I asked Angel Leigh McCoy to help me roast Jennifer Brozek. I liked the story she shared with us. I hope you enjoy it as well. Please click the links to check out more information on both amazing ladies.
Angel Leigh McCoy takes the mic:
When I think of Jennifer Brozek, a few words come to mind: exacting, sharp, gung-ho, fearless, and quick. She reminds me of the school teacher who never lets you get away with anything.
I discovered Jennifer online, read some of her writing, and realized that this was a writer who would be going places—and we’d all better get the Hell out of her way or get run over.
I invited her to submit a story to the Wily Writers, and she responded by emailing me that the site was down. She had caught me slacking!
I hated them for their talented word use and clever storylines, and I accepted them both for the site. Her stories were dark, scary, and full of dripping humanity. After reading them, I knew Jennifer was someone I never wanted as an enemy!
I finally had the opportunity to meet Jennifer at Crypticon horror convention in Seattle, 2009. She was all that and more in person, adding pretty and charming to my list of words. She started introducing me to her business contacts and tossing out ideas so fast my head was spinning.
Her firecracker energy fed the reading she did that evening, and she had full command of her audience. They, like me, knew better than to let their attention wander. They didn’t want to miss anything—in case Teacher gave us a quiz later. There was no quiz, but Teacher did give out hugs, and she told me I’d done a good job. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful day.
Now, I go to her when I need advice on publishing, editing, and writing. She’s the teacher you never forget, because no matter how tough she is on you, you always know that it’s for your own good, and you end up a better person because of her.
Thank you, Ms. Brozek, for being such a great teacher and example! Have an apple.
Jennifer Brozek responds:
Aww. This one isn’t so much a roast as a very cool comparison. Everyone had that tough teacher they loved to hate and hated to love because how much they pushed their students to do better.
What Angel doesn’t know is that behind that tough exterior was a person quaking in their shoes. I was terrified to meet someone I had never met, in a place I had never been before, at a venue I had only heard of. Courage is what you do when your voice quavers and your knees shake.
I am happy to share the love. Advice freely given if asked for. I will tell you what I can with what I know. I’m not always right but I am always sincere.
Thank you Angel.
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