Guess what? That author was me!!! I had an amazing time being interviewed. Read the article below and then click over to my publisher's website and see what they wrote. What a wonderful adventure I am on! I had an interview done by the local paper - read the entire article here: Read the amazing… Continue reading Local Newspaper Interviews Author
This little book has taught me that an awful lot is involved in writing, publishing, and marketing a book, and I haven’t even done the brunt of the work, or started the marketing process yet. Though my publisher is guiding me through all of this, and I am eternally grateful for that, I’m still exhausted;… Continue reading Do you plan for more books in this series?
No. Only my chickens inspired my characters, and, truly, most were pleasant, passive fowl. The only ones I would have trouble with were Barred Rocks (which I never kept in my flocks long), after which I patterned All-the-Same Jayne. Besides Jayne, I patterned Short-Cut Sean after an Aracauna, Harriet-the-hair lip. I called her that because… Continue reading Were there any students that you had that inspired a character?
I don’t remember anyone reading me children’s book when I was a young girl. I’m sure someone must have, but, in my home, my father was too busy earning a living and since I was the oldest of five, my mother was too busy tending to my sister, Gail, who was three years younger than… Continue reading What was my favorite childhood book and why?
What was my earliest experience where I realized that language had power? I think I'd have to say it was a while ago... I can remember seeing Dr. Martin Luther King marching through street after street, with hordes of people following him, on our little TV as a girl. His words seemed profound and righteous… Continue reading Earliest experience where language had power…
Well, I’d like to be able to say someone like Fyodor Dostoyvesky, or Gustaf Flaubert, because they would probably carry lots of clout, but I’m not a clout person. I have read them, and others, like Hugo, Melville, Achebe, and I could go on. Truthfully, though, how many of us read a steady diet of… Continue reading Which authors inspired you?
My friend, Jo Beth, and I always shared funny stories we had while teaching and fishing, and camping, and hunting (yes, shamefully, I once hunted), and what not. We had a boatload of funny things happen to us back in our younger days when we used to run around together and throw teacher parties in… Continue reading When did you first realize you wanted to write this book?
Gosh, this is a tough one. This idea of mine has been in the works as literally little pieces of ideas for years, so I can’t be exact. I suppose a kernel started growing in my head right around 1990 when we first bought the farm. All I could ever think about was getting my… Continue reading How long did it take you to write this book.
Actually, I had a tough time with this. I wanted to name them something that would be similar to children’s names today, but that would soon change with another generation, so what was the point? Books are ageless. I didn’t want any strange names that wouldn’t even sound like human names, even though they are… Continue reading How did I name my characters?
Someone asked me the other day how it feels to now be a published author. My first thought is, it makes me feel like I’ve accomplished a life-long goal. I feel like I finally accomplished the life-long dream of handing elementary English teachers, home-school mothers and young students a tool to teach and achieve clearer… Continue reading Thoughts on Being Published