Although most of her books are marketed for children L'Engle says she does not write for children - she writes for herself. I love this because I also write for myself, even laughing sometimes while writing because I find the stories that come to me are so entertaining. And it is always good to know you aren't alone. I'm always hearing "find your audience" but whether or not anyone else enjoys my writing, I know I do and that is what makes me happy.  And in the end, isn't that what it's all about? Finding your joy?

Although many authors do receive kudos and instant fame and fortune with their first novel, L'Engle didn't receive any recognition until she wrote "A Wrinkle in Time", her 11th book. I know that certainly gives me hope, now working on my 4th book.

Many people agree, and L'Engle has said many times, that her work is play. It reminds me of a quote my husband, Jim, has been known to repeat "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life." And when he heads upstairs to his office he announces "I'm going up to play."

She has been praised for her "intricate plots...a mix of science and mysticism." And when asked where she gets her ideas, she laughs and relates a story about Johann S. Bach who, when asked the same question, said "...when I get up in the morning it is all I can do to keep from tripping on them."

A wonderful writer and teacher, L'Engle passed away in 2007, just two months before her 90th birthday.

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