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Meet the author: S. Ciara Mitaro

Author website/social media:  www.thegoodeggs.orgwww.facebook.com/readthegoodeggs, twitter: @thegoodeggsbook

Author bio:

I hold a Master of Arts degree from the University of Detroit Mercy and I currently teach morality, ethics and social justice courses at a private high school in Michigan. In addition to my teaching career, I have taught, developed, and implemented programs and curricula that focused on teaching children the importance of value-driven lives centered on love and the importance of living an altruistic life. The Good Eggs book series is a wonderful “trilogy” that underscores the important concepts of Virtues, Diversity, and Service – essential models for young people to integrate into their lives as they grow into Good Eggs!  I am very excited to promote this social enterprise, along with my husband, as we are passionate about helping children learn to be goodness in the world.  Each time we sell a book, we give one away to an underprivileged child/school.  This way, all children can enjoy the adventures of the Good Eggs!

1.  Yes! I have always loved to read – even before I could read, I would take a book and pretend I was reading it, making up a story to go along with the pictures.

2.  My favorite story was A Fish Out of Water, by Helen Palmer.

3.  I get my ideas from my imagination.  I was inspired at a young age; in 3rd and 4th grade, each week my teacher had us write a story using our spelling words.  That was my favorite assignment.  I came up with all kinds of adventures for inanimate objects.  It was so fun – I knew I wanted to write children’s stories when I grew up.

4.  It is not hard to write if you love it.  I would say the hardest thing to do is to get started.  Make sure to keep a notebook handy because ideas come to you when you least expect it, and you want to be sure to write them down to use later on.

5.  I love the entire Good Egg trilogy, but I would have to say my favorite one is the last one, The Good Eggs in The Community.  I say this because this last book ties all of the books together.  You see the Eggs grow over the course of three years, and they learn so much; it’s fun to see how everything fits together.  I actually shed a tear when I typed the last word.

6.  I haven’t had much time to read fiction (I am a teacher, so I read a lot of “teachy” books), but the last fiction story I read was The Fault in Our Stars, by John Greene.  I know that has been out for awhile, but I never read it (my students loved it, so I thought I would check it out).  It was very well done.  He has a new book coming out and I think I am going to check it out.  I read it on the beach this past summer.

7.  If you want to be an author, don’t give up on it.  Like I said before, keep that notebook handy so you can record your ideas.  Writing is a long process, so you need some patience.  And – don’t be afraid to change a story line and start over.  You will get there eventually; you’ll know when it’s just right.  Also, write about things you love because it will be a lot easier to have your ideas flow, but don’t be afraid to challenge yourself.  Research is invaluable to a good story.  Learn, learn, learn

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