Persistency pays off -- that's what Jamesville native Andrea Canale recently learned as a budding writer. Some of the short stories she wrote during summer break from school were accepted and published in three "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books, which have been selling in bookstores since Nov. 4.
The Jamesville-DeWitt High School junior is following in her mom Barb's footsteps; she too has had stories published in "Chicken Soup" books -- a popular series of uplifting non-fiction narratives submitted by people from all over the country.
"My inspiration is my mother," Canale said. "She has done great things, including her writing." Reading well-written newspaper and magazine articles also serve as motivators, she added.
Canale began writing for the high school newspaper as a freshman and became an editor after her first year.
"I knew nothing when I first entered my journalism class," she said. "But my teacher Mr. DeChick turned me into a true journalist."
In her own words, Canale describes her love for writing, gives advice to fellow peers and sheds light on how her own perseverance really has paid off.
When did you become interested in writing?
I became interested in writing in eighth grade when I was asked to write my graduating class' speech. Making simple sentences into great messages is rewarding.
Also, I love to read! My favorite books include "The DaVinci Code" by Dan Brown, "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova, "Hoot" by Carl Hiaasen and "The Twilight" series by Stephenie Meyer.
My favorite author is Emily Dickinson -- I love her poems.
How does it feel to follow in your mom's footsteps with published stories in "Chicken Soup"?
It feels extremely rewarding. Like mother, like daughter.
What are your stories about?
The story about middle school is about my experience in being bullied on the bus. The high school story is about accepting my bleeding disorder, von Willebrands disease, and the college story is about wanting to be a physical therapist.