We’re sending our next Letter for Kids from Pat Zietlow Miller! Pat writes to us about cool authors from Wisconsin and getting one hundred and twenty-six rejections before she sold her first book!
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Pat Zietlow Miller knew she wanted to be a writer ever since her seventh-grade English teacher read her paper about square-dancing skirts out loud in class and said: “This is the first time anything a student has written has given me chills.” (Thanks, Mrs. Mueller! You rock!) Pat started out as a newspaper reporter and wrote about everything from dartball and deer-hunting to diets and decoupage. Then, she joined an insurance company and edited its newsletter and magazine. Now, she writes insurance information by day and children’s books by night. Pat has seven pictures books available now: Sophie’s Squash, Be Kind, Sophie’s Squash Goes to School, Wherever You Go, The Quickest Kid in Clarksville, Sharing the Bread, and Wide-Awake Bear. Pat has won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor, The Charlotte Zolotow Honor, the Golden Kite Award, and three Crystal Kite Awards. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband, daughters, and two cats.