I am so beyond thrilled that my contemporary verse novel for middle-grade, POCKET FULL OF POPPIES, was chosen by Joy McCoullough-Carranza for PitchWars this year! It has been such an amazing few months of learning, revising, and making wonderful new writing friends.
My PitchWars novel is a story about a girl who tries to hide her worsening Tourette syndrome. Really, it is about so much more than that, but I'm trying to give you the short version here, folks.
It is probably important for me to mention that I was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome three months after I started the first draft of POCKET FULL OF POPPIES. I've had symptoms since childhood, but was never diagnosed nor did I understand that the things I was doing/feeling/thinking could be attributed to a disorder.
The more open I became about my diagnosis, the more I discovered what a misunderstood thing TS is and my desire to write a story where readers could emotionally walk in Tourette syndrome's shoes grew until I could contain it no more.
I wrote it because it was therapeutic for me.
I wrote it so others could understand.
I wrote it because I couldn't not write it.
And now . . . check out the rest of these amazing Pitch Warriors in the Blog Hop
and learn why they wrote their PitchWars novels.