I am so excited to host the author of POSSESS and my good friend, Gretchen McNeil:

Gretchen McNeil is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4’s Code Monkeys and she currently sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk. She’s a founding member of the vlog group the YARebels where she can be seen as “Monday” and she writes…occasionally. Her YA horror/paranormal POSSESS debuts with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins, August 23, 2011.

I just recently finished POSSESS and let me tell you…LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! She is currently hosting a giveaway for an ARC on her blog. Go check it out here.

Now, on to her advice. Take it away Gretchen:

Don’t be afraid to be yourself. 
I’ve always been kind of a spazz.  When I was a kid, adults were always trying to reign me in, tell me to control my energy, lower my voice, don’t be so crazy all the time!  I felt like I was wrong somehow.  Not doing something wrong, but that I was actually just WRONG. 
Then I grew up and embraced my inner spazz.  It’s who I am and I’m quite happy to admit it.  I wish I’d been able to learn that lesson earlier.  

I love this – be yourself. Trust me, Gretchen is one of the coolest peeps I know and definitely, being true to herself is why!  

Want to share your own advice for kids? Leave it in the comments or snatch the jpg and do your own post. I’ll be doing giveaways on Fridays throughout the month, giving various book swag prizes. So leave a comment and let me know if you do your own post!

Nisa did just that and posted her own contest here. Check it out. And THANK YOU Nisa for your support and friendship.

For more great advice for kids, be sure to check out 101 Success Secrets for Kids – featuring advice from me and hundreds of kids about school, friends, family and life. The book features tip sheets, quizzes, and fun crafts all designed to help kids embrace life and live to their potential. Available from Prufrock Press, Amazon and booksellers everywhere.

What would you tell a kid?


7 thoughts on “Possess Author Gretchen McNeil Dishes Some Advice…

  1. Ha! I’m good at that already. 😉 But I didn’t embrace my inner spazz until recently. That’s great advice, Gretchen, and I’m psyched for Possess! August will be here before you know it! 😉

    Being yourself is the best advice I could give anyone.

  2. If I’d learned that lesson earlier I would have saved myself years of anxiety. I was always so concerned about embarrassing myself. Now? I let my freak flag fly, and recognize that I will look like a dork every so often. It’s worth it. 🙂

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