ABOUT MY WRITING
Growing up I loved reading. Stories took me to faraway places where one day I could captain a pirate ship and the next I could find the murderer, and at the end of the week I could use my magic to save the world. I fell in love with the words. I devoured poetry books that, for me, became how story and song intersected.
It didn’t take long before I wanted to tell my own stories: ones that I hadn’t found anywhere else. From elementary school through high school, I used writing to get me out of jams (thank god for an that Precalc final with an essay question “write your own mathematical fairy tale”) or to open doors or just to take me away from my sadness.
In undergrad at Syracuse University, I majored in Music and minored in Creative Writing (my two loves) and was able to take workshops with two amazing writers: George Saunders and Robert O’Connor. After I’d graduated and worked in the real world for a bit, I decided to pursue my Masters and this time I’d let writing take the lead. Even though I hadn’t really considered myself a children’s writer, I ended up in the Writing for Children program at the New School. While there, I studied with some amazing professors including David Levithan, Sarah Weeks and Tor Seidler.
This background is just to give you context on where I’m coming from in my thoughts and posts about writing. Writing is a very personal process and it’s different for everyone.
My best analogy is that when you start a story, it’s like jumping off a cliff.
You just have to have faith that you can fly.
(And faith that if you can’t, you’ll find a way to patch yourself back up and start over again).
The Ice Maiden’s Tale
Since the release of my middle grade, fairy tale adventure book, “The Ice Maiden’s Tale” is such big deal for me, I gave it, it’s very own page! I’ll post all the news and links over there.
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Podcast With @ DIY MFA “Writing a Modern Day Fairy Tale — Interview with Lisa Preziosi“
Reviews of the Ice Maiden’s Tale!
@ Bookish Bron
“Overall this was a fun read that, despite the ice, left me feeling warm and nostalgic.”
@ Jill Jemmett’s Book Blog
“I like the way this story brought a fairytale/folk tale into the modern world…This is a good story with a unique premise.”
@Le Coeur de l’Artiste
“Preziosi writes for both a youthful audience and adult when weaving this captivating tale. You’ll settle yourself in a chair not unlike Mrs. Kinder does and not want to leave until the very end.”
“I encourage anyone who enjoys storytelling to read this book.”
“The characters were easy to fall in love with. I couldn’t put this book down. I also loved the twist at the end and that it wasn’t predictable.”
“The power of hope and storytelling and family wind throughout the pages of the book, and they’re entwined in the heart of the stories. This is going on my bookshelf with Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm.”
“Wonderful story that pulls you in to its pages from start to finish. Great for both the young and the young at heart…”
“Reading this book will conjure the same feeling you had as a kid, watching the Neverending Story or The Princess Bride. It’s such a pure story, story telling at its best.”
POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE – 2017
The last few years, I’ve been participating in the Popsugar Reading Challenge – a sort of scavenger hunt for reading. My posts include book reviews and reading suggestions.
Posts about political and social issues.
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