What are Authors made of?

We all know what little girls are made of:

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What are little girls made of?

What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice,
And everything nice,
That’s what little girls are made of.

Author: Unknown

We all know what little boys are made of:

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What are little boys made of?

What are little boys made of?
Frogs and snails and puppy-dogs’ tails.

That’s what little boys are made of.

Author: Unknown

But do you know what authors are made of?

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What are authors made of?


Going the distance





Thinking outside the box

Being unorthodox

Always gracious

Feeling tenacious

Sometimes bodacious

Inherently artistic

Ever optimistic

Author: Janice Spina

We authors are different from other people in that we are always thinking of our next story, and creating scenarios and characters in our every waking hour.

I have spoken to many authors over the years and we all agree we are different, an eclectic mix. We are constantly striving to do something better each time we write.

We read, extensively, others’ work and continue to study all we can to hone our craft of writing. Our joy is in seeing others enjoy our books. And, of course, selling books like crazy! LOL!

Next time you purchase a book, think of all the work that the author put into producing the book. All you need to do is review the book wherever you purchased it. That will be like giving a gift of love to the author. I think of reviews as early Christmas gifts all year round before and after Christmas.

Watch for a cover reveal for sequel to Hunting Mariah coming soon. I am still in editing mode with this new book. It will be a little while yet before I can publish. My beta readers will be looking at it first then back to editing again.

If you haven’t read Hunting Mariah yet, please check it out online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble before you purchase the sequel. I want you to enjoy it and know what the killer is thinking and how he thinks. The sequel begins where the first book left off. There are some surprises. HuntingMarahCover6 jpg

Who said it is easy to write, edit, publish, promote all on our own? It is a daunting task at times but I, for one, love doing it all! How about you other authors out there? Do you love what you do? Tell us!


There is a new children’s book now available on Amazon as a paperback and e-bookClarence Henry the Hermit Crab. This book will make a welcome addition to school libraries for science. There are a few photos of the real Clarence Henry who lived in a fish tank in our home for nearly ten years. We added some fun, interesting, and educational facts about hermit crabs also in the back of the book.

Thank you for stopping by to read my post. I always enjoy hearing from readers. Drop me a line by email – jjspina(at)myfairpoint(dot)net or on my contact page or leave a comment below.


Blessings & Hugs!



About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 37 books: 18 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, one young adult book, written under Janice Spina, and 5 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 31 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 6 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier, The First Star 11 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-6 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION — Abby & Holly Book 2 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 7 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab, Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 1 (Drystan and Durward Save the Day) BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 All Janice's books are available on Amazon.com, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 2 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about an angel and another about a dog for ages 15+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog http://jemsbooks.blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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12 Responses to What are Authors made of?

  1. What a great poem about authors, Janice.

  2. Mae Clair says:

    LOVED that, Janice. You really nailed it with the poem and your thoughts.

  3. Jennie says:

    Wonderful poem and tribute to authors, Janice.

  4. Love your thoughts about what an author is made of!

  5. dgkaye says:

    Loved your ode to authors Janice. ❤ xx

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