A couple of days ago, I wrote about the up-and-coming Michelle Modesto, whose forthcoming YA novel is going to be awesome. Then yesterday, I was at the Terroir Creative Writing Festival in McMinnville, OR, where I met another YA author, Jennifer M. Hartsock. And gang, I’m telling you now, if you’re a YA fan, put her on your list, too.
I haven’t seen anything of her novel, Battleground, but I’ve been browsing her blog and watching her YouTube series, The YA Publication Project, and I’m enjoying her enthusiasm and ambition and professionalism and honesty — it’s fascinating, refreshing, and inspiring. She hits all the conferences and festivals, she writes and publishes widely, she’s interned for Ashland Creek Press and run a student newspaper column (which brought back memories of my own student journalism days) . . . . In short, she works damn hard, which is what you have to do if you’re going to call yourself a writer.
I don’t think it’ll be long before she lands an agent and a book deal, but in the meantime, she already has a lot to offer, so you should get to know her now. If nothing else, subscribe to her video series on YouTube — if you’re new to writing, you’ll find a lot of great information there, and if you’re an old pro, you’ll find some good reminders of craft. (Beginner’s Mind, gang!)