My first ever novel, The Silk Romance, was published by a small independent publisher, MuseItUp Publishing, in Canada. Through MIU I made some great friends across the pond, including Marsha West, a romantic suspense writer from Texas; Susan Bernhardt, who writes cosy mysteries and lives in Wisconsin; Chuck Bowie, who writes thrillers and lives in New Brunswick; and Janet Glaser (aka JQ Rose) who writes mysteries and flits between Michigan and Florida. Chuck and Janet have even made it over here to Yorkshire and we’ve met in real life, which was brilliant!
JQ Rose is back with news about her non-fiction children’s book, Girls Succeed.
Great to host you again, JQ – even if only virtually!
Girls Succeed, a non-fiction children’s book by JQ Rose
Thanks for hosting me, Helena!
Girls Succeed, a non-fiction book for middle-grade girls, is filled with dreams and passion to inspire, entertain and empower girls. Sixteen remarkable career women in a variety of occupations share their stories within these pages. Explore careers which include women who have discovered cures to stamp out disease, made people laugh, earned Olympic and Paralympic gold medals and crossed the USA in the cab of an 18-wheeler.
In a sense today is the fulfillment of a dream I have pursued since 2006 when I first conceived the idea of a book about careers to inspire girls.
When I worked at a summer camp in West Michigan, I met so many smart, energetic girls who had the passion and potential to be leaders in whatever field they chose to enter. I wanted to encourage them to keep that drive and not give up on their dreams. The women in the book have obstacles to overcome to make their dream jobs come true and mentors who helped them along the path to success. These wonderful role models will inspire girls to dream big.
The book begins with the story shared by Pati Pierucci, horse trainer, teacher, and dressage competitor. It is a wink and a nod to the first novel I wrote in seventh grade about a horse. My grandmother, my mentor, took all those hand-written pages and typed them up for me. When I saw the manuscript in that form, I knew I wanted to be a writer. Well, it’s taken a few years, but I’m living my dream now.
Whether the story is fiction or non-fiction, J.Q. Rose is “focused on story.” She offers readers chills, giggles and quirky characters woven within the pages of her mystery novels. Her published mysteries are Deadly Undertaking, Terror on Sunshine Boulevard and Dangerous Sanctuary released by Books We Love Publishing.
Using her storytelling skills, she provides entertainment and information in articles featured in books, magazines, newspapers, and online magazines. With her non-fiction book for girls, Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women, she returned to her first love, writing about real people. J.Q. taught elementary school for several years and never lost the love for teaching passed down from her teacher grandmother and mother. She satisfies that aspect of her character by presenting workshops on Creative Writing and Writing Your Life Story and creating a book for life storytelling, Your Words, Your Life Story, based on her workshops. JQ decided to take the advice she gives to her workshop participants to sit down and write their stories. BWL Publishing released her memoir, Arranging a Dream, in January 2021.
Blogging, photography, Pegs and Jokers board games, and travel are the things that keep her out of trouble. She and her husband spend winters in Florida and summers up north with their two daughters, two sons-in-law, four grandsons, one granddaughter, two grand dogs, four grand cats, and one great-grand bearded dragon.
Many congratulations on release of Girls Succeed, JQ. I hope it inspires many young people to follow the path to the career of their dreams. Thanks so much for revisiting my blog!
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