Hi, I'm Yvonne McArthur, a writer, word-lover and adventurer. This site is going to be re-vamped soon, but in the meantime feel free to read the collection of stories and poems on my blog.
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I grew up in the highlands of Guatemala where I off-set my book worminess by tramping up volcanoes, swimming in caldera lakes, and eating all the tropical fruits you can imagine. I studied creative writing at Houghton College in the boonies of New York State and, after a bit of soul-searching, traveling, and tromping through piles of slushy snow, chose to return to Guatemala, the land of eternal spring.
When not at my day job or my standing desk, I go for walks with my mutt, Lily, ride my motorcycle, Mo, or muck around in the kitchen, the garden, or my amateur pottery studio.
Ever since I was a kid with dorky bangs and a propensity to read books in cypress trees, I've dreamed of writing a novel. When I was 23, I decided to give it my first honest go. At the end of 30 days I had written a 50,000 word manuscript a la Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month). The story had no plot, no antagonist, random cows, ferret smugglers, and a toga-wearing ghost who'd faked his own death. The main character landed himself in prison for accidentally trafficking in Godiva chocolate.
Let’s just say this: the only place to go from there was up.
Learning how to structure a novel, how to write good dialogue, how and when to reveal what elements of the story, and how to write in a way that communicates clearly has turned out to be a lot more complicated than I expected. But I've stuck with it for an embarrassing number of years now, and I don't plan on quitting any time soon. I've had a bout with carpal tunnel, agonized over plot holes, feared failure, feared success, and in short, developed a rebellious refusal to surrender. Currently, I have a middle grade fiction story almost publishable, and a young adult fantasy novel going through the rounds of beta-readers and edits.
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