From milkshakes to movies, a lot of things in life are better “shared.”

I grew up in a home where reading was more of a shared delight than a solo activity. My mother was a children’s literature lover; my father—a natural-born storyteller. She read aloud to my sisters and I; he spun entire sagas out of thin air at bedtime. TV wasn’t a big part of life. Make-believe was, and words were just another way of creating magic, together.

Reading remained so relational for me that, in my college years, I worked in children’s bookstores as a way to share my passion. I hand-sold my favorite titles, led story times and book clubs, dressed up as picture book characters, and hosted storybook parties.

In time, though, the travel bug bit. I ran away to Europe—the landscape of fairytales! I backpacked the continent, studied abroad in England, worked as an au pair in Italy, and finally settled in France. And, quite by surprise, I realized voilà !  I had a few stories of my own, ready to be shared.

Today, it is my great privilege to be represented by literary agent Christa Heschke of McIntosh & Otis, New York.

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Interviews:

“How I Got My Agent”

http://www.juliehedlund.com/how-i-got-my-agent-katelyn-aronson

Representation:

McIntosh & Otis Literary Agency, New York

www.mcintoshandotis.com

Christa Heschke

www.christaheschke.blogspot.com

Memberships:

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

www.scbwi.org

Julie Hedlund’s 12 x 12 Challenge

www.12x12challenge.com

Authors Guild

www.authorsguild.org