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 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!

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.

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!

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

Fun with Jill Osborne

About a week ago I had the pleasure of talking with Jill Osborne about my newest book, Angel Donor. When Angel Donor won the P&E Reader’s Poll, I had a giveaway to celebrate. Jill, a writer and a play therapist, won the book. I am thrilled that she will not only be able to enjoy the book herself, but she added it to her collection for play therapy. It warms my heart that the book will be doing what it was meant to – to help other children.

When Jill read the book, she was excited about it and wanted to do an interview with me. Head on over to her blog and check out what we discussed. Thank you again Jill for your support of Angel Donor.

Interview with A Star in the Night’s David

I had a chance to talk with David, the main character in Jennifer Gladen’s Christmas book, “A Star in the Night” on Thanksgiving Day. Here’s what David had to say:

JG: Thanks for joining me David on this Thanksgiving Day. I won’t take up too much of your time since it is a holiday.

David: Thank you. I’m glad to be here.

JG: Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the Christmas Season. How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?

David: (Smiling) We have so much fun. Mom, Dad, me and baby Jesse all visit Grandmom’s house. She cooks a huge turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and lots of cranberry sauce. At the end of the night, Grandmom gives me some early Christmas money. She does this every year.

JG: What do you do with the early Christmas money?

David: I love to go to the mall. Sometimes I even have enough money left to buy some of Mr. Rennetti’s Christmas cookies on Christmas Eve.

JG: That’s right. We read about those cookies in A Star in the Night. They sound yummy.

David: They’re the best!

JG: In A Star in the Night, you seem to have a companion on your way home. Tell me, what did you think about it?

David: What? Oh you mean that star. Yes, that was a beautiful star. I never seen anything like it before. I felt like it followed me home that night.

JG: You ran into some interesting people that Christmas Eve.

David: Yes, they were. And wonderful people who I’m grateful to know. You’ll have to read the book to learn more about them.

JG: That’s fair. We’re about out of time. Is there anything you’d like me to share with our readers?

David: Enjoy your Thanksgiving and be sure to share my story with your families.

JG: Okay, will do. Happy Thanksgiving. Now go on back with your family.

Jen’s Writing Tip# 6 Top Ten Questions to Ask Your Character

When writing a story, it’s important to know your character. It’s been said you should know your character as well as you know yourself. One way to do that is to “interview” your character. You aren’t going to use all the information you come up with, but you will have a rich background of information to choose from.

How do you interview a character? Put yourself in the frame of mind of your character. What would she say or do in response to the questions? Before you know it, your character might not be able to stop talking.

Here are my top ten questions I ask my character:

10. Where do you live?

9. Who is in your family?

8. Do you get along with your family?

7. Who is your best friend and why?

6. What do you think of school? Is it fun, boring, horrifying?

5. What is the best thing that ever happened to you? Worst?

4. What do you like to do when you aren’t in school or with your friends?

3. What do you do when you get upset? Do you have a special place you go, or a routine you follow?

2. What do you think of boys/girls?

1. Tell me one interesting thing that your best friend doesn’t even to know.

I’m sure you can come up with even more questions. Once you get an idea of who your character is, you might end up with pages of questions to ask them. That’s okay. The more you know, the better your readers will enjoy your character.

Happy Writing!

My Light Magazine

The new issue of My Light Magazine is up at . We have a new addition to the My Light team this month. Her name is Carol Brooke and she is our new Illustrator Coordinator. She will match manuscripts with illustrators and review illustration submissions ( if you’d like to send a sample and help out as an illustrator, please send 3 samples and a cover letter to .) She has been a tremendous help already. We look forward to working with her.

The new issue of My Light includes an interview with Carol Brooke. Please visit and click on Meet Carol Brooke to learn more about her. As always, thank you for reading My Light Magazine.

All About Lanaia Lee

Before I post part two of Lanaia’s prologue, I have an interview to share with you. Lanaia stopped by the blog and answered some questions I had for her. I wanted to know more about this fascinating author, and I’m sure you do, too. I will post later today part 2 of the prologue. Below are some interesting Lanaia facts:

Do you have any pets?

Oh yes, I have a three month old cocker spaniel, named D. J., named for my husband, David. D. J. stands for David Junior. I recently had a seven year old Jack Russell Terrier named Jack, by my Japanese step-mother, Jack was diabetic and died May 19th, so my husband got me D. J. for my anniversary.

What is going on with your writing these days?

I am working on the final book of my fantasy series Of Atlantis, then I have 4 more novels planned with my publisher, A, G. Press, as well as a poetry book ever so often. I signed a life time contract with them

What are your future goals for your writing?

I want to see Of Atlantis go to the big screen. Almost every one knows Atlantis, but my books are unique, as the story idea, has never been done before.

In one sentence—what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?

I want to be synonymous with Of Atlantis, like George Lucas is with Star Wars or Gene Roddenbury is with Star Trek

Where can we find out more about you? (sign my guest book)

Is there a place where readers can reach you?

I am pretty much always on line writing, promoting, etc. e-mail me at

Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers—what would you like them to know about you and your writing?

I would like everyone to know, I am just a person like everyone else, even though I travel on wheels instead of legs. I am a very strong woman that has survived a lot. Give my writing a chance, read it and just like everyone that reads it, they say they are hooked. I hope my books, and the story of my life, there will be something for everyone. And thank you for taking the time to talk with me. I hope I gave you some in sight into Lanaia Lee and Of Atlantis.

New Clues in the SFC Mystery!

Okay, so I opened my e-mail this morning to find two more clues to the SFC Magazine’s mystery. In case you missed it here it goes:

“Find out WHO the BEST-KEPT SECRET FEATURED GUEST is at Stories for Children Magazine on September 1st:




More hints to follow in a few days…:-)”

I have to admit – they’ve got me!. I guess I’ll have to wait a week and see who it is. Good luck everyone!

Interview with Lacresha Hayes!

I stopped by Lacresha’s blog for an interview. we chatted about writing and about my new magazine, My Light Magazine. It is a Catholic centered magazine for children designed to help deepen their relationship with God.

Check out the interview at:

Lacresha was very nice and provided some fun questions.