Author: Marcie Wessels www.marciewessels.com
Tell me a little about yourself: I majored in English and Spanish in college. I used to teach Spanish language and literature at a local university, but now, I write for kids. I live in San Diego, CA with my husband and our two children.
When you were my age, did you like to read? Yes! I have always loved books. My mom and I used to go to the library every week. I loved to sit in the stacks and look for books. There was only one problem – I wanted to take them all home! At the time, I wasn’t old enough to have my own library card so I had to check out books on my mom’s card. Unfortunately, there was limit and my mom wanted to check out books too. We had to share and sharing was hard! I worked hard to learn cursive so I could write my name and get my very own library card. Then, I took out as many books as I could carry!
What was your favorite story? One of my favorite books was a collection of poems by Eugene W. Field. My mom read it to me so many times that we wore the book out! My favorite poem was Wynken, Blynken and Nod. I even have a Wynken, Blynken and Nod Christmas tree ornament. A few years ago, Giselle Potter illustrated a new version of Wynken, Blynken and Nod. I bought the new version for my kids. I bet you can find it at your library.
How do you get your ideas? Ideas are everywhere. Sometimes, a picture inspires me. Sometimes, someone says or does something funny and I want to write about it. Other times, I read an article about an interesting person or event and I want to learn more.
Is it hard to write/illustrate a book? Yes, but it is fun!
Do you have a favorite among the books you have written/illustrated? Pirate’s Lullaby: Mutiny at Bedtime is my first book. It will always have a special place in my heart because of its connection to my family. My son was a pirate for his first Halloween. I wanted to buy him a bedtime pirate book but I couldn’t find one. Pirate’s Lullaby is the book I wish I had had for him when he was little. Also, Pirate’s Lullaby was inspired by my daughter. Her name is Claire and she is seven like you. She used to procrastinate at bedtime just like Ned.
What author do you really like right now? What a hard question! I tend to like funny picture books and middle grade coming of age novels. I just finished reading I’m Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton. If you want to learn spider facts in a fun way, you should check it out.
What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author? Be brave. Be bold. Be yourself. But be a pirate too. Take risks. Conquer your fears. Set out for the unknown. You never know what treasure the future might hold.