“I love writing and do not know why it is considered such a difficult, agonizing profession.” – Caroline B. Cooney
Born in Connecticut on this date in 1947, Cooney is an award-winning author of Young Adult fiction in a wide range of genres ranging from mystery and suspense to romance and horror. Her 2008 book Diamonds in the Shadow was named a 2008 ALA/YALSA Quick Pick and was a nominee for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, but she is best known for her early 1990s novel The Face on the Milk Carton, which sold over 3 million copies and was made into a television movie.
Although she got off to a rather rocky start in her writing career, once she “connected,” she never dropped off the writing map again. To date she’s published over 60 books and many dozens of short stories – something she first thought might be what she would do throughout her writing life.
“I wrote 8 full-length adult novels in my twenties. None of them were published,” she said. “And so, I decided to write short stories because they got rejected quicker.”
But, of course, they did not get rejected and led to her writing "published" novels as well. Cooney said she first knew she would be a writer in the 6th grade and never gave up on the dream even with those early publishing issues. “I’m one of the lucky writers,” she said. “Plots come easily to me.”
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