Today I'm featuring a writer and journalist, Mary Pauline Lowry. I want to thank her first and foremost for wanting to be on Paper Cuts, and for writing this for us!
First I want to thank SAM and ANNE for having me to guest post on Paper Cuts.
They’ve asked me to post about being a writer for the Huffington Post. I’d always wanted to write for the HuffPost, but had no idea how. Then I was on a flight to Philadelphia that had wi-fi and I had a sudden inspiration to just email Arianna Huffington and ask her directly. It was easy enough to google up her email address. I wrote her and told her a little about my work as a novelist and screenwriter, and also about writing for a small blog called Dog Canyon. She wrote me back herself in 10 minutes and said she’d love to have me as a HuffPost writer!
Like most writers, I’d gotten used to lots of rejection, so that immediate YES! was a thrill. It feels amazing every time an article I write goes up on the HuffPost because I know the site receives 15.6 million page views a day.
I have a lot of friends who are doing amazing things and it’s fun to write about them for the HuffPo and help them gain attention and an audience for their books or albums. One of my favorite articles that I’ve ever written for the HuffPost is called:
It’s all about my belief that women and grrrls should focus on living boldly, having adventures, and supporting each other every step of the way. To read, click the article link above.
*That's so cool! It can really benefit you if you take initiative yourself! :)*
The Earthquake Machine
The book every girl should read,
and every girl’s parents hope she’ll never read.
The Earthquake Machine tells the story of 14 year-old Rhonda. On the outside, everything looks perfect in Rhonda’s world, but at home Rhonda has to deal with a manipulative father who keeps her mentally ill mother hooked on pharmaceuticals. The only reliable person in Rhonda’s life is her family’s Mexican yardman, Jesús. But when the INS deports Jesús back to his home state of Oaxaca, Rhonda is left alone with her increasingly painful family situation.
Determined to find her friend Jésus, Rhonda seizes an opportunity to run away during a camping trip with friends to Big Bend National Park. She swims to the Mexican side of the Rio Grande and makes her way to the border town of Milagros, Mexico. There a peyote- addled bartender convinces her she won’t be safe traveling alone into the country’s interior. So with the bartender’s help, Rhonda cuts her hair and assumes the identity of a Mexican boy named Angel. She then sets off on a burro across the desert to look for Jesús. Thus begins a wild adventure that fulfills the longing of readers eager for a brave and brazen female protagonist.
Mary Pauline Lowry has worked as a forest firefighter, screenwriter, open water lifeguard, construction worker, and advocate in the movement to end violence against women. Due to no fault of her sweet parents, at 15 she ran away from home and made it all the way to Matamoros, Mexico. She believes girls should make art, have adventures, and read books that show them the way.