Dramaquill's All Things Writing

November 18, 2013

Barbara Park, Junie B. Jones author, dead at age 66

Before I settled into writing novels in the adult suspense genre, I dabbled in writing for children. Several of my poems were published in Hopscotch for Girls magazine, WeeOnes online, Dragonfly Spirit and My Friend Magazine.

I also enjoyed writing stories for kids and at one point thought about taking the adventures of some of my characters in chapter books, MG novels or even YA.

For research, I read a lot of books in the kidlit field, but I must say that the Junie B. Jones series, by Barbara Parks, was one of my all time favourites. June B is a hilariously charming and funny girl who’s take on life’s ordinary occurrences entertains adults as much as the children who read the books.

Today, as I checked my emails and ezines, I read about the passing of Barbara Park, the Junie B. Jones author. She was only sixty-six years of age.

It got me to thinking  not only about myself ,but about so many other writers who complain that they don’t have the time to sit down and write.

Well, we’d all better make the time. We never know how long we’ll be lucky enough to grace planet earth with our existence.

Whether you’re a Junie B. Jones fan or not, Park’s success with this series proves that great writing sells books.

Check out this article from NYdailynew.com:

If you really want to write, make the time –  for tomorrow is not guaranteed to any one of us.

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