Magic Letters: The Keys to the World of Words (Catch the Reading Bug) (Lightning Bug Learning Press, Jan. 2010)
Magic Words: Discovering the Adventure of Reading (Catch the Reading Bug) (Lightning Bug Learning Press, Jan. 2010)
Both books are part of a new learn to read series called, “Catch the Reading Bug!” books.
Tell us something about yourself.
I have been a professional educator since 1998. In addition to classroom teaching, I have been a Reading Intervention instructor, English Language Development teacher, and private tutor. Magic Letters and Magic words are my first two books.
What inspired you to write these books?
From my classroom and parenting experiences, I realized that there was a need for books to support the earliest readers. Young children need vibrant books for that instill the love of reading, engage young learners, and promote reading success. In addition, parents need books that parallel classroom learning. I have included those important characteristics into Magic Letters and Magic Words.
How did you publish your books?
I started my own indy press called Lightning Bug Learning Press. I didn’t want to wait three years to get good books into the hands of children. In addition, as my press grows, I would like to publish books by other teachers.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I started my career as an elementary school teacher. I never intended to become an author, but saw a need and decided to fill it.
What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?
You have to know your audience. What do they need? What do they want?
How do you do research for your books?
I went to bookstores and libraries to see what was currently available. I analyzed what I liked about the books and what I didn’t like, as both a parent and teacher.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing your books?
I learned a lot about the publishing process and publishing industry. There is too much to mention!
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
I am in the beginning stages of writing the third book in the “Catch the Reading Bug!” series. It will be geared toward first and second grade readers.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Do your research and make your book different or unique from others already published.
What are you doing to promote your latest book?
I gave reading tips on an AM Northwest segment on KATU news. I recently did a book signing at the 2010 Public Library Association show. I have an upcoming radio interview on Blogtalkradio.com, The Complete Teacher.
Where can readers learn more about you and your books?
Any major bookstore