M. C. Arvanitis resides in Freemont, Nebraska. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught preschool and early elementary for over thirty years until her retirement two years ago. She now spends her time writing elementary chapter books and Young Adult novels. Her short stories have been published in Skipping Stones Magazine, Totline Teaching Tales (Warren Publishing Co.), and Building Blocks for Bright Beginnings.
What genre do you write?
Anything to do with children; picture books, early reader chapter books, mid-grade fables. My first two books are about mythical characters such as elves, mermaids, fairies, and other made-up characters. I also write mid-grade/teen historical novels.
What is your writing process?
I work every day -- first I outline my book, then start writing -- I try to have at least 20 chapters of 1000-2000 words for my mid-grade books. Each chapter is read to my critique group. When I have finished the first draft I send it to my beta readers, who catch any obvious errors in the story line. I rewrite it for corrections, and self edit it several times. When I am happy with the manuscript I have it professionally line edited. -- I once more give it another edit. When I am sure it is readable I e-publish it. My last task is to put it into a print book -- than comes the hard work. Promoting.
What in the world would make a chicken smile? When Farmer Dill came to the chicken yard to choose the fattest chicken for her Sunday dinner, and when she waved her chicken hook at BFC, short for Big Fat Chicken, he certainly wasn't smiling. What could he do to convince her not to choose him to be her Chicken in the Oven?
Spend a day at the circus with a little elephant who answers questions children ask, such as what do elephants do at a circus? What do they wear, what do they eat, do they have fun, and where do they sleep?
Seventeen -year-old Hank Heaton joins up with horse wranglers on their way to western Nebraska in search of wild mustangs. Hank claims and breaks his horse, Lady. He returns to Twin Rivers but finds Becca, his sweetheart, has been taken to Missouri by her father. Hank hires on with the wranglers to drive the horses to Texas. After the trail drive, Hank plans to head for Missouri to find Becca.
Hank, sixteen, has settled with his Pa and Uncle Mac where the North and South Platte Rivers merge. Pa and Major Beams set up a trading post between the Mormon and Oregon Trails. Conflict arises between Pa and Hank when Pa remarries. Hank makes friends with a preacher’s daughter which does not set well with her father or Hank's stepmother. Hank runs away rather than go to an Eastern school.
Fernella must find her magic before her father will give his blessings to her marriage. When humans threaten the Fernpixies’ village, she and Freddie take off in his flyer to find a safe place to live. A crash leaves Freddie badly hurt. Fernella braves the dangerous Imp infected forest to find help. The shape-changer, Puk-Wud-Jie, comes to her aid but can he help her find her magic?
Twelve-year-old Hank loses his mother to cholera in 1855. When Hank’s pa leaves their Iowa homestead to find free land in Nebraska, Hank is forced to go with him. Uncle Mac brings Irish humor into Hank's life and serves as a cushion between Hank and his father. Hank tangles with thieves, meets a black trapper along the Platte, and discovers the preacher's daughter, a tomboy who doesn't like boys.
Nadeea is shorter than other Mermaids. Tormented by them, she wishes she could fly away with her fairy friends. Sir Cecil and Sadie Squarette take her to the home of the Damselflies who may have wings for her. Gwitihn, the Goat Witch, threatens her when Nadeea tries to save the Queen. When the Mers are captured by evil Sea Lions, she must decide: Will she wait for her wings or rescue the Mers?
The Claus Corporation contracted with the ELVanites to make Love Bears which are delivered to seriously ill children around the world. Only Elves with love and happiness in their hearts can make the bears properly. When the elf workers become afflicted with the Negative Disease, the Love Bears may not be made in time. Something is wrong in ELVanland. Something is terribly wrong!