Contributor Interview with Christiana Doucette

Everyone, welcome Christiana Doucette to our Contributor Interview series, a routine blog feature that introduces you to the wonderful writers whose work will be included in our upcoming anthology project.

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“Christy’s writing is like listening to your favorite ballad sung by your idol: a cloud of familiarity hit by lightning. She gives old metaphors new life and demands the readers feel every intended emotion.”

— Lizzie Thornton, an editor for Cardigan Press

[E] Welcome to the anthology team, Christy! What genres/age ranges do you typically gravitate toward in your writing?

I love poetry and all things Middle Grade.

As a first grader, I remember giggling on the couch with my mom over Jack Prelutsky’s The Baby Ug’s are Hatching. I still get shivers down my spine every time I read The Highway Man, and tear up reading selections from Spoon River Anthology. When I was six my mom gave me my first poetry book, and I started scribbling down groan-worthy attempts at verse. Hopefully I’ve improved since writing epic poems about frogs, dogs, and bogs.

I love the whole Middle Grade age genre. I am revising a Middle Grade Fantasy focused on a sister’s love and her righteous anger at those who are trying to hurt her family. And, I’m also drafting a Middle Grade Historical Fiction Novel in Verse. Combining both the Middle Grade age range with the Novel in Verse format is checking all the boxes for me. Middle Grade mixed with the fun of research, the undercurrent of hope, and the lyricism of poetry makes my heart sing.

[E] Finding a way to mix all your strengths and loves leads to magical work. It’s wonderful you found that path! In what ways is your submission to Cardigan Press similar and/or different from your usual writing?

My submission to Cardigan Press juxtaposes the excitement of discovery with the hard work of revision. It leaves my usual Middle Grade writing to focus on the process authors experience.

[E] You submission shows off your love for poetry as well! We’re so happy to feature your lyrical voice. How can readers best follow your writing journey at this time?

Currently I’m querying a Middle Grade Fantasy Novel, and a fun little chapter book parody of Don Quixote. You can follow my publishing (and homeschooling) adventures on Twitter or Instagram

[E] Thank you for being such a inspiration in the online writing community. And you always post the cutest family photos as well!

Everyone, please show your support by giving her a follow!

Do you know Christy? Comment below and let others know what Christy’s writing means to you. If this is your first time meeting Christy, say hello!

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