On Friday, February 27th, eighth grade students at Amity Middle School Orange learned about the process of writing from the author of six books for young adult readers. Shelley Stoehr, a resident of West Haven and the wife of Christian McCarthy, an 8th grade math teacher at Amity Middle School Orange, shared the process she uses in her fiction writing.
Shelley Stoehr’s most recent titles include Saving Bone and Weresisters which she co-authored with John Patrick Kennedy. Shelley read from both of these titles to explain an author’s use of voice. Roenaja Moore, an eighth grader, commented that she liked the description of author’s voice and particularly enjoyed hearing the author read from Weresisters.
Keith Norton, another student, asked Shelley what techniques she uses when she doesn’t know where the story needs to go next. Shelley described a process she uses called “What if…” where she places the characters in different scenarios to see if she can overcome writer’s block. Alexandra Bonat said that this portion of the talk intrigued her the most.
Another eighth grade student, Mounisha Anumolu, really liked the motto for life that Shelley shared with them. “Find something you love and do it every day.” For Shelley Stoehr it is clearly writing that she most enjoys. She starts each of her days by writing. Her other book titles include the following: Crosses, Tomorrow Wendy, Wannabe, and Weird on the Outside. All of Shelley’s books are available online. She maintains a website at www.shelleystoehr.com.