Welcome to the Mighty Pens 2021! This year we have so many wonderful volunteers standing behind us and we want to make sure everyone gets the recognition they deserve. Each week, we’ll be spotlighting one or more of our volunteers, and they can tell you in their own words a little bit about them and why they are a part of the Mighty Pens team.
This time, I present to you, Sasha Kielman (she/her)! Sasha is one of our social media extraordinaires and you may recognize her as our resident motivationalist! Her posts every Monday seriously keep us going. Make sure to check them out! You can find Sasha @SashaKielman on Twitter and Tumblr!
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: Besides my day job as an attorney and reading, writing, and volunteering with The Mighty Pens, I love taking long walks (I’ve done 8 5Ks) and trying new restaurants!
Q: What are you currently reading/watching? What was your last 5 star read?
A: My last 5-star read was The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina by Zoraida Cordova!
Q: Are you a plotter or a pantser?
A: I’m a pantser in that I usually have a few big scenes I want to write, and then I need to connect them.
Q: What’s your favorite writing snack or beverage?
A: Coffee and tea!
Q: What’s in your ears while you write?
A: I love the band Secret Garden and classical piano for writing.
Q: Have you participated in NaNoWriMo before? Have you won? Are you participating this year?
A: I am participating in NaNo this year! 2020 was my first time, and I did win, thanks to lots of support from The Mighty Pens!
Q: What do you write? And if you can, tell us what you are working on now or will be working on for NaNo.
A: I write adult fantasy. I will be working on a project called “Between Wings and Whispers”, featuring a shapeshifter and a forest witch who are childhood friends turned lovers and how they become part of a war.
Q: Any advice for someone who is joining the Mighty Pens or NaNoWriMo for the first time this year?
A: If you’re thinking about it, just do it! Having a supportive group like The Mighty Pens behind you makes such a huge difference.
Q: Are you a Mighty Pens vet or a newcomer? Why did you decide to become a volunteer?
A: I had such a great experience last year that I knew right away I wanted to volunteer this year!
Q: What’s your favorite part about the Mighty Pens?
A: The community and support. <3
Q: Do you have a special connection to WeForest? Or just like raising money for a good cause?
A: I’m just proud to raise money for a good cause!
Thanks for keeping us going, Sasha! We can’t wait to hear more about that magical WIP when November really gets going!