SHELTON — Celine Rose Mariotti’s love of writing began in her childhood. But even as she dreamed of one day seeing her name in print, her submissions were passed over by 17 publishers before her first acceptance in 1991.
“This is really a story of perseverance,” Mariotti said. “I got so many rejections when I started. I was so frustrated that I stopped sending for a year and just began focusing on my work — revising, rewriting, getting it down perfect.”