for Young Adult Readers 2013, Bank Street and Horne Book recommended book, and a winner of the Westchester Award. Her most recent book is Beyond the Door (Abrams/Amulet), a Booklist top Ten Fantasy/SciFi for Youth. It is the first in a MG duo that combines, Celtic myth, shapeshifters and a secret code in a coming of age story. The adventure continues in The Telling Stone. Beyond the Door is a
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First, Lena and Jimson thank you for joining them on their adventures! I've learned so much since beginning my author journey, and I'm learning more with every book I read, every time I sit down and write. So a few words of inspiration that you've probably heard before: read widely, not just in genre's you love. Write every day, even if it's just a paragraph. the mind and body need this routine. Find your tribe, a group of people or a person who really gets your dream of writing and has the same dream too. Your tribe will give you honest feedback, encourage you when you get rejections (and you will get rejections) and they'll push you to give your best.

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Every Story a Survival Story

At its heart every good story is a survival story. The stakes are always death. That doesn’t always mean a physical death. It may be an emotional death, a death of self-confidence or self-esteem, a death of a dream or the death of a relationship. It must require everything the protagonist has to survive. We turn the pages to see how others navigate their way through the woods. Read more of this blog post »
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“Maybe being brave was not highly desireable in women. Normal women would have fled, like Pansy.”
Maureen Doyle McQuerry, The Peculiars

“It's not your family who defines you; they're an influence, all right, but they don't have the final say. We answer for that ourselves.”
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“Maybe it was only goblin women who were restless and wanted to see the world. She didn't know.”
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... It is when two such persons discover one another, when, whether with immense difficulties and semi-articulate fumblings or with what would seem to us amazing and elliptical speed, they share their vision - it is then that Friendship is born. And instantly they stand together in an immense solitude.”
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