Author’s Corner

Waucoma Author Fair _Oct 2014

Personal Statement

Being an author and a writer is a career of conundrums.  It is both intensely personal and necessarily public. Fantastically fulfilling, while at the same time being terrifying and agonizingly consuming. But, I wouldn’t trade this life of a writer for anything. I have chosen this path for better or worse.  I have carried into my writing career the same organizational and administrative skills that I have nurtured and developed in my previous careers.  I have set milestones and goals, as well as developed a strong sense of what I need to check off my list each day in order to accomplish those goals.  

 

Currently, I am dividing my writing time between children’s picture books, one emotionally charged and challenging adult novel and my blog.  I infuse my stories with a mixture of myself, blended with those in the circle of my life. Many of my stories draw from my kid’s adventures when they were little. They also connect to my own personal experiences and my passion and love of music and European culture. My personal mission statement as a writer would read:

  • Touch lives with my stories in a positive way
  • Publish my stories and become recognized as a multi-faceted author
  • Preserve my stories as part of my legacy for the next generation

 

Published Works

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Images of America: Hood River

published by Arcadia Publishing 2013, Connie Nice

 

 

 

Hood River County Museum: Looking Backward, Moving Forward

Oregon Historical Quarterly, Summer 2013,  Connie Nice

 

 

 

Dalles Mountain Ranch_September 2014

Cobalt Blue Beads 

written by Connie Nice

Columbia Center for the Arts 2014 Plein Air

Inspired by The Dalles Mountain Ranch

 

Play reading of Cobalt Blue Beads 

 

Manuscripts Currently Submitting

 

black cat face (640x480) Kurz and Katja 

They had always been together, until one day Mommy Cat tells them it is time to find families of their own. Excitement quickly fades into sadness when the brother and sister kittens realize they will be separated forever. What happens next is a family adoption day miracle. A story of love and sacrifice, based on a true life event. Kurz and Katja will warm your heart.

 

Play excerpt from Kurz and Katja

 

Danny, Duck and I: The Desert Adventure Danny duck and I (800x727)

There is nothing like the adventures of a child and their make-believe friends. Follow along with Danny, Duck and I as they journey to the desert for a play-date with the rabbits, coyotes and roadrunners. But the adventure is not yet over when they stumble across a set of footprints in the sand.  What...or who do they belong to?  The answer will surprise and delight you, as they open up their hearts to befriend an unlikely and unlovable character.

 Play excerpt from Danny, Duck and I: The Desert Adventure

 

Works in Progress 

Magnum Opus

Musical Rose on the KeysErin Burrows’ journey has always been deeply connected to her passion and love for music. From her small town beginning, to the stages of classical Europe; the people, places, and experiences in her life intertwine and play out as musical movements that lead up to the grand finale. Magnum Opus is an adult romantic novel richly steeped in the world of European culture, classical music, love, disappointments and finding your true self, even when all odds are against you.

 

Play excerpt from Magnum Opus

 

What's This Grandpa? 

First in a series of creative non-fiction children's books.  Each book will create a multi-generational and/or multi-cultural interaction based on the discovery of a historical Fruit Box Label object. The goal of this series is to instill in kids a deeper understanding of how stories and objects from the past connect with their present and the future.  The first book focuses on a little boy who finds a stack of fruit box labels in the closet. He and his grandpa eventually recycle them into something very special for grandma.

Play excerpt from What's This Grandpa?  

 

Guardians of the Tower

Nordlingen_054 - Copy (638x640)Inspired by the discovery of a real-life tower cat named Wendlestein in Nordlingen, Germany this past summer, this series of young children's chapter books follows the lives of generations of tower cats sent from St. Gertrude (patron saint of cats, gardeners and travelers)  to protect precious historical archives, documents and objects from the vermin of the night and unscrupulous people during the day. Wendlestein's partner in battle is the town mascot...a pig. In the spirit of the Redwall series, Guardians of the Tower is sure to be a hit with both young and old.

Play excerpt from Guardians of the Tower

 

Contact Me

Connie Nice

nice_ck (at) live.com / 541-806-3440

621 NW Loop Road

White Salmon, WA  98672 

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