I am an award-winning writer, photographer and artist. I began writing in high school, and was an editor of the school newspaper. Over the years, my stories and books for children have been well received by kindergarten teachers for use in their classrooms. Two of my children’s picture ebooks are currently available on Amazon and Smashwords.
I currently live in Southwest Florida, where I enjoy writing, painting, photography, crafts, volunteering, reading, scrabble and travel with my husband and best friend, Bill.
What inspires you to write?
I am passionate about the importance of teaching children to love reading. I believe it is the foundation of all learning.
Tell us about your writing process.
I guess you would call me a seat of the pants writer. I get an idea and sit down and write it. I allow it to sit for awhile and then go back and begin revising. When I am happy with it, I try it out on children to see if they like it. I always have several ideas in various stages of development.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
As a picture book writer, I’m not called upon to develop characters with a lot of depth. To me, it is more important to capture their feelings than to define their character in detail. I try to put myself in their place and imagine how they are feeling and how they would react to the situation in which I have placed them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write and write more. Then read what you have written. If it doesn’t flow, the reader will lose interest.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I am not a patient person. I hate to send in a query or a manuscript and wait for it to be accepted or rejected. When I learned of the opportunity to self-publish ebooks, I knew I had to try it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that book publishing is evolving, along with the rest of the world. As long as we continue to teach children the many joys of reading, there will be a demand for books. The demand may vary from traditional print books to ebooks or even to audio books, but a good story will always be welcomed. As writers, we must be prepared to evolve with the times and reformat our work into whichever configuration is in favor with the reading public.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer.
What genres do you write?
Children’s fiction and picture Ebooks Ages 3 – 7
What formats are your books in?