Genevieve Angelique

Blusher, Writer, Star-Goggles Wearer


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Own It

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”

-Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

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Twilight (Series)

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Author: Stephenie Meyer

Genre: YA (Paranormal) 

In a Snapshot: When Bella moves to Forks, she falls for the beautiful Edward Cullen. But a happy ending isn’t guaranteed. Their love must survive the ultimate test. That being, Edward wants to kill her. 

Why I picked it up and why I couldn’t put it down:

This was the first book I picked up after my baby started sleeping through the night. And oh, what a perfect YA novel to choose. I became obsessed! 

First, Bella’s teenage persona–soft bodied, clumsy, a bit socially awkward–was totally me some odd years ago. Second, I am a complete sucker for Victorian-minded gentlemen (like Edward). Third, theirs is a forbidden love story that sweeps you off your feet and leaves you breathless for more–ok, that’s a bit cliché, but I really mean it.

Fun Fact: This is the book that motivated me to (finally) start writing toward publication. Seven years later, I’m still at it. 

Who will like this? 

Paranormal fans. Romantics.

A Favorite Passage: 

“About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him-and I didn’t know how potent that part might be-that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.”

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Bird by Bird

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Author: Anne Lamott

Genre: Adult, Writing

In a Snapshot: A funny and super honest take on writing and how it affects your life.

Why I picked it up and why I couldn’t put it down:

When I attended Wisconsin’s Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) fall conference this past year, a panel of authors, illustrators, and editors spoke on their favorite books. Bird by Bird was mentioned by many of the distinguished guests. And for good reason–it’s so good! Brutally honest and yet encouraging, I could connect to Lamott’s discussion on isolation, jealousy, and what she coined “sh%&!y first drafts.”

Who will like this? 

Writers and those interested in the writing process.

Some Favorite Quotes: 

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a sh%&!y first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it.”

“E.L. Doctorow said once said that ‘Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.’ You don’t have to see where you’re going, you don’t have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you.’ This is right up there with the best advice on writing, or life, I have ever heard.”


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Fangirl

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Author: Rainbow Rowell

Genre: NA (New Adult)

In a Snapshot: Cather, an introverted and gifted college freshman, writes fan fiction while learning how to navigate college, love, and family drama.

Why I picked it up and why I couldn’t put it down:

Young adult writers everywhere were practically stamping their heart-patterings for this book all over the internet. And since I enjoyed Rowell’s Eleanor & Park so much, I figured this was going to be good.

I was wrong. This book is AMAZING. I mean, I love it as a writer. I love it as a reader. As an introvert. A nerd. A romantic. You just have to read this one.

I really mean it. YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK.

Who will like this? 

Anybody who loves reading. Or writing. Or ideally loves both–and relates to being a nerd.

Oh, and everyone else.

Favorite Quotes: 

“Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and mildly socially retarded, I’m a complete disaster.”

“To really be a nerd, she’d decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.”

“Months are different in college, especially freshman year. Too much happens. Every freshman month equals six regular months—they’re like dog months.” 

“That was the beauty in stacking up words–they got cheaper, the more you had of them.” 

“Ugg boots. In fashionable places, you have to pretend that you’re over them, or that you’ve always hated them. But in Nebraska, you can still be happy about new Ugg boots. That’s nice. There’s no end of the innocence.” 


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Fancy Pics, Strange Food, & Writing Delusions: A Pitch Wars Bio

Pitch Wars has begun! It’s run by the fabulous Brenda Drake, and it’s a great opportunity for authors to connect with other talented writers, gifted mentors, and amazing agents. So here’s a little unofficial Pitch Wars bio about me–because this year, I pitched!

Genevieve's BookshelfThis is my fancy picture of myself

Note the much-loved copy of Beauty by Robin McKinley hugged closest to my heart

Love

IMG_3008This is a vintage picture of myself (well, 1.5 years old)

Note my entire family all in one spot, smiling at the same time

Awesome

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 This is what I DON’T eat every day

Note all the fermentable foods I have to avoid to keep myself from autoimmune purgatory

Sounds fun, yes?

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 This is what keeps me from wallowing in grain envy

Note the grain free flours which include coconut, almond, and tapioca

Interesting, yes?

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This is what I always thought writing would look like

Note the absent scribbled pieces of papers, cold cups of tea, and baggy sweatpants

I’d still like a typewriter like that though

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This is what I keep working on as a writer

Note this advice is best used like a band-aid, it hurts less if you just chop all at once

Sorry, it still stings

A wonderful thank you to Brenda Drake for organizing the Pitch Wars. You are amazing.

So are all you mentors, agents, & author-hopefuls…click here to see more Pitch Wars bios. 🙂