Writing Hero: Stina Lindenblatt

For a long time now, Becca and I have wanted a way to acknowledge the people who have helped us develop into stronger writers and who add to the writing community as a whole. As a new feature here at The Bookshelf Muse, Becca and I will take turns giving well-deserved recognition to some of the people who really make an impact...people who truly are Writing Heroes.

I can't think of a better person to start off with than Stina Lindenblatt!

Stina is a rock star blogger, YA writer, photographer and friend all rolled into one. I met Stina first online, and then discovered with delight that she actually LIVED in the same city I did. It was coolness on top of coolness. I quickly dragged her into a local Children's Writers group that would meet for lunch and swap books & writing news. In no time she became one of the most supportive writers I've ever had the pleasure of knowing, emailing me with links that she thought I'd like to look into, telling me about different people, courses and organizations that have helped her writing...and of course passing on the best YA books (NOTE: Stina's favs have copious amounts of kissing and romantic tension.)

One thing I love about Stina is that she's very passionate. You can see this in her writing (which is a pleasure to read) and from the way she isn't afraid to speak up for what she believes in. She won't shy away from discussing topics that affect writers, or take a stand on an issue. She's also incredibly focused on learning and invests her time and energy into reading about writing, seeking help to get her writing to the next level and taking advantage of opportunities that will help her reach publication. She knows a lot about the craft, belongs to both SCBWI & RWA and shares what she knows without hesitation, which I really, really admire. :)

Her blog, Seeing Creative, is an excellent source of writing ideas and information, and she has a nose for digging up great articles. I know there are a lot of 'Weekly Link Round Ups' out there, but Stina's Cool Links Friday is NOT TO BE MISSED. I hope that if you don't already follow Stina's blog you'll head on over and see for yourself how awesome it is. She also blogs at Query Tracker & hangs out on Twitter!

Thank you Stina, for being one of my WRITING HEROES. You inspire me, woman!

To pay it forward, Becca or I will give a 1000 word critique to each Writing Hero we profile. These writers can then choose to keep it for themselves or offer it as a giveaway on their blog! All writing heroes will also have a permanent link in our header!


So tell me Musers...do you know Stina? Has she helped you or your writing in some way? Please tell us in the comments and help celebrate this amazing WRITING HERO! 

46 comments:

Natalie Aguirre said...

That's so awesome that you and Stina live in the same town. I see Stina on a lot of the same blogs as I follow, but don't follow her blog enough. I'll have to check it out.

What a great series!

Sarah said...

Oh, I love this so much, because I am a huge fan of Stina's. I agree with everything you've said here. She's awesomely supportive, a great thinker, and I've learned a lot from her blog. What a wonderful way to start off the Writing Heroes feature!

Miranda Hardy said...

What a great feature. I haven't met her, but she sounds great. Can't wait to read about other fantastic people.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Wow, this is so sweet. And quite the shock.

I'm super thrilled I discovered the Bookshelf Muse because not only did it save my writing from the overuse of 'heart' (apparently my favorite organ of the body), I've been able to describe settings in a whole new way (because my brain always goes blank when I try to write them).


Love this idea of the writing hero (not that I consider myself that. I just have that inner desire to be a better writer). :D

Christine Danek said...

What a great post. I love this. Stina is the best. :)

Laura Pauling said...

I def. like her honesty in her blog and her writing! Excellent pick! :)

Bish Denham said...

Glad to meet her! Thanks for passing her on Angela.

Anne Gallagher said...

YAY STINA!!! I love Stina! She is the super coolest and I never (or try really hard not to) miss her Cool links post. She's always got great links. And her blog is always iformative and extremely helpful. Thanks for spotlighting her, she deserves it.

Karen said...

I met Stina at the YARWA event in New York last summer. She was really fun to fun to hang out with. I wish she lived in my city! Great profile.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

What a lovely idea - thanks for bringing Stina to our attention!

Robyn Lucas said...

Yay! Congrats, Stina.

I love Stina's blog- tons of great info. So wonderful of you guys to do this, Angela.

Christina Lee said...

Oh my goodness! What a wonderful surprise to see Stina's face here--and what a wonderful idea for a series!!!!

Well, I can't say enough about why I heart Stina. She is my CP and has become my friend! And you described her so succinctly that I have nothing to add.

Except maybe how much I hope her dreams come true and how much of a writing cheerleader (and inspiration) she has become for me!!

Angela Ackerman said...

I am so happy to see all these great comments this morning--Stina is a great writers and your comments are exactly why we started this feature. Supportive, passionate writers should ALWAYS be recognized!

Angela

Angela Ackerman said...

And Stina, it's okay to be modest, but we all know HOW AWESOME YOU ARE!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Yes! I love Stina--everything about her. You did a beautiful job of honoring her today, Angela. What a great choice! :-)

Shilpa said...

This is a great way to thank your mentors. I will definitely check out her blog. And Lucky you to have such wonderful people to guide you. For me, your blog is an dose of inspiration every day!

Janet Johnson said...

I'm way jealous you live in the same town as Stina. She is one of my writing heroes, too! And I'll second that about not missing her cool links posts. I don't know how she finds them all, but I've learning tons from her links. :D

And btw, what a great idea! I look forward to reading about your other heroes.

Kara said...

What a neat feature! I will have to head over to her blog and check her out:)

Pk Hrezo said...

Here, here! Stina's blog is awesome! Always chock full of great info! Cheers to that!

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

I love this idea, and Stina is the perfect choice to kick it off. I can't count the number of times I've found awesome stuff through her Friday links. But I've also had the pleasure of having Stina for a crit partner (and having met her in RL!)! She's a wonderfully supportive, strong writer, who gives fantastic, honest feedback. I'm so glad to see her spotlighted here!

Lydia Kang said...

I've always appreciated Stina's bloggy friendship (blogship? Did I make up a new word?) and support. I also love her Cool Links Friday.
Go Stina!

salarsenッ said...

Yeah, Stina is awesome. We've chatted many times through emails about writing and life in general. :)

kathrynjankowski said...

Stina is a gem. So happy to see her honored here. :)

J.C. Martin said...

What a lovely feature! I've been to Stina's blog a few times, and she's always super encouraging and supportive in our Facebook group, WS4U. Great choice of writing hero!

Southpaw said...

I have not met Stina yet, thanks for the introduction.

PS: I changed my URL and username back to southpaw, but managed to mess up my feeds.

Nicole Zoltack said...

Stina is definitely a writing hero!

Julie Musil said...

Yay for Stina! She is one heck of a writing hero, and I'm so glad you shouted her name from the rooftops.

And the blog looks beautiful!

The Golden Eagle said...

Stina is an awesome blogger! :)

Theresa Milstein said...

Angela, I'm so glad you hosted Stina as a writing hero. I think she's a great blogging buddy.

lbdiamond said...

This'll be a great series, I can tell.

I <3 Stina!!!!!!!!

Sarah Pearson said...

I've been following Stina for a while. I think this is a wonderful, and well deserved , post :-)

Gail Shepherd said...

In just the short time I've been following writing blogs and blogging myself, Stina has risen to the top of my "must read" list. Kudos!

Amanda Jeanette said...

Fantastic choice to start off with this feature!

Becca Puglisi said...

Sorry I'm so late; I've been out of town. In the little time I've known Stina, I've learned that she has a thirst for knowledge and a kind and generous spirit. She definitely deserves a place on this list, if only for consolidating all the awesome links for the week in one place so I don't have to do all the work ;). Thanks, Stina!

Lisa Gail Green said...

YAY for Stina!!!! I agree that she is filled with awesomesauce!! So are you guys though, are you featuring yourselves? :D

Sophia Chang said...

Yes, Stina IS a heroic blogger-writer!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Stina's blog and advice are most excellent. Great choice, ladies!

Lynda R Young said...

Stina is a fantastic writer and blogger.

Angela Ackerman said...

Oh I love reading all these great comments about Stina! Thanks everyone for sharing your appreciation with us!

Shilpa & Lisa Gail Green, you are both too kind :)

cweaks said...

This is such a great idea!! Off to follow Stina :)

Martha Ramirez said...

This is soo awesome! Love the new look too:)

Andrea Mack said...

Stina's blog is one of the ones I make sure to check in with often. Her round up is great!


This is an awesome way to honor fellow bloggers. But then, you two are always full of awesome ideas! Love the new look of your blog.

Ghenet Myrthil said...

This is a great idea for a series. Stina is such a wonderful person and blogger. Well-deserved!

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Stina's blog is wonderful! So glad to read more about her here. What a great new feature!

Rachael Harrie said...

It's so wonderful to see Stina featured here. She's an awesome person with an awesome blog - someone I'm proud to call a friend!!!

Hugs,

Rach

Matthew MacNish said...

How did I miss so many of these? Anyway, Stina is so awesome. Another great choice!

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