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

Bloggger to WordPress

This started innocently enough. I followed a link to someone’s blog which was a WordPress blog. I had a WP blog years ago, but never fully converted over to WP. I was hesitant because I was used to blogger. Now that I’m more familiar with WP, I like the “clean” look that most WP blogs have.

As I visited my friend’s blog I decided to revisit my old WP blog. I started to toy around with it and I have to admit that I like this much better. It will be a pain to “start over” again, but I believe it makes sense. I’ve grown as an author and it is important to keep growing. You can’t grow if you never try new things. So, here I go. I’m starting a new blogging adventure.

Author News

I have some news to share! 

First, my new picture book, Caitie the Caterpillar was just released from Guardian Angel Publishing. This is my fourth picture book with GAP and I can’t wait to share it with all of you. 

Here’s a little more about the book:

Caitie the Caterpillar
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
ISBN: 9781616337513 1616337516 

Purchase Links: 

Blurb: It is a beautiful day for milkweed, until Caitie the Caterpillar runs into Swift Sparrow. Soon, Caitie and her new friend Alexander Ant, must find a way to escape the hungry bird. As Caitie faces Swift Sparrow and her own fears, she begins the process of a beautiful transformation.

My second piece of news is my recent visit to Ringing Rocks Elementary School. It was a beautiful school with enthusiastic first graders. 

We read Teresa’s Shadow and discussed the writing process. I asked the question, “How long do you think it took me to write Teresa’s Shadow?” My favorite answer was, “10 minutes!” 

After we read Teresa’s Shadow we also talked about how shadows are made and even created some of our own shadows with our hands. 

It was a fun day and everyone was extremely welcoming at the school. As an added treat,I did a book reveal of Caitie the Caterpillar since it was just released. They were so excited to be the first group of children to see the new book. 

Book Review: Don’t You Forget About Me

 A Book Review by author Jennifer Gladen

Don’t You Forget About Me is an exciting, totally relatable, and laugh-inducing novel by Erin McCole Cupp and published by Full Quiver Publishing. I bought this great read at an author event back in February and finally had time to read it.  I could kick myself for not making time for it sooner.  At just 209 pages, this is a fast, yet thrilling read.

We meet Cate Whelihan, a “fallen away Catholic” and author who is strongly encouraged by her best friend to return to her old neighborhood to pay respects at a funeral and possible present at her old school. Cate is hesitant to return due to many bad memories of her childhood. After much persuading, Cate takes the plunge and heads back to her hometown. What happens next is a series of exciting twists and turns and plops Cate right in the middle of a dark and life threatening mystery.

 If you’re an avid reader, 80’s fan and  looking for a quick great read this summer, I highly recommend Don’t You Forget About Me. Where can you get it and learn more? Below are some links I gathered. Enjoy!

 Purchase the book in print or Kindle at Amazon  
 Learn more about Erin McCole Cupp and her writing at Erin McCole Cupp’s Website
 Don’t miss the trailer for the book here:  Check out the Trailer

If you’ve read it, tell me what do you think? What are some of your favorite parts? 

Author Fun at the Library

Photo Credit: Atglen Public Library

I was so excited. What could be better than meeting up with not one, but SEVERAL local authors in Author and Reader Heaven (A.K.A -The Library)? Some writer friends and I joined a Valentine’s  event at Atglen Public Library where we could bring our books, speed date with books, do blind dating with books and talk about our books. I couldn’t wait!

The day finally arrives. My son had a sleepover, so I woke up early to make the kids breakfast. One broken sunny side up egg and several burnt pancakes later, I move on to baking the star shaped cookies I planned to bring with me. Things were going well ( I should have known) and I finally pulled my last batch out of the oven. I placed the tray on the counter and proceeded to knock my freshly baked cookies onto the floor! Ugh. So I nixed the cookies. I was a little frustrated, but at least I had a funny Facebook post. I quickly grabbed my shower, grabbed my author things and ran out the door.

I was thirsty, so I grabbed a small can of soda. Finally, I was on my way. Halfway down the Turnpike, I reach for my open soda. That’s when I realized it fell. Sideways. Emptying itself into the container in front of it. The last thing I want is the puddle to dry into a sticky gooey mess, so I grab anything sitting around and clean up as best as possible.

Finally, I was almost at my destination. Other than missing my turnoff a few times (yes, a FEW) I finally pull up in front of the library. Once there, I knew my crazy morning was over. Despite the hurdles and obstacles I finally made it. Despite the temptations to give up and turn around, I kept at it and it was worth it.

I walked in to a lovely cozy library filled with friendly people. The staff was kind and welcoming. The atmosphere was inviting. I just wanted to grab a book, sit down and read! Then I met up with the authors, some of whom I’ve known online for a while. It was such a wonderful feeling to know that there were so many local authors to meet and network with.

My humble table
Today’s events reminded me a little of the journey in writing. There are many obstacles. Just when you think you have things under control, you don’t. However, just when you’ve wondered if you can go any further or do any more, the glorious ending is in sight. You reach your goal and you momentarily forget everything you went through to get there. In this case, meeting other authors and hearing their stories was worth the trip ten times over. I found everyone there inspiring and found myself wishing I lived just a little closer so we could all do this more often. So the lesson in all this? Never give up. The benefits often outweigh the troubles the journey brings you. If you stick with it, the troubles often make the ending that much sweeter. 

On the way home

Coming up: I recently purchased Erin M Cupp‘s Don’t You Forget About Me. A review will follow shortly!

The World of Writing Distractions

I saw an awesome image by Zachary Petit about all the crazy distractions we writers delve into once we actually put that BIC (“butt in chair”). Head on over to view the infographic and see where you fall, after reading and commenting here, of course.

The graphic is amusing to most of us because it is something we can relate to. This got me to thinking: Why do we procrastinate so much as writers. We LOVE our craft and we love everything about the writing world. So what about it makes us get distracted?

To start, writing is tough work. We love it, but it is hard – even for those of us who are quite gifted in this area. It can take a while to get your brain working, which probably explains the massive amounts of caffeine we find irresistible.

Then there’s the writer’s block. No matter what we do, we’ve hit a wall. Really, the best thing we can do is to keep writing. Add another word. Take it one word at a time. Often though we tend to allow the distractions to enter:  “I’ll just take a small break while I check my e-mail, roam Facebook, tweet how horrible writer’s block is…”

But there may be a glimmer of hope to us procrastinating writers. For some, the distractions aid in the thought process. How many times has a plot twist or story idea hit you while you’re doing the dishes or taking a shower? How many times while playing a game with your child have you thought, “You know, if this happened and then that happened, I’d have a great picture book!”  How many times after googling about writing did you find one sentence that inspired you? This blog post alone was inspired by an image someone posted on Facebook. Something stirred in me and I dropped everything to get the post in. (Being a mom too, I had to pause here and there to feed the kids, but it got done. )

So, maybe there is a method to this madness and that is why we not only are able to laugh at ourselves, but also embrace our distracting habits.

Now, stop procrastinating and get back to work!

Happy Writing!

The Words of a Teacher

Tonight was a big night. I took my oldest daughter out to a high school open house. It wasn’t just any school. This open house was at the school I went to. As soon as we pulled up, a flood of memories rushed over me.

 As we entered through the auditorium door, I remembered the last day of Junior Year. It was dismissal time and we juniors were anxious to start our summer vacation, when we heard the words “Seniors, you may now leave the auditorium.” It took us a minute and then we realized the speaker was talking to us. We broke out in cheers and began our summer vacation.

As my daughter and I made our way into the cafeteria to wait for our tour, memories of friends, dances, and warm cheese reminded me of high school days.

However, the highlight of the night was the tour. Our group entered into the English department in Room 107. As soon as I saw the classroom, chills ran down my arms. This was THE room. This is where it happened. It was the first time someone ever called me a writer! In Senior Year, we worked what seemed like an entire semester on an essay. We worked in groups and critiqued each other’s work There were rewrites and more rewrites. Finally, we were ready to turn in our papers. A few days later I got my paper back and it said, “Great job, you little writer you!” I’ve never forgotten those words and I wished she was there tonight to tell her that her words helped give me the courage I needed to become an author.

The words of a teacher can shape a child. As a teacher and an author I try to remember that. As my daughter and I made our way home tonight, I left the school cherishing the memories and honoring that little encouragement I received so many years ago. Now as my daughter embarks on her high school journey, I hope she finds the same support.

Show Don’t Tell

My daughter’s 7th grade classroom has an amazing teacher who is enthusiastic about writing and the writing process. After hearing how they are learning about “Showing, not telling,” I recently offered to do a classroom visit to reinforce the concept they are learning. 

As an author and editor I was thrilled to hear how the teacher is sharing with them about the real writing process and what matters to editors. When we show instead of tell in our writing, we make the writing jump off the page.
I asked the children for examples of showing for the sentence “He liked this safe place.” My favorite response? “His eyes lit up when he walked in”. Amazing – and from a 7th grader. I suspect us writers are going to have some strong competition in a few years. 

Some more examples of showing versus telling:

  • Telling:    It was a nice day.  
  • Showing: The sun gleamed through the bright blue sky. The warm breeze tickled my cheek 

  • Telling:  He was sad.
  • Showing: A frown crept across his face as a tear escaped from his eye.

  • Telling: My room is a mess.
  • Showing: Clothes lay strewn all over the room. Checkers decorated the remaining visible floor. 

Join in the conversation. What are your Showing Versus Telling sentences? 

The March VBT Tour

A little late in posting – but  below is the March  Book tour schedule . Come check out  all these fantastic authors and their blogs

The Writers on the Move’s March 2011 Tour Schedule

1st Debra Eckerling is featuring Margaret Fieland

2nd Kathy Stemke is featuring Jennifer Gladen

3rd Nancy Famolari is featuring Jenny Turner

4th Margaret Fieland is featuring Jennifer Wylie

5th Carolyn Howard-Johnson is featuring Stephen Tremp

6th Heather Paye is featuring Mayra Calvani

7th Marvin Wilson is featuring Virginia Grenier

8th Stephen Tremp is featuring Mari Taylor

9th Karen Cioffi is featuring Kevin McNamee

10th Martha Swirzinski is featuring Carolyn Howard-Johnson

11th Heidi Thomas is featuring Kathy Stemke

12th Dallas Woodburn is featuring Karen Cioffi

13th Maggie Ball is featuring Nancy Famolari

14th Virginia Grenier is featuring Donna McDine

15th Kevin McNamee is featuring Marvin Wilson

16th Elysabeth Eldering is featuring Shelby Patrick

17th Marietta Taylor is featuring Debra Eckerling

18th Robert Medak is featuring Heidi Thomas

19th Donna McDine is featuring Dallas Woodburn

20th Shelby Patrick is featuring Heather Paye

21st Mayra Calvani is featuring Robert Medak

22nd Jennifer Gladen is featuring Martha Swirzinski

23rd Jenny Turner is featuring Elysabeth Eldering

24th Jennifer Wylie is featuring Maggie Ball

Teresa’s Shadow Featured on Kathy Stemke’s Blog

Please Stop by Author Kathy Stemke’s Blog and learn more about my book, Teresa’s Shadow. Learn about the book, where to find it and even get an excerpt.  See it all here: