B'ville: For the love of writing

Small town life is good for a writer. A trip to the post office or breakfast at the Canal Walk Cafe is rife with future story possibilities.

What was it like finding a publisher and getting your books published?

It's difficult to get published. First, you have to become a good writer and write a compelling story. Next, you have to do your homework and determine which publisher best matches your work. Submitting your work and following up on that correspondence takes a lot of time.

It's typical to get many rejections before you ever get published. When a publisher accepts your writing, more work follows in the form of revisions. This is the best part of writing: clarifying and honing. The editorial process polishes the writing. I am grateful for all my editors.

How did it feel when you published your first book?

The first is always special, isn't it?

Will you write more?

I have a novel that is a bit overdue to my publisher right now. And I have some more picture books to get out the door too. I can't foresee a time that I won't be writing.

Tell us a little about yourself and your history in Baldwinsville:

I moved to Baldwinsville in 1984 when I married my husband, Chris Arnold. I didn't travel far though. I grew up on Long Branch Road, about five miles from my present home. I lived a few places in between: Pennsylvania, Montreal and Albany.

Chris and I had two daughters, Paige and Alexandra. Our eldest daughter, Paige, died from complications of leukemia. Our family, with the help of Palmer Elementary and the Baldwinsville community, puts on a fundraising event to benefit pediatric oncology at University Hospital every year in her memory. Paige's Butterfly Run is a 5K certified race and we have a 3K fun run/walk and children's Caterpillar Crawl too. We have a web site where people can go for more information on the event: pbrun.org.

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