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 one emotionally charged and challenging adult novel, several children’s books and my blog. I infuse all my writing 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 cooking, 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
Images of America: Hood River
published by Arcadia Publishing 2013, Connie Nice
Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Really Did That?
contributing author, Connie Nice
published by Chicken Soup for the Soul, 2017
Hospitality Cat / page 176
Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Wonder of Christmas: 101 Stories about the Joy of the Season
October 16, 2018, by Amy Newmark / contributing author Connie Nice
Three Christmas Miracles / page 10
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Yes, You Can Have the Recipe: Favorite Recipes from the Husum Riverside Bed & Breakfast
by Connie Nice / self-published August 31, 2018
Hood River County Museum: Looking Backward, Moving Forward
Oregon Historical Quarterly, Summer 2013, Connie Nice
Silent Applause of Butterflies
Columbia Center for the Arts 2014 Plein Air / 2014 Anthology
Cobalt Blue Beads (page 18)
written by Connie Nice
Inspired/ Dalles Mountain Ranch
The Leather Leaves of August
Columbia Center for the Arts 2015 Plein Air / 2015 Anthology
Left Behind (page 26)
Written by Connie Nice
Inspired by Sakura Ridge Farm and Lodge
Chaos and Miraculous Stars
Columbia Center the Arts 2016 Plein Air / 2016 Anthology
The Treasure Hunt (page 27)
Written by Connie Nice
Inspired by the Huston Museum
Savor the Season
Special seasonal supplement to the Ellensburg Daily Record
Featured article; European Christmas Adventure, page 25
Works in Progress
Erin 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. Currently in revision / final draft stage
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 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. Currently in second draft stage.
Guardians of the Tower
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. Currently in outline stage.
When Bumblebees Sleep
A classic style day ~ night picture book about life in a garden. The story follows insects and animals from their daytime activities to their night time rest. Currently in final draft revisions.
Danny, Duck, and I Adventure Series
The very first stories that I ever attempted to create and publish were inspired by my son Aaron when he was young. His daily adventures with his beloved doll Danny and his side-kick Duck (actually a stuffed swan) brought hours of laughter to our home. I have taken his childhood imagination and created a series of adventure stories for children of all ages. Currently in a full review and revision stage.
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