1. When you were my age (10), did you have a book inspire or impact you?When I was 10 (WOW, that was a long time ago) I believe I was in 4th grade and I was writing then. I actually won an award for a story I wrote.I can’t think of any particular book that inspired me but I would have to say something rhyming and silly.
2. Have you read anything recently that inspired or impacted you?Everyday I read inspirational phrases that are usually in a rhyming format and that’s how I like to write my children’s stories, in a rhyming format.
3. Can you share what your usual day as an author looks like? My usual day as an author…Well, I work full-time at the local University, and often times I see a child in my travels when I’m out at a store and something they may say, or an adult may say even, may trigger something funny for me to write about.
4. Is there a newer or lesser known author you think kids should know about? Yes. Me! I try to write my stories so they have manners or some kind of meaning in them that children can relate too, in a good way.
5. What is a cool thing about being an author? The best thing about being an author is seeing my hard work in actual print.
6. Is there anything hard about being an author? You are self published so how does that work? Hmmm, finding illustrators is the hardest thing for me. I use a site called createspace to self publish my books. There is certain criteria that must be met as far as number of pages and margins to name a few, but once I have uploaded the text and pictures and the see the final product in print (usually weeks later) it is all worthwhile. I love to write.
7. Book access and diversity in books is a big topic. As an author what do you think your role is in the topic? Being an indie author is tough because I am not a salesman or marketer and that kind of comes with self publishing to get my books known. I have read different stories at the local YMCA, children’s center and schools which I enjoy because their faces light up and the questions or statements can be quite funny. I also have my books in a local gift shop in Vassalboro, ME., and I also do craft fairs as available. I also have donated my books to schools and hospitals in hopes of putting a smile on a child’s face.
8. If you could portal into any books which would it be? I’m going to choose mine and say, ‘Fred The Frog’s Big Adventure Story and Coloring Book’. Reason being is because along Fred’s journey he meets many different animals in the forest and it makes for an interesting adventure.