Storytellers Series: Amy Pine

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Storytellers Series: Amy Pine

Amy Pine presents one of her slides during StoryTellers Series

Amy Pine presents one of her slides during StoryTellers Series

Sierra Ward

Amy Pine presents one of her slides during StoryTellers Series

Sierra Ward

Sierra Ward

Amy Pine presents one of her slides during StoryTellers Series

The first day of Storytellers Series began with Lake Zurich High School librarian Amy Pine, a writer of romance novels, providing Antioch Community High School students with an understand of what it takes to get published. Pine opened her presentation by asking the crowd the correct pronunciation of the word “gif” and sharing her immense love for them, which is evident throughout her presentation. In addition to numerous gifs, Pine’s presentation provided insight into her journey to becoming a published author as well her life as an author.

Pine’s interest in writing only began a decade ago; however, she has always loved to read. Initially, Pine was inspired by series such as The Hunger Games and Divergent and therefore wrote about dystopian society and science fiction. After being told there was no need for more of these style of books, Pine switched to her newly discovered love for writing romance. As a high school worker, Pine could relate to the students in the audience.

“I enjoyed hearing about her journey leading up to her career as an author,” junior Zaina Hussain said. “I also liked how Pine inspired us by explaining that it is never too late to choose a career that makes us happy.”

Pine discussed the life of a writer now that she has made her passion into a paying job. She looks at her reviews, both good and bad so that she can learn from potentially valid critiques. Rather than get discouraged, she uses them as an opportunity to improve herself as a writer.

“I liked how she showed her bad reviews because it showed the more real side of the occupation of writing where people in the past had only talked about their successes,” junior Nayla Loos said.

Pine’s kick off of Storytellers Series included her personal life, writing and publishing process, and inspiration to always strive for what one wants, no matter when or what. The audience was left with the knowledge that even if they start something late, it is possible to succeed.

 

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