As part of Youth Journalism Day at The Denver Post, a group of 4th and 5th graders met with Jenny Goebel, a children’s book author who enjoys writing scary stories.
As part of Youth Journalism Day at The Denver Post, a group of 4th and 5th graders met with Jenny Goebel, a children’s book author who enjoys writing scary stories. Gobel’s first chapter book for kids is called Grave Images. The story is about a girl named Bernie who works at a headstone engraving company owned by her family. Everything is going well until the family hires a new employee who starts engraving pictures of people who haven't died yet on headstones, and then they are mysteriously found dead.
At the age of five, Goebel often told her older brother stories, but he always listened rather reluctantly with a bored expression on his face. "I’m sure that my storytelling abilities have improved a great deal since my early childhood," says Goebel with a smile. As a youth, she told stories to herself as she delivered newspapers at the crack of dawn. All of her stories always began with "what if …"
As an adult, Goebel had two jobs before taking on life as an author. At first, she worked as a headstone engraver. Then she chose to be a teacher for some time. Finally, she decided to be an author. Since she began as a writer, she has written two picture books and one chapter book.
Learning about Goebel's experience as a published author was inspiring to many of the students in the group who hope to become authors one day. Jenny Goebel's top tips for good writing? 1) Plan your story and organize your thoughts, 2) Choose your words carefully and be sure to know what each word means, 3) Go out into the world and have lots of experiences so you'll have more to write about.