Huge thanks Dionna! Glad to be here. It's been wonderful learning more about the other members of Kelly's Crew!
I've enjoyed it, too! Now, your turn. How'd you get interested in writing for kids?
An especially challenging year in my life that got me writing--the abrupt loss of my healthcare job and coping with my mom's terminal illness in the middle of Minnesota's winter. I'd long wanted to write, but mainly procrastinated by reading books on the craft. But the burning need to escape the house led to hours in busy, cozy coffee shops and actual attempts at writing. It was stumbling onto picture books filled with stereotypes of older people that prompted me to try writing picture books with a more accurate, upbeat account of the aging process.
Upbeat While Aging--that's my metaphorical work-in-progress! Are there any other topics that excite you, the author?
I've known so many fantastic, older role models and I'm totally drawn to reading and writing about people that have enjoyed the different stages of their lives. It's very inspiring to realize a person accomplished something in later life that absolutely required the life experience they'd acquired. I'm also drawn to topics related to nature, to our environment and our changing world.
Seeing Nana compete in the Senior Olympics would inspire a kid, to be sure! So what do you love about working with Kelly?
I feel incredibly fortunate to be represented by Kelly. Cynthia Surrisi, another client of Kelly's, introduced us. Lucky me! One thing I love about Kelly is how talented she is at helping me fine tune my picture book manuscripts. She unerringly puts her finger on things that bothered me about the manuscript, albeit subconsciously! Each manuscript has been so improved by Kelly's knowledge of writing and the current market.
I agree. Kelly knows her stuff! Well, thank so much for closing out our blog party. It's been super fun "meeting" everyone. Don't make yourself a stranger.
I won't! Thanks again for hosting the party.