Author Interviews

Interview with Author Marie D’Abreo

Welcome Author Marie D’Abreo. She is the talented author of several publications including graphic novels and comics. She has a fascinating background which you can read about here.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I got interested in writing when I was in high school. It wasn’t until graduate school when a professor told me, “Oh, I see you’re a writer”, that I realized, well, maybe I am!

How long have you been writing professionally?

I published my first book in 2014.

What does your writing schedule look like?

All over the place! But generally it takes up about 4 hours a day, with break periods every hour or so.

What are your favorite books to read?

Graphic novels, biographies, airplane-ride fiction, and spiritual stuff. I just finished “Bare-Bones Meditation” by Joan Tollifson.

What have you found to be the most difficult thing about writing? 

It can be hard on the body and mind. Stretch, go for walks… And when you get stuck in the creative process, go do something completely different! Then you’ll usually have an idea on the loo..

What have you found to be the most rewarding?

There’s a unique sense of fulfillment in having fully expressed something that came from who-knows-where. Writing is a rather magical process.

What advice to you have for aspiring authors?

Write what you want and for the love of it. And keep at it.

What publications do you have out now?

Beautiful (Book One): A Girl’s Trip Through the Looking Glass, Beautiful (Book Two): Living with the Frenemy, Beautiful (Book Three): Game of Crones, Lost in Guyville, Sky Orb

Do you have an upcoming release? If so, tell us about it.

Book one of the ‘Beautiful’ series is coming out in French and Spanish. It’s pretty cool to see your characters talking in a different language! ‘Beautiful: Un voyage à travers le miroir’ (French Edition) and ‘Beautiful: Un viaje a través del espejo’ (Spanish Edition)

What writing projects are you working on?

My next book might be a graphic novel memoir, or it could be a picture book. We’ll see which idea wins out.

Where can we follow you and purchase your books?

Books by Marie D’Abreo are available on Amazon , Barnes and Noble, Ingram and at San Francisco comic book stores.

Author Interviews

Interview with Author Sheri Pape

Sheri Page is the author of the Cassie picture book series. She took a few minutes to stop by and answer some questions about writing and her career.

Welcome Sheri. Tell us a little bit about your writing life.

I started writing in 1984, but have been professionally writing for 12 years.

What are your favorite books to read?

I love picture books!

What has been the most difficult thing about writing? The most rewarding?

I find the editing process is the most difficult. The most rewarding is being creative while writing my stories.

What publications do you have out now?

My books are Cassie’s Marvelous Music Lessons and Cassie Pup Takes the Cake?? They are the winners of five national children’s book awards.

Are there any other upcoming releases?

Another Cassie sequel. Cassie Pup’s Favorite, Funny, Creepy-Crawly Children’s Stories (Children’s Rhyming Stories).

Where can we follow you and purchase your books?
http://www.sheripoe-pape.com. Books can be purchased there, along with Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Books A Million.

Author Interviews

Interview with Author Rae Rankin

Welcome to my blog Rae! Thank you for stopping by.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I realized I wanted to be a writer when I was in 7th grade.

How long have you been writing professionally?

I published my first children’s book, Cowgirl Lessons, in 2017. I have been writing off and on for years.

What does your writing schedule look like?
I have a full time job, as well as several contract jobs. I squeeze writing where I can. Usually it’s in the barn while my daughter is riding her horse.

What are your favorite books to read?

I love books of all kinds. My favorite book as a child was called Molly’s Moe.

What have you found to be the most difficult thing about writing?
Trying not to be overly critical of my own writing.

What have you found to be the most rewarding?
Connecting with both children and adults when I am doing readings of my books.

What advice to you have for aspiring authors?
Just keep writing. That’s the trick.

What publications do you have out now?

Four. Cowgirl Lessons, Cowgirl Christmas, Beach Day, and Mountain Girl

Do you have an upcoming release? If so, tell us about it.
I just released Mountain Girl in June. It’s a charming story of a girl and her family on a vacation to a quaint mountain town and their adventures.

What writing projects are you working on?
I’m working on another Cowgirl book. Tentatively titled Cowgirl and the Ghost Horse.

That sounds interesting! Where can we follow you and purchase your books?
You can follow me on Instagram @raerankinauthor, Twitter @cavezzale, Facebook @raerankin, my website at http://www.raerankin.com. All of my books are available at Amazon and other online retailers.

Thank you again for stopping by. Readers, if you or your child are a fan of cowgirls, give these books a try!

Author Interviews

Interview with Author Amanda Lowney

This week I interviewed children’s author Amanda Lowney. She is the author of the picture book Zora the Water Dog. 
JG:   We all had that “A-ha Moment” when we knew we wanted to be a writer. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
AL:  When I had my children and I was looking for something productive to do during the odd hours I had free.
JG:  What does your writing schedule look like? 
AL
: Very sporadic. In between watching my kids, marketing my first book and all the other odds and ends!
JG: I can relate to that. What have you found to be the most difficult thing about writing?
AL: Finding the time to write. Marketing.
JG: What have you found to be the most rewarding?
Watching my two daughters ask for my book at storytime.
JG:  Aww. That melts my heart. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Take your time when finalizing your book. Don’t try and rush it just to get it out there. You will be happier in the long run!

JG: That is so true. Very wise advice. What publications do you have out now?
Zora, The Water Dog

JG:  Do you have an upcoming release? If so, tell us about it.
Just released Zora, The Water Dog in the last few months. I do have the second book in the series hopefully coming out late this year!
JG:  Where can we follow you and purchase your books?
You can find me on Facebook and my book is on Amazon.

Thanks so much for stopping by Amanda.

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Meet Author Aaron McGinley

Please join me in welcoming author Aaron McGinley, the author of the beloved book Aiden McGee Gets a Case of the “Actuallys”.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Children inspire you. I’ve always done professional writing, and my silly side always came out in my work with kids and at a summer camp. But I knew when I had my kid and she inspired a dream, I had to model for them to follow through.

How inspirational! How long have you been writing professionally?

This is my first book!

What does your writing schedule look like?

Have you ever tried to write a book with a crying baby in one hand and a keyboard in the other, at 9 at night? I have!

Yes. It is quite the struggle. What are your favorite books to read? Any that might not be well known?

I love a good thriller. Also, as a therapist, I devour psychology articles!

What have you found to be the most difficult thing about writing?

In my case, it was realizing that the traditional publishing route has very regimented ideas about what makes a book sell. For instance, my book targets highly intelligent children, and realizing that parents know they can manage a higher word count, but that publishers don’t was disheartening. I don’t regret going the independent route though, because now my book is landing into the hands of parents, kids, teachers, and therapists that appreciate it!

What have you found to be the most rewarding?

Almost daily, I hear from parents that are using the book as a tool to help their bright children to connect with others.

That is truly rewarding. What advice to you have for aspiring authors?

Just do it.

What publications do you have out now?

Aiden McGee Gets a Case of The Actuallys. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SK9226S

Do you have an upcoming release? If so, tell us about it.

I might have a few tricks up my sleeve! Follow me on amazon!

What writing projects are you working on?

The one that will soon be released and another one of the three series

Where can we follow you and purchase your books?

You can purchase my books here.

Thank you for joining us Aaron! Check him out on Facebook!

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Interview with Author Patricia Moore

Today we speak with children’s author Patricia Moore. She is the author of Latoya’s Downton Day, which I reviewed in my last post. Check out what she has to say.

Welcome to my Blog, Patricia. Thank you for stopping by. Let’s get started.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

PM: After listening to a children’s author at my local library, I thought I could write a book for children. I left encouraged after his talk.

How long have you been writing professionally?

PM : 3.5 years

What does your writing schedule look like?

  PM : write at night when my house is fairly quiet.

What are your favorite books to read?

PM : I have read Gone With The Wind twice already and To Kill A mocking Bird twice. Both I really enjoyed reading.

What have you found to be the most difficult thing about writing? 

PM : It seems like there are so many people who are writers and I think my work may not be all that important.

What have you found to be the most rewarding?

PM : I really enjoy getting a positive review, especially from a blogger.

What advice to you have for aspiring authors?

PM : Read, read, read alot in the genre you want to write in. To be a good writer, you need to read a lot of books in your chosen genre. If possible, join a critique group. I don’t know where I would be with my writing without my critique group!

What publications do you have out now?

PM : First Winter, Just A Servant, The Angel With One Wing, and LaToya’s Downtown Day.

Do you have an upcoming release? If so, tell us about it.

PM : My newest release is La Toya’s Downtown Day. This book is close to my heart. LaToya is a girl who lives in the projects of Chicago. She longs to go on her first trip to downtown. Her mother and her have adventures when they are finally able to go downtown. I have memories of going downtown with my mom when I was a child. I enjoyed our time together.

Where can we follow you and purchase your books?

PM : I can be contacted at moore-allen@sbcglobal.net   I also have a website, patriciaamoore.wix.com/home

You can get my book at Amazon It is free on Kindle Unlimited

Author Interviews

Meet Author Stacy C. Bauer

I was very excited to meet up with author and teacher Stacy C. Bauer. She has two fun books out titled Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff and Cami Kangaroo Has Too Many Sweets. You can see my reviews here. I also put a copy of the interview in my newsletter (when you sign up, you get a first look at the interviews along with free coloring pages and a lesson plan on shadows.)

Welcome Stacy! Thank you for coming by. Let’s get started!

When did you realize you wanted to become a writer?

SB: I’ve been writing since I was a child, but really realized I wanted to publish a book “for real” after college.

What does your writing schedule look like?

SB: I have two small children and am a full time teacher, so I really don’t have a schedule. I write when I can, which mostly is at 10:00 PM

What are your favorite books to read?

SB: I love young adult fantasy and historical fiction.

What have you found to be the most difficult thing about writing?

SB: Not enough time!! And I would love to have someone manage the marketing and financial side of things — so much to juggle!

What has been your favorite thing about writing?

SB: I love to see the finished product after I have spent a year on it.

What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

SB: Research! Learn as much as you can from author Facebook groups and other authors.

Thanks again for stopping by Stacy!

You can follow Stacy C. Bauer on Facebook , Instagram or at her Website