Who is Penelope Aaron?

I am an avid reader, writer, and regularly horrible basketball player.  The adventures of my lovable, hilarious, and sometimes maddening, five kids inspired me to publish my first novel in 2014. I continue to be inspired by interesting characters and the beautiful, but sometimes ridiculous world we live in. 


Penelope Aaron has lived in many states across the U.S., finally settling down in the Washington, D.C. area. She works in the financial industry by day, writes novels by night, and bumbles her way through a basketball game almost every weekend


Hey All! Here's another entry into the 50 Precious Words Writing Challenge that can be found here: This contest is so much fun! “A princess that wants to run? To dribble, juggle, and zig-zag? It can’t be done.” I’ll sprint, step, and strike! I can be many things, not just one; a doctor, an astronaut, anything under the sun!” She trained, tried out, and made the team- the soccer princess lived her dream!
Hey All! This little story is an entry into the 50 Precious Words Writing Challenge that can be found here:  Please tell me what you think! Slugs and Bugs and Glugs by Penelope Aaron Chop the rocks and the crocs and the lox Toss 'em in with The slugs and the bugs and the glugs Grab the worms and the germs and the kerns Mix 'em with The snakes and the jakes and the flakes Then boil all 'til rumbly, crumbly, and yummy SOUP!      
Here's my second submission to the 2nd Annual Valentiny Contest hosted by Susanna Hill, found here: Happy reading and Happy Valentine's Day! Buddy's Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt by Penelope Aaron “Woof!  Woof!” said Buddy to Tyson as he licked his face.  It’s time to wake up! thought Buddy.  There’s a heart shaped paper on your nightstand and I don’t know what it means! Tyson sat up.  “Look Buddy!  This heart says to go to the playroom for a Valentine’s Day surprise!” Buddy jumped off Tyson’s bed, ready to follow him anywhere.  He could feel Tyson’s excitement even though he didn’t understand what it was all about. Tyson ran down the hallway with Buddy at his heels.  Tyson searched the shelves full of toys while Buddy sniffed around the toy box.  “Woof!” Buddy gave one quick bark to alert Tyson that he had located the heart.  Tyson rushed over to him.  “Good dog!” he said and patted Buddy’s head.  “It says to go to the kitchen.  Let’s go!” Buddy galloped behind Tyson into the kitchen where Mama was sitting at the table. Buddy smelled something delicious.   “Good morning boys,” Mama said with a smile. Tyson’s plate was piled high with heart shaped waffles and strawberries and whipped cream.  He read the heart next to his plate.  “Buddy, it says Happy Valentine’s Day!”  Buddy noticed the large bone in his dog dish. “Thank you Mama. I love you,” said Tyson.  “Woof! Woof!” said Buddy in agreement. 
This is my first submission to the 2nd Annual Valentiny Contest hosted by Susanna Hill, found here:  Happy reading and Happy Valentine's Day!   Abuelita's Valentine's Day Surprise by Penelope Aaron   “What are you doing, Abuelita?” asked Tomás.  He slid a barstool up to the kitchen counter so he could get a better look at his grandmother.  She was surrounded by bags and containers and small cups and spoons.  “What is all this stuff?” “It is a surprise or una sorpresa,” Abuelita said. “A surprise!  I like surprises!  What’s that white stuff?” Tomás asked. “Flour— la harina.” “And what’s that?” Tomás pointed. “El azúcar— sugar.” “And that?” “Butter— la mantequilla.” “And what’s that?” “Los huevos— eggs.” “How about that?” “Vanilla— la vainilla.” Abuelita showed Tomás how to mix all the foods together in a big bowl.  When it was smooth, they rolled it out into dough.  They rolled the dough until it was a big flat circle.  They cut the dough into heart shapes. “Like this mi amor,” said Abuelita. She showed Tomás how to put them on a pan.  Then Abuelita put the pan into the oven.  A few minutes later the timer rang and Abuelita pulled the pan full of hearts out of the oven.  The kitchen smelled wonderful. “Cookies!” cried Tomás.  He clapped his hands. “Sí, cookies— las galletas.”  Abuelita passed a cookie to Tomás and said, “Happy Valentine’s Day mi amor.” Tomás smiled and hugged his grandmother.  “I love you Abuelita.”    
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My kids have been blessed with a lot of wonderful, talented, intelligent, gorgeous, amazing aunts.  One of these aunts is determined to obtain a newer, faster, limo-tinted-windowed luxury car every five minutes.  Her overabundance of charm and taste for all things upscale inspired my Aunt Fabulous character in my young adult novels, INSPIRALED and INSPIRITED.   Excerpt from INSPIRALED: Aunt Fabulous put her arm around me and asked, “Are you ok?” “I’m fine.  I’m a little stressed out- this happening to Coco, exams are coming up.  I don’t have my Christmas shopping done yet, and there is a cute boy that I kind of like.  I’m not sure though, because I’m still getting to know him which is hard because he goes to a different school.”   I rambled all of that out nervously, and somehow she was able to pay attention even as I was watching a cute doctor checking her out as he was walking by.  Aunt Fab could probably get a date anytime, anyplace, any hour, in any circumstance.  “Can I help with anything, miss?” Cute Doctor asked Aunt Fab with a smile, as he slowed down and turned toward her. “Oh, no sir, we’re all taken care of.  Thank you,” she answered as we continued walking. I didn’t mention to her any names about the cute boy since my brothers were still in earshot.  Even though they were horsing around and popping wheelies with the wheelchair, they might still be listening.  She wanted to know more about Coco and about what I was feeling when I hugged him.  What was I supposed to tell her?  Sometimes I hallucinate and the things that I see make no sense at all, and as far as I can tell they don’t mean anything.  Oh, and I have bad dreams, too. I played dumb, and told her, “I felt really, really sad for Coco and was trying really hard not to cry in front of him.  I wanted to cheer him up, not make him feel worse by crying.” She stared at me with big suspicious blue eyes and somehow I knew she didn’t buy it.    To continue reading INSPIRALED: click on Shop Now And to check out the exciting sequel to INSPIRALED, take a look at INSPIRITED:        
Author Penelope Aaron presenting to E.B. Wood Middle School students at Career Day 2016 The best thing about presenting at Career Day?  The kids!  To get to spend the day with such intelligent, innocent, curious, and creative young minds was an honor. Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, the mail started coming in.  Here are some of their sweet letters:   Thank you E.B. Wood Middle School!  To check out the novels we discussed during the presentation, visit  INSPIRALED has been approved for MCPS high school libraries and INSPIRITED releases 9/23/16!
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Inspiration for my Kavi and Lakota characters in my debut novel, INSPIRALED, came from my boys, pictured here soon after arriving at college.  Like the characters in the book, these two handsome gents like to eat, play sports, eat, make people laugh, eat, workout, eat, wrestle, eat, play video games, eat, drink protein shakes, eat...well, you get the idea.  Excerpt from INSPIRALED:   I could hear Mom yelling about all the extra chores the boys were going to be doing for getting in trouble at school even before I entered the kitchen.  When I walked in to say goodbye, Kavi was sitting on the counter shoveling heaping spoonfuls of strawberry Nesquik into a large glass of milk.  He stirred the milk, licked the spoon, and then inserted it back into the Nesquik for one more scoop.  Ew.  Lakota was sitting at the dining room table with a bag of gummy bears, pretending to be interested in what Mom was saying.   To continue reading INSPIRALED: click on Shop Now      
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  Yesterday was full of firsts.  It was my first Gaithersburg Book Festival.  The GBF is huge!  It features many accomplished, world renowned authors every year, and there I was amongst the greats with my little ol' debut novel, dressed to the nines.  Ok, so not the dressed up part, but hey, it was 50 degrees and rained all day- still had a great time!   I took my first credit card transaction.  Woo-hoo!  If a lack of cash has been stopping you from picking up a copy of INSPIRALED, then fret no more, plastic is fantastic.   I tried my first Nothing Bundt Cake and was swept away to my own private heaven made of nothing but rich, decadent, fudgy, chocolate magnificence.  I temporarily forgot where I was and that my wet toes had become numb...all that mattered was another bite of that cake.  If you haven't tried one yet, stop what you're doing and go get some Nothing Bundt Cake!   Finally, my last first of the day was my signing of a book to a beautiful lady named Penelope!  Yes, it was to Penelope from Penelope.  I hope my first Penelope keeps in touch.   The Gaithersburg Book Festival was full of warm, energetic book lovers (except for the one lady that said she didn't like to read when we asked her what genre of books she likes.  What the...???) and I had an absolute fabulous time making new friends and bonding over our favorite books (and cakes), even though it was a little chilly.  I can hardly wait for next year's GBF! Don't like to read but still enjoy a good story?  Listen to INSPIRALED instead!  It's easy and can be free at Click on Shop Now
  When people find out that I've written a book a lot of them will tell me that they've always wanted to write one.  "Go for it!" I say.  But there is a lot more to writing a book than just sitting down and typing it up.  Even though getting words on the page is a huge accomplishment,  you really need another set of eyes to take a look at it.  This other set of eyes should be able to tell you honestly (and encouragingly- hey we're supposed to be on the same team!) what works and what doesn't, how they interpreted and envisioned the picture you painted, and what just needs to be axed. For example, I inserted a random kid in a pirate suit swooping in and saving the day in my upcoming novel, Inspirited.  I thought it was hilarious.  My writing group girls (whom I love to pieces and are pictured in this post) said, "What the heck!  You can't just drop him in at the last chapter.  Where's he been the whole story?  Put Big Mike in the pirate suit!  He's been here all along and deserves part of the hero cred."  Why didn't I think of that?  Mike is so big that the pirate suit will be too small.  I think that's hilarious. So whether you've got pirate problems or a dragon named Montana that can't find a dress in her size anywhere in Shabbywocka County (take a look at The Dragon Dress Hunt by Penelope Aaron on, you really need to get a group of eyeballs together every week or month or however often works for you all.  But seriously, do it- your story's life depends on it! Oh, and please check out my debut novel, Inspiraled.  Don't like to read?  Listen to it instead!  It's easy and can be free at click on Shop Now
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    Inspiration for my Liberty character in my debut novel, INSPIRALED, comes from Miss Sassy Pants Senior, pictured here several years ago graduating from boot camp for the U.S. Army.  She has always been a "take no crud from anyone type of gal".  When she was in middle school she was grabbed inappropriately by a classmate and was not having it.  He thought he would laugh and run away.  Well, he got chased and tackled and pinned to the stairs by his throat.  It took two teachers to get her off of him.  I think he learned a lesson that day.  This true story inspired the scary subway events in the following excerpt from INSPIRALED:   We were on our last set of stairs, almost out of the cavern, thinking we were home free when Liberty screamed, “Noooooooooo!” She had been at the back of our pack.  The rest of us stopped and whipped around to see what was wrong.  Then things happened very quickly.  Liberty kneed Scary Guy in the groin- hard.  He bent over in pain and went down on one knee.  His face was a contorted mask of surprised pain.  She grabbed him by the throat while he was weak and stunned, spun him around and pinned him on the stairs.  He squirmed around a little but couldn’t get up and/or breathe under the grip she had on him.  His eyes were glazed over like he wasn’t all there.  People scattered and stood back on the packed stairs to watch.  “You don’t grab people, you pyscho! You don’t follow people and scare them!  You keep your hands to yourself because you never know when you’ll meet a girl like me!  Do you understand me?” Creepy’s face was red and turning purple and registered raw fear.  The audience watching began clapping and cheering her on.  “You tell him girlfriend!” yelled a large woman somewhere in the back of the crowd of people. “Yo, teach him a lesson!” hollered a short man in the front. “Liberty, come on, let him go!  He can’t breathe!” Aunt Fab whispered to her. Scary Subway Man was making wheezing sounds while his eyes bulged out of his head.  The crowd continued to get louder with their cheers and began chanting, “Pun-ish him! Pun-ish him!” To continue reading INSPIRALED: click on Shop Now    

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