Joan Lowery Nixon is the acclaimed author of more than a hundred books for young readers. Over the years, many of her readers have written to her to ask how they, too, can become published writers someday. From her first publication at age ten to her graduation from Hollywood High during World War II, this memoir, which includes advice as well as anecdotes, is her answer. Listening to her favorite programs on the radio, performing puppet shows at orphanages and hospitals, and writing love poems for high school classmates to send to soldiers overseas all planted the seeds from which a prolific writing career grew.
Joan Lowery Nixon never forgot what her ninth-grade journalism teacher told her: "A writer must always have faith in herself. If you dont believe in yourself, no one else will." Both informative and entertaining, The Making of a Writer is a charming look at one writers beginnings.
"Nixon tucks her tips into a memoir that stands alone…A delightful look back at a time and a life." Booklist
"Her writing is clear and interesting, admirably blending her personal history, that of the nation, life lessons, and writing tips…[readers] will appreciate the insights she offers into her own life as well as the development of her signature style." VOYA
"A lively read…[with] clear and concise advice to writers." School Library Journal
"A lighthearted biography…It is a nicely focused take on something about the author." Kirkus Reviews
From the Hardcover edition.
Joan Lowery Nixon was the author of more than 130 books for young readers and was the only four-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Best Young Adult Mystery Award. She received the award for The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore, The Séance, The Name of the Game Was Murder, and The Other Side of the Dark, which also won the California Young Reader Medal. Her historical fiction included the award-winning series The Orphan Train Adventures, Orphan Train Children, and Colonial Williamsburg: Young Americans.
“This will be of tremendous value to adults who teach writing to children, but it will also appeal to Nixon’s legion of fans. . . . A delightful look back at a time and a life.”—Booklist
“Clear and concise advice to writers.”—School Library Journal
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