I alluded to some big stuff happening at The Bookshelf Muse, and I’m happy to reveal one of those things: Becca Puglisi is BACK.
Some of you know exactly who I’m talking about while others may be scratching your heads. Becca, you see, is the co-creator of this blog, best crit partner evar and one of the most talented writers I know.
Two years back she decided to start a family, so she took a break from writing and stepped away from the blog. I am beyond ecstatic to see her return, because Becca is full of great ideas and creative energy, and has as much passion for writing as I do.
1) Tell us a bit about yourself!
Becca: I started writing in 2004, about the same time as Angela, but I took off a few years to have babies. Now I’m back to writing mostly YA fantasy and historical fiction. With two small children at home, I’ve also got a few picture books in my bag o’ tricks. When I’m not writing, I like to read, bake, watch movies with my shmoopie, and eat things that are bad for me. I like to garden but can’t add it to my list because that would imply I could actually grow something. So not true.
2) What led you to jump back into writing again?
BECCA: I had always hoped to come back to writing when my kids were a little older. When my son turned six months old and I knew I was done raising newborns (ie, was no longer sleep-deprived) it occurred to me that I once again might be capable of stringing together a coherent creative thought. So in I jumped.
3) Are you glad to be back on the blog? Did you miss us?
BECCA: I did miss everyone. Tuning in was somewhat painful because I missed being involved in the writing community. I felt like that kid with his little face mashed against the chain-link fence watching everyone else play. Now that my self-imposed writing exile is over, I’m totally stoked to be back. Angela, on the other hand, has mixed feelings because she knows that zombies creep me out. She had doubts about taking on someone with such an epic character flaw. Luckily, she’s also kind of easy. I bribed her with sweets and she caved like a souffle. (TOTALLY NOT TRUE! It was the promise of critiquing my current MS that made me look past this abhorrent flaw.)
4) Let’s say things go poorly in the Zombie Apocalypse and Angela tragically becomes one of the living undead. Would you dispatch her or allow her to go on her merry, brain-eating way?
BECCA: I would dispatch Angela immediately with all of my (considerable) Resident Evil experience. Zombies are not merry. They’re skeevy and gross. Ick. (Erm…thanks, I guess?)
So help me welcome Becca back to The Bookshelf Muse! I’ve learned a lot from her over the years and look forward to her contributions and insight. 🙂 And if you’d like to get to know Becca and her ties to TBM a bit more, she’s happy to do a few blogging guest posts to get back into the swing of things. Just drop her a line!
Happy week, all! Good luck to the Nanoers!
Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, a portal to powerful, innovative tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.