I’m a creative. Meaning I must create things to stay in a healthy mental place. Whether it’s words on a page, planting flowers, travel, or pulling out my drill for a DIY project, I must create. I use this blog to condense these activities and utilize my words in the process. I hope you find as much joy in these pages I do.
A running list of all my blog posts.
Credentials are varied. I owe much to my folks who taught me early on to do the work and the rest will come. I’ve traveled extensively inside the USA and beyond to Canada, Italy, Zambia, & Nicaragua. I’ve worked as a catastrophe claims adjuster, pizza maker, contractor, and hotel attendant. I love to volunteer, whether it’s camp, kids, or mom support. I obtained my Bachelors in Business from Davenport University. The latest chapter is starting a family with my husband, much to our cat’s annoyance. My husband is my rock of encouragement, thank you Mr.
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Writing story. Since a child I have been an avid reader and writer and in 2013 I joined a newly formed writing group at my local library. Their encouragement and my own competiveness pushed me to write my first completed book, which I am currently querying. I use Twitter @HSDeurloo as a means to connect to the writing and publishing community beyond my local area. My favorite reads include, Pride & Prejudice, Harry Potter, Redwall, and all things Tamora Peirce. I prefer to read and write in the young adult and middle grade levels.
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Speaking engagements. Of all the segments of writing, brainstorming by far is my favorite. My idea notebooks are a testimony to all the stories I have yet to find time to capitalize on. To share my insights I have created a 30 minute presentation on my brainstorming techniques for a work partially begun, up to 10,000 words. Please contact me if you would like more information on service area and rates.
Workshop details can be found here.
A note on diversity. While I may fit the stereotypical bill for your regular white, female, heterosexual, writer I take deep delight in exploring and learning new cultures, values, and ways of life. I agree wholeheartedly with the adage, “write what you know,” however, I firmly believe you can learn what you don’t know as well. In the age of the internet, air travel, and skype there is little excuse for the lack of diversity in the publishing world. So I will continue to learn, write, and live in a way that promotes all cultures.
Don’t let anyone or anything cut into your time with words. -Flannery O’Connor
To those of you working toward a goal. Never give up. Find encouragement among your peers. Learn without ceasing. Do the work and the rest will come.
Sincerely, Hannah Deurloo