For a long time now, Becca and I have wanted a way to acknowledge the people who have helped us develop into stronger writers and who add to the writing community as a whole. As a new feature here at The Bookshelf Muse, Becca and I will take turns giving well-deserved recognition to some of the people who really make an impact...people who truly are Writing Heroes.
Stina is a rock star blogger, YA writer, photographer and friend all rolled into one. I met Stina first online, and then discovered with delight that she actually LIVED in the same city I did. It was coolness on top of coolness. I quickly dragged her into a local Children's Writers group that would meet for lunch and swap books & writing news. In no time she became one of the most supportive writers I've ever had the pleasure of knowing, emailing me with links that she thought I'd like to look into, telling me about different people, courses and organizations that have helped her writing...and of course passing on the best YA books (NOTE: Stina's favs have copious amounts of kissing and romantic tension.)
One thing I love about Stina is that she's very passionate. You can see this in her writing (which is a pleasure to read) and from the way she isn't afraid to speak up for what she believes in. She won't shy away from discussing topics that affect writers, or take a stand on an issue. She's also incredibly focused on learning and invests her time and energy into reading about writing, seeking help to get her writing to the next level and taking advantage of opportunities that will help her reach publication. She knows a lot about the craft, belongs to both SCBWI & RWA and shares what she knows without hesitation, which I really, really admire. :)
Her blog, Seeing Creative, is an excellent source of writing ideas and information, and she has a nose for digging up great articles. I know there are a lot of 'Weekly Link Round Ups' out there, but Stina's Cool Links Friday is NOT TO BE MISSED. I hope that if you don't already follow Stina's blog you'll head on over and see for yourself how awesome it is. She also blogs at Query Tracker & hangs out on Twitter!
Thank you Stina, for being one of my WRITING HEROES. You inspire me, woman!
To pay it forward, Becca or I will give a 1000 word critique to each Writing Hero we profile. These writers can then choose to keep it for themselves or offer it as a giveaway on their blog! All writing heroes will also have a permanent link in our header!
So tell me Musers...do you know Stina? Has she helped you or your writing in some way? Please tell us in the comments and help celebrate this amazing WRITING HERO!