Myra McEntire lives in Nashville with her husband, two sons, and an array of animals named after fictional characters. She is most likely at this very moment trying to talk her youngest son into wearing pants. And probably losing the battle.
Born in Northeast Tennessee, I was lucky enough to grow up with a view of the Appalachian Mountains from my bedroom window. I watched a million sunsets sink behind them, and I'm connected to them in a way I can't fully explain. I know I share them with the world, but they've always felt like MINE. I'm also very picky about how one pronounces Appa-latch-cha. I've been known to scream at national news anchors when they say it incorrectly. Not that they can hear me, but it makes me feel better.
I've had my nose stuck in a book since I could hold one. L. Frank Baum (and those terrifying Flying Monkeys) influenced my wild imagination at an early age, and authors like Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary fed it and helped it grow. So did Trixie Belden mysteries, Grimm's Fairy tales, and the movies of John Hughes.
When I grew up, I wanted to be a scarecrow, then a veterinarian, and then a private detective. I always wanted to be a writer.
When I did grow up (well ... kind of anyway), I was a college admissions counselor, then a general manager for a minor league affiliate of the New York Mets, and then a volunteer and curriculum coordinator for one of Nashville's many mega-churches. The desire to write kept resurfacing, and finally broke through the day I finished HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS. Lucky for me, as an adult, there's a market for wild imaginations, especially when added to even wilder life experiences.
I am represented by Holly Root at Waxman Literary. My young adult novel, HOURGLASS, will debut May 24, 2011, with Egmont USA. It will also be published with Random House in Germany and Record in Brazil.
Visit me here: http://writingfinally.blogspot.com
Email me here: MyraMcEntire [at the good old] gmail [dot] com!