(Thanks to Anushi Mehta for this compilation!) Gabriela Martins is a Brazilian kidlit author and linguist. Her stories feature Brazilian characters finding themselves and love. She was a high school teacher and has also worked as a TED Ed-Club facilitator, where she helped teens develop their own talks in TED format to present. She edited and self-published a pro-bono LGBTQ+ anthology (KEEP FAITH) with all funds going to queer people in need. When she’s not writing, she can b
Securing an agent was almost as challenging as waiting for my IB exam results to be announced. I’d pulled all-nighters, written and edited my butt off, shouldn’t that be enough to get an agent (or get into the top university)? Evidently not. My work was out there, in the metaverse, dissected, ranked and rated to see if there was anything in there that was worth investing in. For two years, on and off, I submitted to rounds of agents, picking out a fallen eyelash each time pra
Five years ago I dabbled at writing for children. A scan through books by Julia Donaldson, Mem Fox, and Dr. Seuss convinced me that to be a picture book writer, I must write in rhyme. I obliged. My daughter’s first day of nursery, bedtime monsters, a world turned upside down. Writing in rhyme was fun, but limiting. I couldn’t tell all the stories I wanted to through rhyme. Moreover, I spent hours swirling a mere hundred words for a story, only to be left with writer’s block.