Alanna Rosette has always believed in hard work and dedication. In 1988, she was among 32 elite preschoolers in her classroom to earn a distinguished clay-made plaque on move-up day. The award (in her opinion) recognized her as an excellent napper and one of the most likely to succeed in kindergarten.
As she grew and learned, she developed a fondness for stories. It was her Rainbow Book of Mother Goose Rhymes assignment, an introduction to some of the finest poetry of that time, that sealed the deal. She loved words, characters, and creating entire worlds. When she wasn’t bossing her friends around in a game of house, creek explorers, or Barbie, she could always be found reading. She had such a hunger for words, she even read straight from the dictionary on more than one occasion. It was in her heart to be an artist from this tender age. And although all who beheld her art time self-portraits considered her a modern day Van Gogh, she knew it was the art of writing she must pursue.
She went through high school getting nearly straight A’s (hey, math has just never been her strength!) and managed to stand out in honors English class, even though John Yoder was more than a foot taller than her. Post-graduation, she went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. As an impressionable seventeen-year-old, she chose a broadly applicable, safe-bet Communication Studies degree, but drafted her true first novel, “The 29th Accident,” immediately following college. Soon after sending dozens of anticipation-filled queries, over 40 rejection form letters from literary agents flooded in. Some were personalized but most just started with “Dear Author…” Alanna quickly began resenting the mail man (though she reminded herself it was not his fault).
Alas, she would not give up! She next began writing a historical fiction novel (still a work in progress), and began drafting “Moonpennies” as well. In her spare time, she found her way into the magical world of visual storytelling. Throughout 2011, Alanna wrote, produced, directed, and financed the short film “1426 Chelsea Street,” which was well received by audiences at several film festival screenings.
Once “Moonpennies” was finished, she did some research and decided to go the indie publishing route this time. Her self-publishing debut became available on Amazon Kindle in June 2013, with the paperback version shortly following. As she continues on this path and continues to mature and improve as a writer, she will always hold the poetry of childhood close to her heart. In fact, these words of Shel Silverstein are some of her favorite to remember:
Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child, listen to the DON’TS, listen to the SHOULDN’TS, the IMPOSSIBLES, the WON’TS, listen to the NEVER HAVES then listen close to me… anything can happen, child. ANYTHING can be.