Tell us about yourself and your books.:
I am a homeschooling mom, author, journal creator, and freelance writer. My book Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles was chosen for the 2019 Read Across Connecticut program, and I recently had the pleasure of publishing a picture book with my 12-year-old daughter titled Aah! Blown Away, Crash! An Alphabet Misadventure, which received a Readers' Favorite Five Stars. Free coloring pages, activity ideas, and more information about me and my writings can be found on my website.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don't know if this is really considered unusual, but I like to spread pages of notes about the writing project I am currently working on in front of me as I write.
What authors have influenced you?
I have been influenced by Jill Esbaum, Miranda Paul, Laura Purdie Salas, and Linda Skeers among many other authors.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
My advice to new authors would be to keep learning, find time to write, read other books in your genre, and find a group of other authors to support you in your writing journey.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Read other books in your genre and write! I guess that's why I listed those in the advice I would give to new authors.
What are you reading now?
I am currently reading my way through a list of books written by authors who will be presenting at an upcoming virtual writing conference that I will be attending. I am looking forward to the library being open inside so I can check out newly published picture books. I really miss going in and checking out stacks of children's books at a time!
What’s your biggest weakness?
I tend to overthink things, research more than necessary, and second guess myself.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I would have to say the Bible is my favorite book of all time.
What has inspired you and your writing style?
I find inspiration from my daughters and things I do on a daily basis. There are ideas for books everywhere! I'm constantly learning more about writing. I think my writing style has been inspired by other writings I have read and enjoyed.
What are you working on now?
I tend to have multiple writing projects going on at once. I recently published a book called Aah! Blown Away, Crash! An Alphabet Misadventure with my 12-year-old daughter, so we have been working on promotion for that. I am also currently writing a nonfiction book for adults about self-publishing and editing a children's book I hope to submit. I'm really hoping to hear some positive feedback on a nonfiction MG proposal I recently submitted, but I guess I'll see what happens.
What is your method for promoting your work?
I mostly do free promotions. I have done interviews, story times, presentations, and guest posts. I think having a website is crucial for an author. I have created free teacher's guides and additional fun extras that are available on my website for each of my books. I hand out free bookmarks and coloring pages with my website address on them when I am doing in-person events. I went along with the theme of pickles for my book Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles and had the opportunity to celebrate National Pickle Day at a local store, sell my books in pickle stores, and I contacted coordinators of pickle festivals to offer my free pickle-themed coloring pages (with my website address on them).
What’s next for you as a writer?
I hope to finish all of my current writing projects and continue learning more about writing. If one of my submitted manuscripts were to be accepted (which would be wonderful), then I would need to spend time working on that. I'm interested in possibly doing work-for-hire projects in the future. I also have a small box filled with ideas I would like to play around with as books when I have time. I'm trying to focus on only a few projects at one time, though!
How well do you work under pressure?
I have never missed a deadline on any of my writing projects I had to have submitted by a certain time, but I prefer to not have to work under pressure when possible.
How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
I may play around with the words and try different techniques to see which tone (and point of view) sounds the best for that particular piece of writing.
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