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LocalLit author spotlight: Julie Panasik of Elburn

In this Tuesday's LocalLit short story newsletter, Julie Panasik of Elburn shares a true story of a scare she had on the job while babysitting for a family when she was just 15.
In this Tuesday's LocalLit short story newsletter, Julie Panasik of Elburn shares a true story of a scare she had on the job while babysitting for a family when she was just 15.

LocalLit is newsletter that connects local authors with local readers. Each week a new short story by a local author – or a review of a book written by a local author – is sent directly to subscribers email.

Next week's short story is by Julie Panasik of Elburn. Recently Panasik took a few minutes to speak via email with Herald-News features editor Denise M. Baran-Unland.

Baran-Unland: Tell us a bit about your writing background.

Panasik: I began writing when I was ten years old. I enjoyed creating stories, characters, and plots. I'm always developing my writing skills by attending writing workshops, and writing groups.

Baran-Unland: What types of stories do you like to write?

Panasik: I enjoy writing in the genres of mystery, thrillers, and suspense. Occasionally, I write short stories.

Baran-Unland: Give a one-line summary about your featured short story.

Panasik: My featured memoir is about an experience I had while babysitting when an intruder who had escaped from a mental health center forced his way into the house.

Baran-Unland: Have you published any books and/or are you working on one now?

Panasik: I'm working on a thriller about a woman who has a mental breakdown, because of all the animal abuse she has undertaken in her lifetime. She takes it upon herself to end the abuse no matter what the cost. I am also researching the career of an animal cruelty investigator for this novel as well as writing a non-fiction article about these investigators.

Baran-Unland: Where can people find more information about you?

Panasik: People can find more information about me on Facebook.

KNOW MORE

Each week LocalLit will deliver an original short and family-friendly story by a local author – or a review of a book written by a local author – to the newsletter's subscribers.

Authors with a connection to our readership area may submit. Submission does not guarantee acceptance. Stories should be edited and between 1,000 words and 7,500 words.

In addition, featured authors will be spotlighted in publications before the newsletter runs so readers have time to sign up.

To submit and for more information, contact Denise M. Baran-Unland at 815-280-4122 or dunland@shawmedia.com.

To sign up for the LocalLit newsletter and read Panasik's story, visit www.theherald-news.com/newsletter/locallit/#//.

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