I’ve seen a lot of skepticism lately online surrounding NaNoWriMo. I’ve read blog posts that point out things like, “there’s no way you can write a quality novel in 30 days” or “heck yeah NaNoWriMo! An excuse to write 50000 words that suck!” This really frustrates me because the people who say these types of things don’t really understand the concept of NaNoWriMo. Le sigh. Oh well. I suppose that’s another blog post for another time.
What I wanted to accomplish today is to feature an author who successfully wrote her novel during NaNoWriMo and now has an award winning published book to show! Alas, here is the first in a series of featured NaNoWriMo authors. Jill Baguchinsky participated in NaNoWriMo and labored over her writing. She understood the need to spend quality time plotting, planning, and revising. Which of course, is why Jill now has a successfully published novel! Everyone loves a success story and us Muses are no different!
Published NaNoWriMo Author- Jill Baguchinsky
Winner of the Breakthrough Novel Award Contest-Jill Baguchinsky’s quirky, creepy debut!
Violet doesn’t remember much about her late mother, but she is certain of one thing: she too can see ghosts and communicate with the dead. But when Violet discovers paranormal activity in the girls’ locker room, she finds herself ill-equipped for handling the school’s ghostly echoes. Through Violet’s own investigation and with the help of some unlikely allies, Violet discovers there is a lot she doesn’t know about her special skill–and more still that can stand in the way of its power. With sharp wit and determination, Violet sets out to uncover the truth behind her school’s haunting, to finish the investigation that led to her mother’s sudden death, and to learn why the only ghost she has ever wanted to see is the one that has eluded her forever.
Now, I don’t know Jill personally, but the few times that I’ve interacted with her, she’s been just lovely! She’s enthusiastic, funny, and if you haven’t read or checked out her blog (that covers her journey to being published), you need to! She also have a pretty awesome blog post about NaNoWriMo and her feelings on it. What an awesome addition to the YA community! The excerpt above is from Goodreads, but I have actually read the novel (review to come).
There are a gazillion things I loved about Spookygirl, like the fact that Violet kicks a lot of ass and is a strong female protagonist. The book is funny, smart, and filled with well-rounded characters. The chapters are cleverly named, along with one alluding to Ghostbusters. How awesome is that?! And well, I’m just a sucker for ghosts and Ghostbusters.
That said, don’t forget to show Jill some love and congrats for her success! Oh, and if you want to, check out the links below to see the awesomeness that Jill created out of NaNoWriMo.
What NaNoWriMo authors do you love most? Who would you love to see us feature next? Leave us a comment below! We’d love to hear from you. Really!
Wishing you NaNoWriMo success,