Gwendolyn Heasley is the author of Don't Call Me Baby published by Harper Teen. The book is about 15-year-old Imogene who can't stand her mother blogging about her. When Imogene's English teacher's assignment is to write a blog, Imogene tries to think up ways to use her blog to get back at her mother for all the embarrassing things her mother has written about her.
The book takes place in Naples, FL where Heasley lives. However, some of the characters travel to Minneapolis where Heasley grew up. Heasley remembers the infamous blizzard on Halloween 1991. She describes the blizzard that most Minnesotans will never forget as, "The greatest and most fun snowstorm of my life."
Growing up, Heasley was obsessed with The Baby-sitter's Club series written by Ann M. Martin, and she was a teen bookworm. She studied English in college and has a masters in journalism. In January 2014, she graduated from the Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. In the past, she also taught college courses. Heasley is married and has a four month old daughter named Arrietty.
Heasley's other books include: Where I Belong, the e-novella sequel entitled The Art of Goodbye, and A Long Way From You. A character in A Long Way From You is from Fergus Falls, Minesota. It takes Heasley approximately eight months to write and edit a book. She said, "Three-fourths of writing is revising." Some of Heasley's books are available at a St. Paul Public Library and a Ramsey County Library. Heasley is planning a trip to Minnesota in May. To contact her, visit www.gwendolynheasley.com.
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