Rhonda Paglia, who is also known as “Grammy Pags,” is a very busy retired elementary teacher from Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Tony, have three children, five grandchildren, and a spunky little pup named Bella. Rhonda enjoys gardening, reading, yoga, playing the recorder, and tap dancing, besides writing, of course.
When Rhonda’s children were young, they wrote and illustrated stories together. Her students always wrote and illustrated stories as part of their classroom assignments. “Now,” she says, “It’s my turn to write stories.” She loves writing for her grandchildren who are her greatest inspirations.
What inspires you to write?
Currently, my grandchildren inspire me to write. They do and say such cute things that their tales and antics inspire my little stories.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m more of a seat – of- the – pants writer. I enjoy writing for fun and for entertainment. I also try to think about ways I can add something creative for the kids to make, or do, or think about by the end of my stories.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I hear the voices of my characters in my head. When I read or tell my stories, I try to reproduce their voices, actions, and personalities.
What advice would you give other writers?
I would say just write, write, write. I especially want to encourage children to write and illustrate their own books. There is nothing like reading a child’s book, and there is nothing like the satisfaction kids get out of creating their own stories. My grandson, Orion, now age 6, writes and illustrates his own stories. He doesn’t need me to help him anymore. His stories and ideas are very imaginative and he is proud to share his stories with his family. I think this speaks volumes. Writing and creating stories gives kids confidence, and stimulates their imaginations and inspires creativity. I offer some story writing ideas for kids on my blog: http://rhondapaglia.blogspot.com/
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish my books for several reasons: I have full control over the content, I can make changes and updates if and whenever I need to, and I don’t have to purchase massive copies of books at the onset. I love Createspace and have been so happy with their service. I will stick with them for now.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It seems that the wave of the future is self-publishing. However, the big challenge is marketing.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Children’s fiction, children’s spiritual, fun, adventure, fantasy, creativity
What formats are your books in?
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