Sheila McGrory-Klyza


Sheila McGrory-Klyza was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a BA in English and French and received her MA in English from the College of William and Mary. She has taught at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, the University of Vermont, Middlebury College, and the New England Young Writers Conference. Her poems, essays, and articles have been published in national journals and magazines. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, but also lived in Vermont for many years and makes frequent visits to France. She likes to cook, garden, and travel, and writes about these and other adventures on her blog The Vermont Epicure.

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My favorite thing to do is spend time with my two daughters Isabel and Faye. We all like to be active outside and enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, and cross country skiing, depending on the season. I also love to spend time with my friends, and to travel. Cooking is another passion, and I especially like to combine the two and explore new places and cultures through their food.
Describe your desk
My desk is a mix of messy piles and scraps of notes, with an orderly arrangement of photos and accessories in the background. I guess this combination does reflect how my mind works because my creative process can be kind of messy, but I like to have some sense of order controlling it all, or at least appearing to. Two of my favorite things on my desk are a pair of clay pinch pots my daughters made when they were little and they now hold an assortment of paper clips, seashells, coins, stones, and some marbles that were from my own childhood.
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Miming in French
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,240. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Prejudice & Racism
When Livvie moves to France with her mom after her parents’ divorce, she feels like she’ll never fit in. For one thing, everyone in her new school speaks a different language. But soon she makes friends with another girl, Malika, who’s an outsider too. Malika is French, but she’s also a Muslim. Together, with the help of a mysterious street mime, the two girls learn the meaning of true friendship.

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