Janet McLaughlin

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I have been involved in the communication field most of my adult life as either a writer, teacher, or editor. I am a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Florida Writers Association and am an avid fan of cheerleading competitions, especially those involving my grandchildren. I live in Florida with my husband Tom. My other passions involve tennis, traveling, walking, and meeting people.

"Different"

Twelve-year-old Izzy wants to be like everyone else, but she has a secret. She isn’t weird or angry, like some of the kids at school think. Izzy has Tourette syndrome. Hiding outbursts and tics from her classmates is hard enough, but when a new girl arrives, Izzy’s fear of losing her best friend makes Izzy’s sym
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Janet McLaughlin Mostly I walk away from the computer for a while. A couple of hours...sometimes a couple of months. One time a couple of years. But that was for a…moreMostly I walk away from the computer for a while. A couple of hours...sometimes a couple of months. One time a couple of years. But that was for a specific book. When I came back to it, I had rethought the whole idea and the book was the better for it. The absolute best way for me to overcome writer's block is to go on a cruise. Seriously. Since I live in Florida, that's not hard to do. My husband and I go on an itinerary we've done before. While others go on tours, I find a quiet place to write and he finds a different quiet place to read. It peaceful and far away from the madding crowd. It always works. :)(less)
Janet McLaughlin I don't know how to answer that. It's not so much a choice as a need to write. But I'm not anal about it. So I guess in part the answer is the freedom…moreI don't know how to answer that. It's not so much a choice as a need to write. But I'm not anal about it. So I guess in part the answer is the freedom to pursue doing what I love to do without the pressure of having to do it. I also cherish my writer friends. We've grown together, helped one another, rejoiced in the successes and given solace in the face of rejections. I've found the children's writing community to be a caring and generous one.(less)
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The other day I spent time with two close family members, both suffering with anxiety. Neither could pinpoint the reason they were so stressed. One was new to the feeling; one has dealt with it most of her life. I'm going to refer to the second one as Izzy, the name I gave to the protagonist in my soon-to-be-released Middle Grade novel, DIFFERENT.

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