About Aileen Stewart:
Aileen Stewart is the award winning author of the Fern Valley Series as well as the new Quack and Daisy Picture Book Series, a public speaker, amateur photographer, a blogger, and SCBWI member. In addition, she hosts writing workshops for children in first to sixth grade, offers library and school visits, and speaks at events. She resides in lovely Shelby, Ohio with her beautiful daughter, wonderful husband, and their crazy cats Max, Daisy, and Fluffy. Her motto is “Kids Who Read Can Do Anything!”
What inspires you to write?
As a child I was inspired by my parents who were both great verbal story tellers. In addition, my father was a freelance author for hunting and fishing magazines. Today I am inspired by my husband who encourages me endlessly, my daughter who brings such joy to my life, and a tribe of wonderful authors and illustrators who have become my friends and confidants.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t really have a writing process. I don’t write every day but when I do write I find that I do my best work early in the morning before everyone else in the house rises. But most of all I just practice, practice, practice.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I treat them as if they were my children on my FB page. They also attend events with me and do interviews.
What advice would you give other writers?
Be patient, be positive, be persistent. And like me, practice, practice, practice.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I began by researching what others were doing. Then I began learning through trial and error just how the publishing industry works. It’s a tough business and not for the faint of heart! I started out by joining up with a children’s literary agency which is what all the articles recommended. But not knowing much about agents either, I ended up with an agency that did little to help, and which nickled and dimed me to death. After two years I ended our relationship and tried sending my manuscript out to small presses that were willing to read unsolicited materials. Eventually I found a hybrid publisher with whom I have been very happy.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Books will always be with us, but publishing trends are like the weather; despite the forecast, you never know from day to day what will happen. However, it does seem that picture books are containing fewer and fewer words.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Children’s
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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