Hello Mixed-Up Filers!
Hope you’re all well since my last post, all those many ages ago! I know what you’re thinking . . . Jonathan, aren’t you going early? Way ahead of schedule? Well, the answer is yes! After the huge write-in campaign, where thousands upon thousands of emails came pouring in, requesting . . . no, not requesting. Dare, I say, demanding that I go earlier, the administrative team over here at Mixed-up Files, had no choice but to acquiesce to the overwhelming influx and change the order. Oh, sure, there was chaos at our weekly meetings, but thankfully, Dorian Cirrone brought in coffee for everyone and made us all stay late, until she was able to restore order.
So, without further ado, here we go!
This month, I’m going to veer away from the usual posts, but I promise, I have a good reason. You see, I started writing for Mixed-Up Files, a little over five years ago. Then, and now, I think it’s one of the best sites for anything relating to kids’ books in general and Middle Grade, specifically. It really is an absolutely great site, and I was always proud to be a part of it. Especially, since I love Middle Grade books. Middle Grade, to me, is the most fun. That’s where my heart is, and those are the stories, I like to read, and those are the stories I like to write.
What, I especially loved, was whenever the new releases were posted. I, eagerly, looked to see what new great stories were going to be coming soon. I marked down all the ones I wanted, and you can be sure, I went to go pick them up when they came out.
I admired each of these authors and longed for the day, that I could be among them. And, the thing is, I kept reading the title of this site, which is, From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors. And, as I said, I love Middle Grade. But, in the back of my mind, I kept feeling, I was a Middle Grade writer, but not yet, author. I know it didn’t matter to anyone here, because my passion for Middle Grade, was no less than anyone else’s, and nobody looked at me or anyone else any differently. But, I wanted to be listed as, ‘Author’. And, I kept thinking, ‘One day’. Well, guess what, Mixed-Up Filers? That day is here! This will be my very last post, before I can change my resume, to Author! At the end of August, the 29th, to be exact, my book, Night of the Living Cuddle Bunnies will be released out into the world!
I can’t tell you, how ecstatic I am, that I’m still part of this fantastic site, and will get to see my name among all of the great books and authors that we’ve featured here through the years. This site has such a strong following, and I thank you all for reading my posts, all these years, and hope you’ll also enjoy reading my books.
So, the next time you see me, my Mixed-Up Filer friends, just know, that even though, I’ll be the same, I’ll also be slightly different.