Episode 23: Finding your people with Jessica Speer

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Do you know who your people are?

We’re still talking about community and today’s guest reinforces this whole conversation about how It’s so important to find your people. In writing AND in life – and sometimes if you get lucky you can find both at once.

My guest today is in a completely different genre, but she has a similar story to me and so many mystery writers I know about finding her group and how much it helped her grow as a writer and grow her career.

Jessica Speer is a children’s book author whose books strengthen social awareness and help kids and families navigate common struggles. Her award-winning writing engages and entertains readers by combining the stories of preteens and teens with fun activities and practical insights. She has a master’s degree in social sciences and explores social-emotional topics in ways that connect with kids, schools and families.

Jessica is regularly featured in and contributes to media outlets on topics related to preteens/teens, parenting, social-emotional topics and friendship. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two daughters.

We talked about:

• How the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators helped launch and sustain her career

• Why having a support system is so critical for writers who sit alone at their desks most days

• How she uses the resources within this group to continuously improve her writing

• The opportunities that groups like this offer

And so much more. If you’re a writer looking for your people, you don’t want to miss this episode.

You can find out more about Jessica here: https://jessicaspeer.com/

And the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators here: https://www.scbwi.org/

You can find me at cateconte.com

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