Christiana Doucette

“Christy’s writing is like listening to your favorite ballad sung by your idol: a cloud of familiarity hit by lightning. She gives old metaphors new life and demands the readers feel every intended emotion.” — Lizzie Thornton, an editor for Cardigan Press


What genres/age ranges do you typically gravitate toward in your writing?


I love poetry and all things Middle Grade.


As a first grader, I remember giggling on the couch with my mom over Jack Prelutsky’s The Baby Ug’s are Hatching. I still get shivers down my spine every time I read The Highway Man, and tear up reading selections from Spoon River Anthology. When I was six my mom gave me my first poetry book, and I started scribbling down groan-worthy attempts at verse. Hopefully I’ve improved since writing epic poems about frogs, dogs, and bogs.


I love the whole Middle Grade age genre. I am revising a Middle Grade Fantasy focused on a sister’s love and her righteous anger at those who are trying to hurt her family. And, I’m also drafting a Middle Grade Historical Fiction Novel in Verse. Combining both the Middle Grade age range with the Novel in Verse format is checking all the boxes for me. Middle Grade mixed with the fun of research, the undercurrent of hope, and the lyricism of poetry makes my heart sing.


In what ways is your poem in Byline Legacies similar and/or different from your usual writing?


My submission to Cardigan Press juxtaposes the excitement of discovery with the hard work of revision. It leaves my usual Middle Grade writing to focus on the process authors experience.


How can readers best follow your writing journey at this time?


Currently I’m querying a Middle Grade Fantasy Novel, and a fun little chapter book parody of Don Quixote. You can follow my publishing (and homeschooling) adventures on Twitter or Instagram

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