About grian mcfadden

grian mcfadden, mfa

Hello! Grian McFadden here (My legal name is Patricia, but no one ever cslls me that nowadays).  I started writing stories in elementary school. In later years, I got sidetracked by marriage, motherhood and a series of careers including costume designer, bookkeeper, preschool teacher and herbalist, but I always come back to my greatest love…writing for children.

I have an MFA in Writing with emphasis on Writing for Children from Spalding University.  I’ve written novels and picture books for all ages, as well as Language Arts skills books for pre-K to 6th grade, and have sold stories to Children’s Digest, Turtle Magazine, Highlights for Children, and The Education Center, among others.  My middle-grade fantasy novel, Turtle Island, won an award in the Paul Gillette Memorial Writing Contest and my story “A Light for Lena” was selected as a Highlights for Children  Editors’ Choice.   

.I started Green Turtle Arts in order to share my love of books and literacy with children, parents and teachers.  I also enjoy helping fellow writers improve  their craft.

So, whether you  want help inspiring kids to be readers and writers, or would like to be a better writer, yourself, I’m here for you!