Hi Guys: We have a great guest today. CTRWA’s own, Marian Lanouette.
Hi folks, Marian Lanouette here. When Jennifer Fusco asked me to guest post today, I had to think long and hard on a subject. I racked my brain trying to find a subject that entertained both readers and writers. Mentorships popped into my head.
Throughout my life I’ve had many mentors. Some great, some I can’t even remember their names. Maybe at the time they didn’t realize they were mentors, but they definitely were to me. Laugh if you’d like, but my kindergarten teacher Ms. Portney was the first if you don’t count my Mom. She encouraged each student and never lost her cool.
Move forward a few years and my third grade teacher Mrs. Wright became my favorite teacher of all time. I attended catholic schools and sometimes a slower student can get left behind the others. Mrs. Wright made sure that didn’t happen. One of the smartest students in class picked on another student. A student you didn’t grasp the concept being taught right away. She made fun of her for a wrong answer when she was called upon to answer. Mrs. Wright immediately chastised that student and created the one on one hour each day. What was the one on one hour? Well, the class’s most brilliant students were paired with students who had difficulty in a subject. Say you were brilliant in math, than for that hour you tutored a fellow student who wasn’t. I excelled in her class and carried her lesson with me along in life. When I moved forward in my career and supervised a staff, I made sure to teach them what I had learned along the way.
Many years later, I found myself being mentor again. I feel I’m at the beginning of my writing career and look forward to many years of writing. I now have three books published and I’m working on two more. I would not have been published this soon in my career if it wasn’t for my mentor, Thea and the writing groups that nurtured me along the way. I’ve found writers as a whole to be the most giving, friendliest group of people I’ve ever met. In the CTRWA each member celebrates not only their successes but they celebrate yours too.
If you are a writer, an artist, a photographer, a teacher or even if you’re unsure where you’re heading, seek out a mentor so you too can grow to your full potential. I still seek out mentors as well as mentor others.
Sharing knowledge, increases yours while making friends that last a lifetime.
One of ten children, Marian took to writing to explore new and adventurous places. While her friends traveled on planes for vacation, Marian traveled in books. With an overactive imagination she started creating her own characters and stories. If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Mystery is the first book in the series
. Her second book in the series, Burn in Hell is now available. This month she released a novella called As the World Ends.
An avid reader, she discovered mysteries by reading the Daily News as a youngster.
Intrigued by the real life crimes, and how the police worked and eventually solved them, ignited her imagination beyond the ordinary.
Marian has many books planned for Jake Carrington and his crew. The third book in the series Mated for Life will be out sometime in 2014.