Hi! My name is Elizabeth Mueller and I'm a YA Author. Why YA? I love connecting with today's youth in person as well as through my writing.
I started writing when I was 9. It was my way of coping with the tragic abuse in my home. I've always enjoyed getting lost in my books. It is my goal to share my life's experiences through my stories about enduring problems, failing at life and then coming out strong at the end. But is there really an end? I hope you can feel the strength in my characters as they grow!
A little something personal to sink your fangs into:
Write Here In Ephraim (writers conference in UT), I participated in an author panel. In the panel, an awesome writer had asked what got us into writing. When it was my turn to answer, I said that growing up in an abusive home drove me to escaping through my writing. My intention for saying this--and I'm not ashamed to admit --is because I know how it feels to be belittled and useless. I am not bitter about my past but grateful.
The only thing that makes me bitter is the knowledge that kids are still abused!
I've reinvented my parenting, I've reinvented my confidences, and I've reinvented myself.
My point is that, yes, even after being subjected to this awfulness throughout my entire childhood, HAPPINESS is rightfully yours. I am a published author. SUCCESS is rightfully yours.
It is PROBABLE as well as POSSIBLE to break these hellish chains and become a strong and happy person! ♥
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Smashwords book reviews by Elizabeth Mueller
on March 17, 2012
**WARNING** this review may contain spoilers!
Cindy Hogan is a brand new author out in market. Her debut novel, Watched, is unforgettable, gripping, and swoon-worthy.
Enter geeky 15 year-old Christy, a girl who's won a scholarship for a school trip to Washington, D.C. She should have listened to the little nagging voice when it screamed not to sneak into an old ritzy hotel to use the restroom--it lands her right in the middle of a gruesome murder that haunts her thoughts at every turn.
Hogan did a fantastic job at building characterization with every one of the characters. Christy endures massive guilt trips over which boy she should like better; stunning and confident Alex, or open and charming Rick. What a battle!
I'm amazed at the depth of mind constructing Hogan had written for Christy--she is amazingly well-rounded to the point I wish I could reach into the book and hug her. Christy is the same age as my daughter!
The pacing and plot were well placed--including the welcoming lull of romantic action between Christy and her two boys along with heated jealousy from bully Kira, and Summer.
Hogan wraps it nicely with some intense action scenes that made me cry over Christy and her lost innocence of being thrust into the middle of a blood bath.
Well done, Cindy!