Twelve-year-old Jasmine adores her photographer father and wants to be an artist just like him. But when Dad abandons the family, Jasmine is sent to spend the summer with her Uncle on a Pacific Northwest Island. Soon, Jasmine is learning stained glass from island glass artist, Opal, and thinking she might just be developing a crush on Island boy, Cole. But, it’s not until Jasmine finds herself mentoring another young artist that she can truly let go of her father and call herself an artist by her own terms.
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Here are some thoughts from Mindy on Writing and Life:
Favorite thing about writing a first draft:
Best thing about writing for kids and/or teens:
Imagination and creativity
One word that describes your path to publication:
If I could have two dream careers, I’d be an author and:
If I could snap my fingers and solve one of the problems here on earth, it would be:
Abuse in all forms
One question I wish I had a definitive answer to:
Why do pets live such a short life compared to ours?
Best thing about being a child:
Worst thing about being a child:
Confinement to other's schedules and plans
Best thing about being a teenager:
Worst thing about being a teenager:
Not having your own place
Most memorable teen moment:
Working at Six Flags in the Games Department on hot St Louis evenings
One thing I'd like to say to my teen self:
Don't compare yourself to others
A quote I live by:
We make a living by what we make, we make a life by what we give.--Winston Churchill
My dream vacation:
Hawaii for at least two weeks
In My Perfect World
Everyone would get a massage and a well-cooked meal at least once a week.
There would be an abundance of nature and freedom to explore.
No one would be deprived of creative support.
Every child would have a family who loved them.
No one would ever hurt.
Health care would be free for everyone.
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