Working title: Shatterproof
Cancer. It’s not a word seventeen-year-old Dell Marshall expected to hear. As an avid runner, she’s used to pushing herself through a certain amount of pain, but she suspects going through chemo will be nothing like that. Her boyfriend, Charlie, is a photographer, ready to capture the truth and wonder of life. But Dell can’t imagine how he’ll find beauty in what she’s about to endure. As her treatment progresses, Dell grows weary of living life like it’s a battlefield. But that doesn’t mean she’s giving up. Sometimes it takes not knowing what tomorrow will hold to make you realize what’s worth fighting for today.
Having written stories since childhood, I have long been passionate about words. After majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing, I embarked on a career as an editor at an oncology-based advertising agency. Outside of work, I gravitated toward children’s literature, with a focus on young adult novels. Dell’s story (working title: Shatterproof) is the product of a decade of learning, living, and loving.
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“I suspect that what you’ve developed over your years of writing is voice. Apart from the craft items that you’ve mastered (dialog, plot, pacing, etc.) your voice is distinctive and strong and that’s so crucial to a great story.”
—Kathryn Erskine, 2011, following the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua