Caroline Hepfler – Pickles & Popcorn, Recipes & Rhymes

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

My new book is called, “Pickles & Popcorn, Recipes & Rhymes.” It is a children’s cook book filled with over 30 recipes. Each recipe is accompanied with a fun rhyme and an illustration drawn by a child from my area. Nineteen different children ranging in age from 1 to 12 illustrated this book.

Tell us something about yourself.

I grew up in the country near the small town of Cornell in Northwestern Wisconsin. Today I live in Eau Claire, WI which is only about 40 miles away from where I grew up. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember but I didn’t take it seriously until I turned 30. Some people spend their whole life not knowing what their God given gift is. I don’t fully understand my gift, but I know that children (and people in general) are drawn to me. No matter where I go, children will just come up to me and start talking to me. It’s kind of funny but I like it.

What inspired you to write this book?

My own two children inspired me to write this book. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen with my kids. We like to make up rhymes and laugh and cook together.

How did you choose the title?

The title is a combination of two different recipes that are in the book. I just thought it sounded catchy, so I went with it.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I stumbled into getting published the first time. I just started looking for publishers on the Internet and submitting manuals. When I held my first book, “Huckleberry’s Hiccups” in my hands for the first time, I knew I found my lifetime career. Now I never want to stop writing.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?

I love to read classic juvenile books. My mom got me hooked on Laura Ingalls Wilder books because she named me after Laura’s mom, Caroline.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
I am working on my next book! It is a Children’s Christian Bedtime Story. It is about a Dad and his Angel. That’s all I can give away right now.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

My advice is write about things you love. I never write things because I think they will sell. I write from my heart. That way I can be proud of my work no matter what other people think. If you do that, you will always sleep good at night.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

Children ages 5 to 12.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book? my publisher’s site a demo from my book my facebook fan page