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Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator (Paperback)
Throughout junior high and high school, I spent a great deal of time playing the piano (I was one of those odd kids who actually liked piano lessons), and after competing in numerous music competitions, I attended the University of Michigan on a music scholarship. Literature won out over music, however, and I switched my major to English after my freshman year.
After completing a B.A. in English, I edited reference books for an educational publishing company in Detroit for several years, after which I returned to school to complete an M.F.A. in creative writing at American University (Washington, D.C.). After graduate school, I moved to England to work as a healthcare news journalist; I lived in Oxford for about two years, then moved to London to write for an online educational publication. The opportunity to travel and live in a variety of settings certainly furthered my development as a writer. Ive also held numerous odd jobs -- piano player in a shopping mall, assembly line worker for General Motors, waitress, preschool teacher -- that have helped generate numerous ideas for characters and situations to explore in fiction.
The idea for the story of Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator first emerged while I was living in San Francisco and had recently been laid off from a dot com editorial position. With quite a bit of extra time on my hands, I found myself wandering into a store that sold antique typewriters, and walked out with the idea of an eccentric girl whos fiercely attached to a magic typewriter (or a typewriter that she wishes were magic). I knew right away that this typewriter would represent the loss of someone very close most likely a parent. As the story evolved and I got to know Gildas buoyant, life-affirming character, I realized that I wanted to write a story like the ones that had most moved me in my youth a book that made me laugh while also addressing the reality of grief and loss as a part of life. I was also interested in a theory that people who lose a parent at a young age are sometimes more driven and willing to take risks than those who have the security of two parents (while others may respond in a nihilistic sense, by assuming that theres no point in making a big effort in life since they, too, may die young). In a sense, Gilda and Juliet initially evolved as representations of these two very opposite responses to coping with death.
In the second book in the series, Gilda Joyce and the Ladies of the Lake, I drew upon my experience teaching English literature and creative writing at a Catholic girls school. In this novel, Gilda reluctantly agrees to attend an elite private school on scholarship. It isnt long before she finds herself in the role of investigative reporter for the school newspaper, immersed in a mystery surrounding the drowning death of a student.
While theres certainly much of mys
|Genre||JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories|
|Genre Detail||Juvenile Grades 4-6 Ages 9-11|
|Publisher Date||2006-11-02 00:00:00.0|
|Unit weight||0.5 lb|
|Series Name||Gilda Joyce|
|Series Volume Number||1|
|Country of Origin||United States|
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Buying this for my grand daughter. She is very interested in the pychic world so thought she might find this book interesting.
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