Most high school seniors are focused on writing history research papers, literary analysis essays, and lab reports. For Gretchen Hohmeyer (Laurel Springs Academy for Gifted & Talented, class of 2012), writing goes beyond academic assignments. She is a passionate young writer who has already published two novels and one short story.
In 2009, Gretchen participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and completed her book, Mind Evolution, in an astonishing two weeks and self-published it in 2010. In June of 2011, she self-published the sequel, Breaking Barriers. Her novels are also available for purchase on Amazon.
Gretchen’s personal writing projects are not limited to novels. During an iClass, her teacher, Melissa Hart, suggested that Gretchen write an article about an experience she had “rappelling into a gorge in the pouring rain” in Switzerland. Gretchen wrote the story, and in December 2010, submitted it for consideration at Cicada magazine, which is a nationally-respected literary magazine for young adults. For months, Gretchen heard nothing from Cicada and assumed that her story had been rejected. However, in March, she received notice that they had accepted her story for publication. You can read Gretchen’s story, titled “If Only This Were a Rabbit Hole” in the current issue of Cicada.
This summer brought other writing-related milestones for Gretchen. She was accepted into the prestigious Alpha Young Writers Workshop, where she worked with professional authors such as David Levine, Scott Johnson, and her idol, Tamora Pierce. Gretchen’s passion for writing and determination to see her projects published has resulted in an amazing start to her writing career.